Today’s post is written in collaboration with Crane & Canopy, who were kind enough to send me a duvet cover + pillow shams from one of their gorgeous collections to spark a little bedroom refresh. As always, you can be confident that I’m committed to sharing products and companies I really and truly love and believe in!
I think I’ve discovered a secret of the universe…
An effortless, fail-proof decorating combination…
Probably, there’s some society out there sacredly devoted to keeping this revelation under wraps, but I’m going to share it with you and the rest of the internet today:
Black + white + leopard + floral.
I’m convinced it’s the invincible decorating combo. A power-quartet, if you will.
I’ve tested this theory in over two* rooms of my house, so it’s pretty air-tight!
*three, in fact.
So when Crane & Canopy asked me if I would like to give my bedroom a little face-lift with one of their bedding sets, the choice was so clear to me it was practically written in the stars. No other designs (lovely as they may be) stood a chance – the Linden Black Border duvet cover and shams irresistibly called my name.
And here they are now, black and white happily united with the other two members of their party…
Decorating this room has been a pretty slow process. I painted the walls blush pink four months ago now, and have been slowly adding elements over time, like the vintage circular wall hanging, the jute-wrapped vanity, and the DIY “metal” flower art.
I have a certain feel that I want for our bedroom – a little less crazy and colorful than the rest of the house – so I’m taking a very restrained and thoughtful approach to adding new elements.
All of that is to say that I’m very glad I waited this long for the right duvet cover to come along – it’s a perfect fit for the vision I have for this room!
It was pure serendipity that I stumbled across this gray floral fabric (sources linked at the end of the post) around the same time. It was one of those moments where, without being over-dramatic in the slightest, I fell deeply and madly in love the instant I laid eyes on it. I’m not usually an impulse buyer, but I had it in my online shopping cart and was checking out within a few minutes of finding it!
I didn’t even care that it was a bit of a splurge per yard because it was that one perfect, unifying element that I needed to tie everything together… The floral joined the group and the combination was complete.
Since I just can’t get enough of this power-combo (shall we call it the Fabric Fantastic Four?), I decided to pull together a few of my favorite ways to combine black and white and leopard and floral. Each one starts with this same duvet cover as a jumping off point, but I wanted to show how you can use this formula for such a variety of different looks!
P.S. Mixing and matching is totally encouraged!
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So this is obviously the combination I chose for my bedroom. I love the way the orange of the leopard print contrasts with the bedroom’s blush pink walls and is echoed in the floral fabric!
The color palette of this combination is a little more contained – mostly black and gray – but the bold pinks and yellows from the Waverly floral fabric add a punch of color. This floral fabric was a strong contender for my room!
So I’ve taken some liberties with the definition of “leopard” and “floral”, but these two fabrics still fit the general “spots + botanical” idea. I can’t tell you how much I love the colors in the Waverly lotus chintz mixed with crisp black and white!
For extra deliciousness, add some black and white striped piping to the Waverly fabric like my friend Julia did here.
Leopard print + gold? I’m so there! I’m counting the on-trend banana leaf fabric as a floral – its fresh colors are a soothing partner to the metallic leopard.
So what do you think – are you as on board with this textile dream team as I am? Which is your favorite combination?
And if black + white + leopard + floral just isn’t your thing (I’m open to the possibility that it’s not for everyone), what’s your go-to pattern combination that always makes you smile?