4.12.2009

seeing in black + white


Sometimes seeing things in black and white isn't always the best practice. However, in interior design the the stark contrast of black and white is definitely always a great bet! I think that it allows the patterns in a room to really stand out and help a clean and classic look to be achieved.






(via laura resen, mark seelen, lisa elsworthy, prue ruscoe, house beautiful, prue ruscoe, annie schlechter)
However, I think I do prefer a room that is predominantly white with black touches versus the other way around. What about you?

33 comments:

{The Perfect Palette} said...

we could not agree more!

Jana Marie said...

Ah! I love the pop of orange in the last picture! Goregous...

Same New Story said...

I am loving the striped walls in the 5th picture so so much.

Emma @ White and Wander said...

Wow wow wow...

I have just done my bedroom in black and white and these are great inspiration for me to finish it off with a bit more graphic punch in some of the finer details ... fabulous!

Loving your blog Blair xx

Carol Ann said...

Love Black and White...great pictures, wish I had stairs I would do the animal print carpet on them...thinking of doing animal print wallpaper as a back splash for a few years until I decide on a tile and new counter tops...Love your blog Thanks CAM

Rachel Mallon said...

Great finds and I definitely agree with you about it being timeless. I love black and white with brown woods. So divine!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

i can never get enough of this classic combo :) so beautiful!!

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

There's just something so timeless and sophisticated about black and white. I'm with you - white with touches of black works best for me. Gorgeous post!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Simple black and white will always be chic. I can never decide what colors I want in my room(s), so I always fall back on b&w.

Love that first rug, too!

Georgia B. said...

i agree with you—white with touch of black.

such a clean classic look—i love this. so different than anything i have in my home.

Couture Carrie said...

I adore these spaces! Am especially drawn to the patterned wall paper and carpeting... I am such a Deco girl at heart.

And I do agree that a predominantly white space with black accents is a bit more welcoming than the inverse...

Fabulous post, B!

xoxox,
cC

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love to agree that white and black is a classic combo and sometimes the perfect fit for a room. My upstairs bath is white/black and I love it.

anonymously chic said...

i don't use black and white in my decor really, but i think it's so classy (wearing it always makes you look polished). love these photos.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Love black and white combo. And I'm like you- I prefer lots of white with a little bit of black!

Kotori said...

Love black and white together, but I do agree with you - I prefer white with black touches b/c it can feel quite dark. All these images, though just seem cozy rather than dark, but I just don't think I'd be bold enough.

wunderbug said...

ditto - me too. black on white is definitely the way to go.

(now, onto the next question - is a zebra black on white or white on black?)

;)

Haven and Home said...

Love the black and white, what a great collection of pictures. I think I prefer mostly white with black but lately I have been wanting to paint my master bedroom a dark gray, almost black-don't ask me why...

paula said...

I love that black ceiling. so gutsy.

Joyce said...

I am a fan of b/w but agree more white with a splash of black. xoxo

PS~Erin said...

I'm more into accents of black. I'm finding myself liking black furniture right now.

The rooms with the white walls look especially classy to me.

tanya said...

wow, you've found some amazing decor images--i love them al (how gorgeous is that bedspread?!)l!!

Rachel said...

I used to be such a black and white snob. Meaning, for me black and white was so practical and predictable. That was of course, before I learned about patterns and accessories and mixing them in ways that was very unpredictable. I love these rooms!

I definitely prefer a white room with black accessories!

Melissa said...

I love the ceiling in the second photograph. I would agree with you about the white with black accessories too!

Jena said...

I agree. I am a big fan of a white room with black touches. Of course, I would not go without pops of colour, like the orange throw in the last photo.

Gorgeous.

Lindsey said...

I especially love the black doors.

Sasha said...

love black and white but I really don't think I can sleep in that bedroom!

Trisch said...

so simple and elegant - love it!

jen jafarzadeh said...

I'm with you — white with a touch of black. I also think I'm the only one that never got into the trend of black dishes. I don't want to see food on black.

Sweet Nothings said...

ahhh I love that striped wall...

VictoriaArt said...

Me too, love the stripes and the straircase. I prefer black on white...
The last pic looks more brown to me, but anyway, it would be to much 'action' in the bedroom...(hmmm)
Victoria

Courtney said...

I'm a b&w girl and I love the patterns used here [perhaps not all together].

That floor rug is fantastic and I adore the wall hanging over the mantle

pve design said...

OREO!
I love all white with black details, but the all black with white is so glamourous. I could see a power room or a lounge like that, or even a swanky coffee shop "Black & White.
pve

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