it is all in the detail …. a predominantly neutral palette with a hint black or charcoal …
or a hint of buttoning, antique stud trim or cushion detail
or a smart contrast … just one
a distinct contrast in style, line and materials … this works
black, white and stone to soften
the detail softens what would otherwise be … just black and white
black, white and shades of grey … always !!
image: likainen parketti
There is nothing as smart as black and white !! And you don’t need another colour at all if you are clever with texture and pattern. How inviting is the grey woollen blanket above, not to mention the rustic trunk …. the juxtaposition of the contemporary slick white walls with lots of texture, pattern and vintage !!
Again, a simple white interior contrasted with the warmth and texture of the linen sofa and timber table. Interestingly, it is the definite contrast of the black shade, television and other smaller pieces that create the statement.
This is an example of pure white on white with not a lot of black …… however you don’t need a lot to make the statement.
In contrast, the black in this interior is strong and bold and looks fabulous !!
The combination of the very definite black and white stripes with the softer lines of the sofa and armchair works beautifully. The detailed window architrave and rustic side tables soften the linear effect of the rug.
So be bold ….. go forth and embrace black and white for its simplicity, its inherent style and its flexibility.
Some black and white suggestions ……
almost black walls with white ceiling, doors, windows, skirting and architraves, floors pale bleached timber
white walls, ceiling and trims with black gloss timber floor
bathrooms with white wall tiles, predominantly white tiled floor with small black tile in check pattern, black vanity as a contrast with white bath and basin
all white kitchens with a very thick black benchtop … particularly good with black timber floor or even grey bleached timber
staircases in white with black handrail and tread only
charcoal to black painted exterior for timber houses or sheds with white trim on windows, doors and shutters
black and white photographs framed in black on a white wall or framed in white on a black wall
a soft black fringed throw rug on a bed made with crisp white bedlinen and doona
thick black bath towels hanging or folded in an all white bathroom
a large vase full of fully blown pink roses in any black and white interior ….