The two colors black and white have long provided an excellent foundation for interior decorating. Depending on the design and style chosen, the high contrast of these colors can create pretty much any feel you want, from modern to elegant to classic.
Currently a popular trend is with black and white bedrooms for any age. And one of the widely sought after types of fabric pattern is black and white toile bedding.
What is Toile?
Toile, short for Toile de Jouy, is a style of decorative pattern that has a light background, and a repeated pattern that stands out in a different color. The repeated pattern is often of a peaceful scene, such as a country landscape, a couple rowing in a lake, or a splendid flower arrangement in a vase.
The word toile comes from a French word that means linen cloth or canvas. Toile was originally made in the mid-18th century in Ireland, and made its way to Britain and France at that time.
It has also been popular in American at different times in history. Toiles have had periods of highly being sought after, followed by decades of taking a back seat. Times of popularity have been:
- during the late 1700’s colonial era
- in the 1930s
- in the 1970s in recognition of the US Bicentennial
- again in the current 2010’s
Traditionally, toile has a background of white or an off-white shade. The decorative pattern that appears on top is of a color. Blue, green, and black are the most common, but other colors can also be used.
In the case of black and white toile bedding, the background of the fabric is white and the scene pattern is in black.
Black and White Toile Bedding Styles
Toile bedding can consists of any combination of bedcovers, including comforter, duvet, or bedspread, pillow shams, bed skirt, and sheets. Since this pattern can be very busy if used in excess, it’s best to either select toile sheets, or solid white sheets with the outer bedding in a toile pattern. To tone it down even further, some sets have the full comforter in toilet, but only a stripe of this pattern on the pillow covers with the remainder a solid black.
You can also break up the toile pattern by adding other fabric designs such as small checks or stripes. Sprinkle in another color with additional pillows or bedside accessories for an eye-catching accent.
The most common toile pattern types for king, queen, and twin size bedding seem to be either Victorian era scenes of families or couples out in nature, or delicate floral designs of bouquets or arrangements. On children’s or baby bedding you’ll more often see scenes of children playing.
Although some toile bedding is in a true black and white, there are some variations where the background is actually more of a cream color and the pattern is a bit off black. This combination tends to create an aged appearance and is sought after by those creating a vintage look and style in the room.