Put black and white against any color for a look that's fresh and sophisticated.
Citrus green paired with black and white creates an energetic, modern environment, even when used with eclectic furnishings. Try hanging black-and-white papers in exciting patterns on a narrow magnetic board or bulletin board for an inexpensive and unstudied work of art.
Be ready for gasps of delight when people see this black-and-white-painted fireplace that practically jumps off the milky blue wall. Subdue it by artfully arranging simple gray-tone knickknacks on the mantel, then enjoy the reactions.
Black trim adds sophistication to the playful blue beaded board walls in this entryway, but a graphic paint treatment on the door keeps it bold and fun. A neutral rug ties the look together without overwhelming the space.
This eclectic mix of patterns playfully walks the line between gothic elegance and sophisticated whimsy. Pink and blue are unexpected pairings with the black and white, but the fresh hues work by softening the look of the bold color scheme.
Modern art and an upholstered chair are both potential room-monopolizers, dominating the style of the space despite their small size. Make them both more livable by pairing the two and upholstering the chair in a lighthearted floral.
When pairing black and white with a beige wall, gravitate toward creamy whites. The simple lines of this classically upholstered armchair complement the minimalist artwork while the rosy-toned throw grounds the eye with a place to rest.
Black and white makes an utterly graphic statement, so feel free to experiment with different pattern combinations. Punctuate the look with a few colored linens, like the pink napkins shown here.