In Home Decorating, Why Do Opposites Attract?

Share Article

Calico Corners offers ideas on combining his and hers styles in the master bedroom.

A crisp black and white scheme in custom bedding from Calico Corners creates a master bedroom that reflects both feminine and masculine qualities. The upholstered headboard in a lattice jacquard fabric provides great support for reading in bed. And the forsythia yellow pillow adds a bright accent note.

But do add some pattern for punch so that you don’t have a room that is too plain, too stark

In marriage, and in decorating, opposites seem to attract. No matter the reason, creating a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing master bedroom for both his and her styles can be a challenge. Here's how Calico Corners was able to help the couple described below:

The Problem
He likes dark wood tones and Ralph Lauren hunting prints. She loves Laura Ashley florals and lush botanicals. He doesn't want to drown in a 15-piece bed ensemble. She wants to be able to comfortably read in bed before going to sleep.

The Solution
The design mavens at Calico Corners have a number of simple solutions on combining his and her styles. Jan Jessup, national spokesperson for Calico Corners, offers a few suggestions to make this part of the marriage work with style and flair.

"First, remember that a lot of men really like the idea of being in a lady’s most intimate room and may appreciate feminine touches in the bedroom," noted Jessup. Just don’t over do it with flowers, frills and ruffles, she added.

To create a refuge that is comfortable for both sexes, think beyond frilly comforts such as loads of pillows. Men typically don’t like lots of pillows on the bed, so keep those to a minimum. This creates a less cluttered room that will appeal to both—and it's easier to make the bed.

Choose bed linens that are a bit more subdued, not only in color, but in pattern as well. When it comes to sheets, white is classic and for good reason. It will never conflict with anything else in the room and white and ivory sheets are restful.

Think beyond masculine striped fabrics and feminine floral prints and consider a chic, crisp color scheme such as navy and white or black and white. Avoid too many patterns and floral prints when choosing wall coverings, upholstery or window treatments.

"But do add some pattern for punch so that you don’t have a room that is too plain, too stark," said Jessup. An accent pillow or shams may be just enough for visual interest. Consider paisleys, ikats, damasks, plaids, geometrics or graphic florals that seem more gender neutral as patterns.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2008, Calico Corners provides expert advice, decorating solutions and in-home design consultation in addition to quality designer fabrics for the home, trims, custom window treatments and upholstered furniture. For more information on Calico Corners products and services, or to find the nearest store location, visit or call (800) 213-6366.

Contact Information:
Jan Jessup
Calico Corners
610-444-9700 x262

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jan Jessup
Visit website