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Publication Date: 2017-01-21


9 Takes on the Classic Black & White Color Scheme

It doesn’t get any chicer (or simpler) than a black-and-white color palette. Always timeless, there are endless design possibilities with this combination—as the backdrop for bright color accents, to create a sharp, geometric look or to bring drama and contrast. Here, we’ve pulled nine of our favorite designs that showcase this tried-and-true color palette in fresh and interesting ways.


In this home office designed by Wendy Labrum metallic table lamps and eye-catching artwork create a glamorous look.

A mixture of soft and rough materials adds warmth and visual interest to the dining area in this New York City apartment designed by Blair Gordon.

Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

Austin Bean Design Studio gave the traditional black-and-white bathroom look a fresh take by using black tile with white grout and pairing it with a similarly colored but abstractly patterned wallpaper.

Designer Karen B. Wolf puts the combination to work in this dining room by uniquely pairing these two shades in almost every element of the space. From the dining chairs to the carpet to the ceiling detail, the end result is a fashionable, layered look that works.

In this Capitol Hill bedroom, Hyde Evans Design creates an inviting space by using a traditional black-and-white floral pattern for the bedding, wallpaper and drapery. The room avoids being frumpy when this classic color scheme is used in more contemporary patterns on the pillows and carpet.

Designer Jenny Wolf creates a dramatic look in this Noho loft with black light fixtures and door, but keeps the feeling from being too dark or heavy with white walls and warm wood flooring.

For this Chicago kitchen, the design team at KitchenLab provided a welcome alternative to ubiquitous all-white kitchen look with black cabinetry. When paired with white tile and neutral countertops, the result is a timeless design.

This eclectic collection of black-and-white artwork creates a cohesive backdrop that complements the abstract furniture in this Park Avenue triplex designed by Amy Lau.

Designer Kara Mann gave this Nantucket home a casual, inviting look with a black-and-white color palette instead of typically beachy design elements. See more of the home here>


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