Black and White Duvet Covers
Black and white duvet covers are back in fashion at the moment with many people considering them to be both modern and stylish. However, do you know the difference between a duvet and a comforter?
The word duvet is often used interchangeably with the word comforter. However, the two, while similar, are in fact quite different and most people are unaware of this fact. The correct pronunciation is “doo-vay”, not “doo-vet.” Duvet is an old European word used to describe a cloth bag filled with down and feathers. A duvet cover is the protective cover that slips over the down filled duvet.
A duvet cover is actually little more than a big decorative pillowcase. Most Americans tend to drop the word ‘cover’ and simply call everything a “duvet” referring to both parts, the cover and the down filled bag.
Historically, duvets were made of rough cloth with the feathers gathered from farm animals. Today however, the duvet and duvet cover are much more than a rough cloth bag filled with feathers. In the modern world duvet covers (such as black and white duvet covers) are highly sanitized and clean and they are also largely stain and dust resistant.
One problem that can occur with all duvets and duvet covers is that the down comforter can end up bunching up, instead of staying evenly fluffed throughout the duvet cover. However this can easily be fixed by using comforter clips to pin the down the comforter through out the duvet, keeping it nice, flat and even.
When it comes to buying bedding and linen you can often get very good deals by buying complete sets, including sheets, pillowcases, comforter (which are really just light poly fill stuffed blankets) and the duvet cover itself.
The great thing about duvets covers like black and white duvet covers is that they are easily removable and washable. After all, the purpose of the duvet cover is protect the comforter itself from damage or staining and so it should be easy to remove and clean.
Although it is possible to dry clean the comforter itself it is both cumbersome and very expensive. Far better to have some black and white duvet covers and a set or two of your other favorite color duvet cover sets and simply interchange them when one set needs a wash and / or you want to change the look and feel of your bedroom.
Initially when choosing a duvet and duvet cover the first thing to consider is the color, for example black and white duvet covers are considered by many to be chic and stylish or perhaps you like other brighter colors, patterns and textures. The most important thing is that it will enhance the current décor of your bedroom such that you will feel comfortable in that space. Your bedroom is your sanctuary after all.
Once you’ve selected the color and style is time to select the stuffing. Many experts recommend eiderdown as your preferred stuffing. Eiderdown is quite expensive, but worth every penny, if you can afford it. Make sure that the comforter is sewn well, as you don’t want the stuffing to escape through small holes in the cover. Some duvet covers are quilted which is even better because it ensures that the stuffing won’t clump into one section of the bedding.
If you are remodeling or re-inventing your living space into one that is green and eco-friendly then you should be able to find a duvet cover to match. Black and white duvet covers are considered to be quite earthy, while still creating a simple, uncluttered and modern feel in your master bedroom.
However this is just one albeit popular option and there is a whole universe of colors and styles to choose from so you’ll have no difficulty matching any aspect of your bedroom décor, whether you prefer solid colors, stripes or even plaid designs.
You’re only limited by your own imagination and your daring. Have fun with it and be open to trying something different and new for your bed and bedroom decor. Just make sure that you are able to return the duvet cover set and linen for exchange or refund should you get home and really not like how it looks. Chances are though, you’ll love it. Happy duvet cover shopping. I see there are some great duvet cover sale prices over at Amazon.com at the moment. Might pay to go and check it out!