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What Are the Pros and Cons of Using a Black Pillow Case?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated May 23, 2024
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A pro, or advantage, of using a black pillow case is that it's a neutral color than can be used with most other bedding colors. A con, or disadvantage, of a dark pillow case is that it tends to show lint more than lighter colored options. Black pillow cases can also look seasonally appropriate in cooler months, yet not in warmer ones. These pillow cases can look sophisticated in many bedroom decors, yet in others they may appear out of place or overly dramatic.

For instance, in a mainly white, romantic or cottage themed bedroom, black pillow cases may look too harsh. They are also not ideal for kids' rooms that done in bright, fun colors. Yet, a black pillow case can be an advantage in a jewel-toned or deeper neutral colored bedroom decor to add elegant contrast. For example, in bedrooms done mostly in grays or tans, some black accents, including pillow shams or cases, can add visual interest while still being a neutral and having a dramatic appeal.

Black satin pillow cases can look especially dramatic and luxurious. They can be especially suited to sleek, modern or contemporary decor styles. For example, a black pillow case can be ideal for a bedroom done in contemporary neutrals with a splash of any accent color. Using black pillow cases rather than different colored ones can keep the bedding details in the neutral color scheme rather than adding colors that may take the focus away from the established design.

In winter or cooler months, black pillow cases and bedding can look cozy and comforting. Black pillow shams showing on top of a black and white printed bed cover can be an attractive decor look. In summer or warmer weather though, a black pillow case may not seem appealing. Dark colors absorb heat rather than reflect it, so white pillow cases are a much better choice in hot weather.

Another black pillow case con can be that they tend to showcase lint as well as lighter colored pet and human hair. This effect can ruin the sophisticated look of a black pillow case by making it appear as if it needs laundering. In homes without these worries, using black pillow cases can be much more of an advantage in looks and style.

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