Don’t fear decorating with black and white. It doesn’t have to be the boldness and drama of a noir romance or 1990s power-ballad music video. It’s also a hard-working option. This fab family living room, with practical but great looking storage and cool striped carpet, couldn’t be better for family living. The look is chic for when guests arrive, but easy for everyday life.
Black and white in the bedroom can take on a calming, organic form when paired with the right accents and accessories. First, introduce a pale tertiary colour like the pale blue of this bedding. Then layer up soft textural textiles and add a wall hanging – the must-have home accessory for 2015. Let the drama come in the form of secondary furniture – this structured modern nightstand is neither overwhelmed nor overwhelming in the balanced space.
Nothing says pop quite like black and white. The swirls and stripes of the 1960s and 1970s were part graphic explosion, part futuristic vision. The interest here comes from the very modern application of the style to what is, at heart, a very traditional dining room. The dado rail and panelling time travel forward in their brilliant white and sharp black incarnations. The gloss furniture and glass cabinet amp up the light and add a reflective quality for a new angle on dining in style.
Black and white doesn’t have to be so… well, black and white. In their handicraft form, printed and woven textiles are soothing versions of their pop-tastic cousins. Soft manifestations evoke the monochrome theme, but are more organic and almost tribal – as if created solely from squid ink and sun bleaching. The rug here appears almost tire-marked, and the woven pouf and floor cushion are trademarks of what must be the most stylish of tribes…
The hallway is one of those places where bold statements can be made. The transient nature of the space means no one lingers and so impact can be big and bold. One theory is that a busy hallway gets people out the door faster. Whatever the case, there is no more efficient place to splurge on decadent decorative accents than the hallway. Even just one roll of a wallpaper of note and compact gilt pieces create welcoming wow and will have guests wanting to see more.
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A space like this is the prime example of where a black and white team is a no-fail complement to a super bright secondary shade. With crisp white as the dominant tone and black popping in to add high contrast, yellow plays the comic relief by being both whimsical and adding wow factor. The colour choices also aid the style blending, helping to seamlessly fit a trellis wallpaper together with 1980s graphic imagery.
Were this bedroom left to being an all-white affair, despite the sumptuous layering of textiles, the space would have a clinical edge that is more hospital room than home comfort. Enter the black accents – in the form of terrific tribal-inspired markings – and the look is suddenly alive and kicking. The woven side table alone brings an energy to the space by being both delicately transluscent and supremely solid. The trio of patterns – stripes, dots and ikat – present a beat all their own and cleverly remain behind the sleeper to avoid visual stimulation.
Even in the smallest ways, touches of black and white add a cool sophistication that colours just cannot. The simplest and most slick of candy bowls is elevated (literally) to objét d’art status in a matt white incarnation that could just as easily be the mixing vessel in some future science lab. The chiaroscuro of the marble trivet smacks of Dr Frankenstein’s lab – were it decorated by Coco Chanel.
There is a humble simplicity to this traditional bathroom that rests on the smart, stylish use of black cabinetry. Neither an obvious choice for the room or the traditional style, it whispers sudsy sophistication. The ethnic touches, with their own hints of sombre tone, and the veined marble add the textural influence and make this bathroom a sophisticated haven.
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While not strictly white, the contrast of the cool neutral kitchen cabinetry to the choice of a sleek black range cooker and extractor hood makes a bold statement. The gentle edges of the traditional style apply the perfect cushioning to the blackened blow of the king of kitchen appliances. Simple steps that make a big impact and add even bigger style credentials to a functional space.