Life Lessons: Match Your Linens to Your Pets for Maximum Domestic Harmony

Life Lessons: Match Your Linens to Your Pets for Maximum Domestic Harmony

Taryn Williford
Oct 27, 2015

Admittedly, this might seem like a silly bit of advice, but I assure you it's a tip from my own experience, well-rooted in practicality. After all, smart shoppers consider the family's needs with every purchase. "The family," of course, also includes our furry friends.

When I first spotted dark charcoal linens in a moody, dark bedroom, I felt like I'd found my soulmate. The look was–for lack of a better word–perfect in my mind. I don't know if it was due to my frugality or some future-telling part of my brain (I usually am known to jump completely into things), but I decided this time to just barely dip my toes in to the world of dark linens, to start. I bought a single pair of black-ish pillow cases. Thankfully, I didn't splurge on the whole set.

You see, my husband and I share our bed with our fuzzy roommate, Bacon, a black-and-white Boston Terrier. Although he doesn't have much white fur (or so I thought), it seemed to get everywhere. It was quickly apparent that I'd never be able to keep those black pillowcases clean.

Exhibit B: Bacon the dog
(Image credit: Taryn Williford)

The Lesson: Match Sheets to Pets, As Best You Can

Since then, I've talked friends–people with Golden Labradors and a similar taste in moody linens–off the ledge. And I will offer the Apartment Therapy family the exact same advice I tell them: Match your bed sheets to your pets.

Bacon is black and white, so there's not one perfect color for us. But we have a mess of sheets now that are medium tones of beige and gray, and they seem to be the best option for camouflaging the pet hair that finds its way into our bed, from the well-loved dog that finds its way into our bed, nightly. I wouldn't have it any other way.

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