My son remodeled his room in black and silver and blue and thought that this would complement his choices. It is actually a little bit feminine/glitzy in person, but he turned it to the black side and uses the printed side of the shams more as a focal point with other plain colored pillows and it actually looks quite nice. It seems to be good quality so we will definitely be gently washing it rather than having it dry cleaned. For the price, who cares? The printed/embroidered side is not something you would want to cuddle up to but the back is very soft.