If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?’
– John Wayne (1907-1979)
Black and White is probably the most elegant, powerful and enticing color combination.
Black and White stands at each end of the color spectrum, and therefore has maximum contrast.
Black is what the eye sees when all colors are absorbed rather than reflected, so it is not a color in the usual sense of the word.
White on the other hand is the source of full-spectrum light from which all other colors spring, reflecting all colors in equal measure.
Philosopher and color theorist Rudolph Steiner saw color as the borderline between, Black and White: it’s what happens when light is shone into darkness. When seen in this way black can be seen as a color of mistery and potential. It’s associated with silence and the darkness of the night, when all is at rest. Black is also connected with a strong sense of discipline, order and self control.
White on the contrary is the light that penetrates the dark.
It reflects most of the light that falls on it, so it brings luminosity to the bedroom and visually expand the bedding area.
Therefore it makes perfect sense to mix up these opposite colors for maximum impact. The sharp, neat contrast will surely make a bold statement and enhance your whole bedroom attire.
1. Black and White Bedding : Will it work for Your Bedroom? Take our quick test below to find out:
2. Black and White Bedding do’s and don’ts
Where White reflects nearly 100% of the light that falls on it, Black absorbs more than 60% of it and thus dramatically darkens a room if used in quantity. It can however be used to striking effect as an accent color in conjunction with white, where it can help to focus the concentration and heighten attention.
Black flowers, such as roses and black violets prominently placed in the room make a stunning display too.
Keep the sharp contrast with straight lines (i.e. Black and White striped patterns)
Don’t overuse black as it can very easily enhance its negative connotations and make your bedroom dull and uninspired while visually reducing the space around your bed.
If you feel it’s too much of a contrast tune it down with mid grey tones accent pillows.
….or Make the bed stand out with pure black & white and desaturate the rest of the bedroom with pristine white or with lighter shades of grey / taupe.
KISS (keep it simple stupid!). Sometimes as the old adage says : Less is more. Do not add too many bedding items and decorative pillows and keep a neat, minimalist look.
3. Black and White OR White and Black? Two faces of the same coin!
“To know one thing, you must know the opposite.”
Henry Spencer Moore (1898 – 1986) English sculptor and artist
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang
While it’s recommended to have white as the main base color and keep black as an accent, still the striking black accent itself will draw most of the visual attention. Therefore the two complementary colors will be well balanced even if they show up unevenly on your bedding ensemble.
And contrary to other color combinations that drift in and out of fashion Black and White is always there, it’s always being used and gives your bedding a timeless appearance.
4. When you’d better stay away from it
“While black and white decor easily coordinates itself color-wise, this simple decor scheme is still far from fool-proof! The look of black and white can range from minimalist chic to wild safari. First do some research and decide what kind of style or effect you want (modern, art deco, rococo, minimal, etc.) and plan ahead to avoid an unconnected, chaotic look. ”
Definitely NO for traditional style bedrooms with a dominance of earthy tones of ivory, taupe, caramel and beige.
Definitely a NO if you like intricated / elaborated very textured patterns on your bedding.
5. Ok, I’m in. Let’s go for it!