When decorating a young girl's bedroom, complete the look with a black and pink polka dot comforter. This classic color combination is simultaneously 1950s retro cool and contemporary chic. It provides the perfect transition between childhood and adulthood, lending whimsy and sophistication to the bedroom design.
History of Polka Dots
The polka dot pattern traditionally includes a series of dots of the same size that are evenly spaced. Modern reinterpretations can be more abstract, including several colors and varying sizes of dots that are unevenly spaced.
Polka dots have been around since ancient times and first became popular in Britain in the late 1800s. The name was likely inspired by polka music, although there is no verified connection between the two. However, it is not hard to imagine how one might relate them due to their playful rhythms.
In the 1950s and 1960s, polka dots entered American pop culture and became common in women's fashions, particularly in black and white. Many musicians also wore the pattern, and sang songs about it. The song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Brian Hyland solidified this pattern's place in the American lexicon.
Decorating Ideas for a Black and Pink Bedroom Theme
When using the dynamic polka dot pattern, especially in bold colors such as black and pink, the bed becomes the focus of the room. The rest of the room's decor should be subtle and accentuate this pattern. Add solid color throw pillows on the bed in pink, black or white. Paint the walls a neutral white, gray or soft pink. While you might consider adding a polka dot curtain topper to match the comforter, avoid using long curtain panels with the pattern as this will overwhelm the room.
Pick furniture with clean lines, and look for wood furniture with a dark stain or that is painted white. Black metal bed frames also work well with this style of comforter. Also consider the decorative accessories in the room, such as candles, art and picture frames. Stick with black and white and avoid adding another accent color to compete with pink.
Where to Buy a Black and Pink Polka Dot Comforter
Comforters are available in a variety of sizes, including twin, queen and king. For a cohesive look, consider purchasing a comforter set that includes duvet covers, or a "bed in a bag" that includes sheets and pillow covers for all of your bedding needs. Many stores sell comforters with black and pink polka dot designs:
When shopping for such a specific design as a black and pink polka dot comforter, you may have a hard time finding exactly the look you had in mind. If you know how to sew, consider making your own comforter, or consult with a local seamstress. Some websites allow you to create custom comforters by choosing from predetermined fabrics and borders. Others allow you to choose your own fabric and send it in for their seamstresses to make. For a little extra cost, order a custom comforter: