The way that colour is used in a space can make or break any design. But what about when no colour is used? Don’t be fooled into thinking that black and white is too bold, too stark or too cold for everyday living. Whether you stick solely to a black and white scheme for an entire room or prefer to start small with one or two pieces, the graphic appeal of black and white adds confidence without being boisterous.
I absolutely love the warmth that this space evokes, despite there being almost no colour. Rather than using colour to create the cozy factor, dark woods and cream furs and fabrics are found throughout the room. (LOVE those beams!)
This room breaks the common misconception that a black and white scheme is always sleek and modern. This dining room is traditional, inside and out. From the turned chair legs, to the crystal chandelier to the georgian pediment cabinet, there is NOTHING modern about this space. Like the previous room, this space uses textures to give interest in the absence of colour. The variation of sheen on the printed wallpaper and the tone on tone fabric on the dining chairs allows the space to feel more “lived in” and less like a stark gallery.
Wallpaper has had an undeniably huge comeback over the past couple of years. (No, the 9″ coordinating borders are NOT in style again!) I love the impact that these spaces create without distracting from the rest of the beautiful pieces in the room. They’re confident and timeless.
Another great thing about a black and white scheme is that it is totally gender neutral. This bedroom combines a masculine houndstooth throw with a sparkly feminine chandelier beautifully.
Thinking that taking colour out of a space cold turkey is too much at once? Start small with accessories and move up from there. Photo frames (especially with black and white photography!), pillows, and little objet d’arts are great ways to introduce this look into your home. These are some of my favourite black and white accents:
P.S. What do you think about black and white in decor? Are you a fan or is it too, uh, “black and white” for you?