How To: Mix His and Her Bedding

Living together doesn't have to mean choosing whether to use his stuff or hers.  In fact, when it comes to bedding, interior designer Betsy Burnham prefers to mix it up, layering masculine plaids, stripes and solids with feminine florals and lace.  Create a look that brings out the best of both worlds with these six tips: 01 Even if you live alone, mix and match bedding is always more fun than a bedding set.  Burnham encourages layering texture, color and pattern. 02 Her white ruffles can live happily with his gray sheets; so, too, her floral duvet with his striped pillows.  Here, Bunham takes his plaids and stripes and mixes them with her ethnic throw and white quilt and pillows. 03 If you're new to the whole mix and match thing, limit your palette to no more than three colors and one neutral.  Grey pillows and a gray top sheet balance the vivid blue and wine plaid and the ethnic bedspread and the wine throw (think gray suit with a pinstriped shirt and a floral tie) 04 When in doubt, Burnham suggests anchoring a mix and match look with a white sheet.  "It's always crisp and inviting."  No white?  Any solid will do. 05 A small repetitive print, like plaids, stripes, and polka dots and a big splashy print in a floral or an abstract can co-exist as long as everything is not the same scale. 06 Burnham suggests playing with monogramming.  A classic neutral sheet with monogram, "maybe done in a bright pink," mixes classic masculine style with a touch of feminine whimsy. shop-look
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Austin Throw, $45, Pottery Barn Indigo Dyed Batik, $295, Jayson Home DKNY Whisper Sheet Set, From $100, Bed Bath & Beyond
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Striped Shams, Price Upon Request, Betsy Burnham Diamond Linen Quilt, From $211, Pottery Barn Plaid Pillows, Price Upon Request, Betsy Burnham
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 Prescott Charger, $20, Crate & Barrel  Mallorca Cup, $7, Crate & Barrel Diamond Linen Standard Sham, $47, Pottery Barn
Photographs: Jose Leon, Portrait Courtesy of Burnham Design