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Black & white design

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Several decades ago, black and white exchanged vows to stay together for all eternity. Despite the fact they function perfectly fine alone, or when accompanied by other colours, this pair shows their true sparks when used together.

Coco Chanel promoted this love affair more so than anyone. A revolutionary designer, Chanel showed us why there is nothing more elegant than a set in black and white. This story is applicable to all fields and facets of design. In photography, for example, although techniques have evolved, images in black and white still have a different charm to photos in colour. This union has spread to architecture, interior design and furniture, and for many years has been bringing a timeless elegance to our homes.

The kitchen

If using this colour scheme in our kitchens, white must dominate the space. As if it were a painting, this area represents a canvas, where an artist would paint small strokes in black to highlight or define the edges. This kitchen exemplifies this notion: The larger elements such as the walls, ceilings and furniture are painted white. However, the decorations, appliances and even a cactus, add a strong contrasting note to the space.

The bathroom

Luxury Bathroom :  Bathroom by Studio Hooton
Studio Hooton

Luxury Bathroom

Studio Hooton

In contrast to the aforementioned, you can use black as a base palette in a bathroom. We are accustomed to using white toilets and ceramics in bathrooms, so why not give the entire room a different feel by using black tiles, basins and accessories? A little daring for some, a marvel for others. Whatever your taste, a touch of black in the bathroom is a great addition.

The dining room

Historic House, Notting Hill, London:  Dining room by 4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers
4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers

Historic House, Notting Hill, London

4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers

In this largely white room, just the decor and furnishings are painted black. The hanging lights, striped chair covers and love seat by the window, cleverly and subtly add black to this space.

The bedroom

Historic House, Notting Hill, London:  Bedroom by 4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers
4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers

Historic House, Notting Hill, London

4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers

Using large amounts of black in a bedroom is a little taboo, and quite unusual. However, when added in the correct quantities and on the right surfaces, black can look supremely elegant and classy. With an almost hotel like feel, this room oozes luxury and has a quasi-regal feel to it. It's a fair statement that most people would very happily take this picture instantly as their bedroom suite.

The lounge

Using black and white in larger spaces seems to be a feat more acceptable to most. Without looking sterile and boring, you can use different textures and material finishes within the colour scheme to add depth and interest. The great thing about such a neutral palette is that you can add and subtract other colours or decorations over the years so you can keep updating your look. It is a great basis for first time homeowners who are unsure of what their budget limitations will allow them, but would like to have the room to update the space in the near future.

For more home decorating tips see ’Home furnishings and Perfect home’.

What are your thoughts on a black and white colour scheme? Should this couple stay together, or call it quits?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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