Unlike the kitchen and the bedroom, contemporary bathrooms are not all that open to the idea of being painted red and black. Most of us seem to prefer “colors of aqua” and white for a relaxing and soothing bathroom, and this has meant that red, black and white rarely make their way into the spa-like bath. But that does not mean you can’t give this exciting color scheme a try this summer, and dashing porcelain tiles in red and black give you ample opportunity to try out a wide array of patterns and styles.
In this Scandinavian home for The Design Chaser, the monochromatic bedroom is relaxed in character yet perfectly clean in design.
When using black and red in the kitchen, proper lighting becomes twice as important, and one needs the right balance between accent, ambient and focused illumination. Since dark red and black already seem ‘deep and heavy’ from a visual perspective, poor lighting can turn your kitchen into a dingy and dull space. To avoid this, combine natural light with a flood of artificial illumination by employing several layers of lighting. A kitchen is a space where you need a blend of aesthetic and functional lighting. So make sure you do not ignore either of these aspects before embracing black, red and white.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a modern Tribeca loft, a grand entryway makes a statement with unique decor and surfaces in a range of textures.
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 this Stockholm home from Annaleena, a white living room is accented with a black table, black faux fur and a striking geometric light fixture.
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.
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.
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.
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 a luxurious Beekman Place entryway, bold high-gloss trim is paired with warm gray grasscloth walls.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the fascinating things that you will notice as you browse through the many inspirations here is the way in which each color is used depending on the room that it adorns! While some rooms demand an overload of red, others look much more pleasant when white takes over. When decorating with red, black and white, different rooms of the house do require different strokes!
If you are looking for an exciting, vibrant yet classic color combination, look no further than the blend of black, red and white. The trio makes an energetic and visually captivating statement while adapting to the theme that you already have going around your house. Unlike the timeless duo of blue and white that we showcased last week, this is a color palette that draws your attention instantly and needs to be used with care and restraint. Balance and elegance are the keys to getting this glamorous color scheme spot on.
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.
White pillows create contrast against a pure black banquette, with clean lines that are equal parts modern and cozy.
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 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.
The dining room of this West Village townhouse features varying shades and square proportions, inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
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.
An all-white backdrop ensures that even the slightest pops of black and red stand out with ease. Of course, you can even take the opposite approach and opt for a dazzling living space only in black and red as white takes a backseat. While this makes for a super-glam home, make sure that it is perfectly organized and the geometric symmetry of the room is spot on at all times. Otherwise, the entire room can seem dull and confined due to the overwhelming presence of these two dark shades.
Contemporary kitchens with glossy black countertops and glittering red cabinets are incredibly popular and seem to be the preferred choice in most urban homes. Red is also one of the most loved kitchen backsplash colors on the planet, and amazingly, both tof hese audacious shades seem to be right at home, even in small and narrow kitchens. Combining with white in an effortless manner, red and black is a color duo that seems custom-made for the trendy modern kitchen!
The black and red combination is all about turning up the volume in your house and turning heads as well! But when it comes to using these two hues in the living room, one needs to be extra careful about not going overboard. Both black and red are visually strong colors, and when using them in the public spaces of your home, less is indeed more! This does not mean you have to excessively cut back. But letting white take over the backdrop is the best possible idea. Imagine the living room as a painting canvas, and the more clear it is, the more prominent black and red seem!
A black range, fume hood, and hardware creates contrast against light cabinetry and walls in this bright Tribeca kitchen.
For those who are less adventurous, the best way to give this color palette a try is by using bold red accents in the black and white bathroom. If you love the result, then you can commit to more permanent changes and maybe even give your glass shower area a revamped new look in red. After all, the combination of red, black and white is for those who dare to venture beyond the obvious and the mundane… Are you one of those?
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 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.
In the circular dining room of this Beverly Hills home, a high-gloss paint brings a reflective quality to the walls.
The allure of going with black and red along with white in the bedroom is obvious. Combine this color palette with plush textiles and maybe a bit of fur, and you have a bedroom that is inspired by the golden era of Hollywood. Yet other contemporary themes also seem to do well with a dash of red and black, and this is especially true in case of kids’ bedrooms. Since red is such an exciting and passionate shade, it is best not to use it in an extensive fashion even in the bedroom. A few red throw pillows, maybe a red accent wall and some lampshades in black are an ideal way to enliven your bedroom without opting for major renovations.