Bold Geometric Patterns
While you need not focus on Piet Mondrian’s rigid style, bold geometric patterns are a good choice for a masculine comforter set. They can draw upon several different native traditions, including the rug and blanket patterns of southwestern United States. Bars of thirsty orange and bands of bold black can brighten a room and make a statement of strength and energy. Add a lighter colored background to keep it from becoming overwhelming, along with dark colored furniture.
Scenes from the Wild
Wolves, deer, eagles and similar figures can be used as embroidery patterns or print figures in the fabric for a room with a male occupant. And don’t forget fantasy creatures such as dragons or winged snakes – if this is a gift, your guy might very well have a closet hero costume hidden beneath his ordinary clothing. Perhaps not Clark Kent but at the very least a Peter Parker.
Farm Machinery and Big Rigs
If the “man” in question is younger than age ten, he might enjoy a comforter that has farm machinery, a larger tractor and trailer rig, or even heavy construction equipment printed into the fabric. These often come in bright yellows and greens, making it easy to set up a color scheme with the comforter in mind.
Ideas from Nature
Sand, sea, and sun provide natural themes for any sleeping area. Bright blue waves, interspersed with starfish, crabs and the like make a pleasing pattern and might appeal to someone who is fond of boating and fishing. Oak or maple leaves also make a nice print.
Soft shades of brown or green also make a pleasant comforter set. A non-representational pattern can be soothing. Place on a bed with a dark colored frame, against walls that are a light tan or cream for a pleasing effect.
Trims and Edging
If a dust ruffle is required, make it a dark color so that the spread pulls attention away from it. It might be preferred that it have box corners, rather than being gathered. Edges can have a cord piping or a bit of braid to add interest and to keep seams in place. Tie tacks or buttons can be used to keep the quilting in place.