Color Palette

Color Palette: 5 Rules of Black & White Decorating – A Study In Design Contrast

High impact, timeless style and beauty that’s black and white decorating at it’s best.

I love the drama of a black and white color story.   It’s simple, memorable and a timeless classic.

You can get high impact in any room using black and white with a few never fail tricks of the trade I’d like to show you.

You just might find yourself falling in love with black & white forever.

Black & white - eyes


Black & White Rule #1 – Play with Scale

Think a lot of one color, a little of the other

Black & white - Marie Claire Masion BitLarge and small black & white patterns – Marie Claire Masion Brit

Black & white - thibaut wallpaper

Black & white – Thibaut wallpaper

Black & White balcony - Christina Hamoui

White with black accents on balcony by Christina Hamoui

Black & White Rule #2 – Go Bold with Stripes 

Using stripes in fabric, on floor or walls makes a big difference

Black & white doors - JL Denoit

Black & white doors – Jean Louis Denoit

Black & White bedroom - Christina Hamoui

Black & White striped bedroom –  Christina Hamoui

Rule #3 – Balance Patterns

Black & white living room stripe pattern These black & white patterns balance each other in bold dramatic layers of color.

Black & White - body paintThe body paint in deep contrast echoes the same effect.

Simplicity is Beautiful – Rule #4 use 80/20 color mix

Black & white closet - H Bazaar

White closet with minimalist black accents.

Black & White entry - Luxe Interiors SalcitoA dramatic foyer of black walls with graphic patterned floor.

Black & White gown - Gareth Pugh

Diamond shaped black & white gown by Gareth Pugh

 Rule #5 – Have Fun, Take a bold risk in a small space

Black & White IS a statement maker so make a statement.

Black & white bathroom by Benjamin Vandiver - K Wearstle wallpaperBathroom by Benjamin Vandiver with Kelly Wearstler wallpaper

Black & white drama fashion

Use black and white wall art to liven up your space, especially if you have white walls.

Are you beginning to love black & white yet, like me?

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Until next time …

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  • Jamala

    Black & white has always made bold statements and I’ve always loved it…but why haven’t I ventured into using it.. I’ll never know..yet, when I see these designs – makes me want to jump right into it..I need to let loose and give it a try..and you gave some truly fab designs..