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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Linden Black Border Duvet // Braemore Jamil Natural// Hamilton Peaches Linen Blend Charcoal
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!
Linden Black Border Duvet // Golding Kalahari Domino Black // Waverly Candid Moment Ebony
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!
Linden Black Border Duvet // Premier Prints Togo // Waverly Lotus Chintz Lake Porcelain
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.
Linden Black Border Duvet // Gold Standard Metallic Cheetah // Richloom Solarium Balmoral Opal
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?
Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home says
Love this combo, Brynne – so gorgeous!
Thank you Jennifer! It seriously might be my favorite combo ever!
Lovely! I think you should run with this and take one of your combos for each room in your house ;). Now I’m trying to decide which floral would work best in your kitchen…..probably the koi….
That’s not far from what I’ve been doing! I have the leopard rug in the living room and could stand to bring some more floral in there, and then the leopard chairs in the dining room with bold floral curtains – the dining room is wide open to the kitchen, so I think I’d be tempted to do the banana leaf print in there… 😉
Corinna - A Designer At Home says
That sure is a winning combination. I’m torn between 2 and 3, mostly because I love both those floral fabrics. Love how the bedroom has come along!
Ahhh, me too! I might just have to bring those florals in somewhere too!
The contrast between the more wild animal print and the subdued, classic floral is pretty stellar. It’s like a “best of both worlds” moment!
Thanks so much Crystal! I used to hate animal prints with a passion… I’m so glad I came around! 🙂
Kimberly Duran says
Big fat freaking YES to this combo!! (And your other gorgeous combos too) Love this post and your bedroom is looking sexy as hell. That bedding is proper swoony. xxx
Trisha D. @Black and White Obsession says
You know I’m sold on the Black and White!! In your setting, it’s really one of those bases that hang out in the background but still catch your eye without competing. Love it!!
This was a great roundup and I love your floral and spotted choices! Love your room!
Tania // run to radiance says
Pretty!! Love the color combos. Your new bedding matches your ikea chairs! 😀
Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse says
Oooo, I LOVE the new bedding! I am so happy you went with the solid white with a bold black border. It’s a perfect pairing with your very bold brass bed. The pop of pattern and colour in the pillows is perfect. Like you said: it’s kind of a calmer space, and I love that!
Caitlin @ Desert Domicile says
Such a gorgeous combo! I love how your bedroom is progressing so far 🙂