In this Stockholm home from Annaleena, a white living room is accented with a black table, black faux fur and a striking geometric light fixture.
The use of black and white in decorating gives a fresh, clean, and unquestionably sophisticated and elegant look to any room.
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A black and white palette is timeless and classic, with endless possibilities from subdued to statement-making. Whether you’re color-phobic or color obsessed, you’re guaranteed to fall for these black and white spaces.
John Meeks designed the bed and nightstands in the black and white bedroom of a storied Manhattan townhouse. The benches are from the 1960s, the light fixture is by C. Jeré and the bergères are upholstered in a Sahco fabric.
If you’re afraid of using just black and white, add variety by adding areas of yellow, pink, camel, red, or purple for a striking look. Keeping black and white prominent, however, preserves the elegant effect.
Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking!
Using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.
This luxurious New York City apartment is all about over-the-top design. Even the entryway boasts a staircase made of powder-coated metal, columns made from nickel-trimmed rosewood, and terrazzo flooring made from marble. The 1950s table is by Charlotte Perriand and the wall sculpture is by Lynda Benglis.
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In the home of designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white living room showcases 1950s armchairs by Joseph-André Motte, upholstered in a Holland & Sherry fabric. The 1960s cocktail table is by Tommi Parzinger.
In the same Swedish farmhouse, a chandelier by Jonas Bohlin for Örsjö Belysning hangs above a custom-made table in the kitchen. The chairs are by Magis, and the rug is sisal.
In this modern black and white dining room from Fashion Squad, the chairs are Fritz Hansen Grand Prix and the candle holder is Svenskt Tenn.
There’s a rule in decorating that says that every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones. But think a minute.
The tub in this Parisian apartment’s glamorous master bathroom is by Agape with fittings by Dornbracht. The chairs are by Junya Ishigami, the walls are clad in Brèche de Médicis marble, and the flooring is black granite.
The bedroom is similar to the living room in terms of color and simplicity. It has a very crisp and inviting décor. Two flexible floor lamps are placed symmetrically by the bed and an abstract painting sits above the bed completing the whole design. The room has access to a small balcony.
This concrete NYC condo endured a major kitchen overhaul, featuring a true monochrome palette with a rich black backsplash and bright white island.
The powder room of a modern ranch house in upstate New York features a black-and-white mural by Shantell Martin and the wainscoting is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Midnight.
In this chic home from My Paradissi, brown leather chairs and a single pastel pink pillow add touches of warmth to the black and white living room.
The master bedroom in this modern NYC loft features a 15-by-8-foot glass wall that can be dimmed when the shower is in use.
In this minimalistic Finnish home from Hall of Homes, the kitchen only has the bare necessities. A clustered copper light pendant that brings a touch of color to the black and white color scheme.
In a suburb of Chicago, PROjECT Interiors gave this home a stylish yet edgy makeover. Creating rooms for casual entertaining was crucial for the owner, Sally Grimes. “We love to have friends over,” she said, “and we wanted comfortable, interesting, bold rooms to entertain in.” A wet bar in the library, cloaked in a swath of black, beckons you in for an after-dinner drink.
While the bones of the kitchen lean toward traditional, a glossy center island and eclectic tile backsplash give this Lake Tahoe home a refined B&W feel.
Black beams, a modern light fixture, and contemporary chairs contrast the tropical-style ceiling and reclaimed wooden table in this mid-century modern Amagansett retreat.
In this Scandinavian home for The Design Chaser, the monochromatic bedroom is relaxed in character yet perfectly clean in design.
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In a Park Avenue apartment designed by New York designer Kelly Behun, a black and white Anthropologie rug matches the room’s wallpaper in boldness. Beds by Room & Board are dressed with Frette linens, the light fixture is by David Weeks Studio and the stool is by the Haas Brothers.
In an 1840s Federal townhouse in NYC’s West Village, a neutral palette is elevated with texture. The 19th-century armchairs are upholstered in a Perennials fabric, and the circa-1800 tall-case Mora clock are Swedish. The bronze-and-basalt cocktail tables are custom, the steel wall lamp is by Wo & Wé, and the burl-root sculpture on the mantel is from Full Circle Modern.
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A Memphis home gets a Gothic makeover from the owner and interior designer Sean Anderson. “I’ve always loved black rooms,” he explains, so every last wall, save for a guest room, was designed in a timeless, brooding shade. To add depth, the floors were white-washed, an element that Anderson says actually makes the house feel brighter.
Black and white are a perfect color combination for any decorating style. Contemporary interiors often combine black and white with sleek metals. Country French decorating, among many others, is often set off with this color combination.
In the Hamptons home of Erika Bearman, the kitchen’s stools are by Design Within Reach, the ceiling fixture is from YLighting, the refrigerator and wine cooler are Sub-Zero and the photograph is from Natural Curiosities.
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The living area is bright and airy, featuring a comfortable sofa complemented by a textured gray area rug and a white coffee table on wheels. The black wall-mounted console unit almost disappears into the background despite the fact that it contrasts with the white wall. The framed artwork on the wall contributes to this look.
In the circular dining room of this Beverly Hills home, a high-gloss paint brings a reflective quality to the walls.
In a modern Tribeca loft, a grand entryway makes a statement with unique decor and surfaces in a range of textures.
In this beautiful Paris apartment from Looks Like White, a black chair, a modern black lamp and a bold coffee table offer shadows of contrast for the mostly-white room.
White pillows create contrast against a pure black banquette, with clean lines that are equal parts modern and cozy.
The dining room of this West Village townhouse features varying shades and square proportions, inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
A black range, fume hood, and hardware creates contrast against light cabinetry and walls in this bright Tribeca kitchen.
The rest of the apartment follows the same guidelines. The kitchen is white, simple and functional and the dining area is bright despite its small dimensions. The three pendant lights hanging above the table blend in easily but, at the same time, stand out with their chic design.
In a luxurious Beekman Place entryway, bold high-gloss trim is paired with warm gray grasscloth walls.
In a Santa Monica ranch belonging to Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, a custom-made bed by Jay Holman is dressed in Matteo linens and a vintage linen matelassé coverlet. The antique Serapi rug and Tibetan hemp carpet are both from J. Iloulian Rugs.
In a dramatic Manhattan apartment that belongs to designer George Nunno, the kitchen’s custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with Nero Marquina marble. The Milo Maugham barstools were found on eBay and the iron sculpture was discovered at a Paris flea market.
A black and white color palette creates the perfect calming retreat in this rustic bathroom in a Sweden farmhouse. The vintage tub has fittings by Mora Armatur and the floor is tiled with Carrara marble.
After seeing how beautiful the white Finnish apartment we posted yesterday was, we became inspired by the simplicity and elegance of the color palette and decided to look for more similar spaces. It’s how we came across this black and white interior. Since pretty much everything features the same neutral colors, it’s easy for pieces of furniture such as the wooden armchairs to stand out both with their warm hue and vintage design.
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