Black and white, a classic design choice, has been around for decades. All creative industries can agree black and white is a winning color combo. Most people conjure up the image of a checkerboard print floor in a retro diner, or a kitschy kitchenette. Some picture an elegant foyer. Do you want a bright and dynamic space, or something quiet and relaxing? So diverse in its options, this color combination can achieve both. An eclectic element or the essence of elegance, black and white always makes an impression.
Black is an indicator of power. It evokes strong emotions and sophistication. Found in many design choices for its boldness and simplicity, black has always been a steadfast selection. Black is the new black.
White projects clarity, purity and cleanliness. White is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean. It can be totally awakening, reflecting openness, growth and creativity.
Designing with these two colors from the perspective of their individual design elements can be powerful. Having strong associations in the design world, using the two together can transform a room into a dramatic and distinctive space.
White decorating ideas brighten up modern interiors, while black adds elegance, enhancing the balance of black and white room décor. The feelings they incite when used properly are not only visually stunning, but can also be very expressive. We design our homes to reflect our lives and ourselves. Black and white decorating ideas are amazingly symbolic, bringing together the north and the south, blending the day and night, positive and negative into fascinating designs.
I find that lately I am drawn to black and white. I’m not sure if it is the stark contrast between the two, or the fact that black and white has always been timeless. It can be a challenge at times to make sure the right balance is achieved, which is why some people stray away from it. Too much black can easily overpower a room. Too much white can be bare.
We are currently working on a project where maintaining balance between black and white is crucial. Helping tackle an entire house for a client, we are now concentrating onto the kitchen, the heart of the home. Using black paint to add subtle details, like the inside trim and panes of the windows, is one element added to this space. The kitchen island will be painted black, with white countertops. One appealing detail added to this kitchen is one that hasn’t been done often. Painted matte black, the vent-a-hood will hang over a black Viking range.
Black bookcases with funky wallpaper designs lining the shelves will be the only other black added to the space. Everything else will be white; open shelving, cabinets, a rich marble backsplash, and stunning countertops.
More details to come from this inspiring project. Hopefully you feel motivated to add black and white elements to your home or office space.
Life isn't always black and white, but design can be!