Black & White Rooms
Is there anything more chic than a room designed using simply black and white? What follows are bold, sophisticated and confident spaces, and what better color palette to discuss this Halloween weekend!
A large mirror lining the wall adds drama by creating the illusion that there are more pendant fixtures, chairs and tables than are in the space.
The centerpiece of the room is a striped black and white rug. Stripes are repeated in a smaller scale not only on the pillows, but through black trim accenting white square shades placed on black lamps.
This is quite the striking bedroom. The black wall does not overpower the space as it is balanced by other walls painted white. The ornately carved frame on an upholstered bed looks modern against the black wall and this look is enhanced by the simple bedding.
It is hard to compete with a classic black and white kitchen. This is a timeless look for a reason.
These eclectic rooms are decorated almost exclusively in black and white, with a chic black wallpaper the centerpiece of the design. What is surprising to me is how welcoming the spaces are, I could well see a family making themselves at home here. A black cat already has.
A black damask wallpaper lining the walls of an ornately appointed room doesn't sound at all modern. But paint the mantel black, hang strikingly simple white drapes and bring in a mix of clean lined black and white furniture and accessories, and modern is the result.
The color palette may be limited to black and white in this bedroom, but look at the wide mix of pattern. The headboard and pillows, drapery panels and dress form, bench, desk chair and a side chair boast a unique range of prints. It is this carefully chosen mix that creates the dynamic interest of this design.
Here a living room in black and white has a clean modern look with a global twist. There are many eclectic accessories scattered throughout, adding character to the space.
What I love most about this room dressed in black in white are the ways these two colors show up in prints: on the chevron rug, the Greek key pattern on the pillows, and the black trim framing the cornice and edges of the drapes.
Ideabook updated on Nov. 4, 2010.
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