Decorating in Black and White

Although home decors have always been related to color, The use of black and white in decorating can create a stunning and dramatic decor. Using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking. Black and white are a perfect color combination for any decorating style. Contemporary interiors often combine black and white with sleek metals. Country French decorating, among many others, is often set off with this color combination.If you’re afraid of using just black and white, add variety by adding areas of yellow, pink, camel, red, or purple for a striking look. Keeping black and white prominent, however, preserves the elegant effect.

A black and white floor is a good place to start decorating with black and white. The ultimate choice would be beautiful black marble set off with tall white baseboard moldings. Short of that, try white ceramic tiles with a black border, vinyl tiles laid in alternating black and white squares, or a painted black floor with white border stencils or white with black stencils. A small room is a great place to choose to use black and white as the main color scheme. A powder room or small bathroom looks elegant with a black marble counter top, white sink, and shiny gold accessories and fixtures. Trim lush terry towels with black ribbon or braid for a custom look without much work. When shopping for fabrics, keep an eye out for colorful prints or plaids with touches of black. Then add more black to the room with lamps, table trims, frames and mats, pillows, and door and hardware. Crisp white bed linens are perfect for the bedroom. Add a black and white striped bed skirt, pillows, and a comfortable black chair. For seasonal changes, have a variety of pillows in different colors on hand. Pink, yellow, or soft green works great for summer, while red, hunter green, or even shimmering gold or silver looks great for winter.

Accent pieces of black iron are very popular and easy to find. Use a black metal tables base with glass top, black iron candlesticks and light fixtures in a dining room, black iron bookends in family room or home office. Even cottage style interiors can use a black and white color scheme. Pair black and white toil fabric with gingham checks on chair covers, tablecloths, and pillows. Hang a collection of black metal trays on a dining room wall, cut black and white checks for picture matting, and use black and white ticking stripes for a bed skirt. Add drama and sophistication to any room in your house. Use black and white alone or with other accent colors to create a style that’s classic and simple.

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