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Our first room is classic black and white. Be sure to balance large, medium, and small scale patterns with a few touches of plain black and white fabrics.
Architectural details and interesting shapes keep a black-and-white palette from being boring. Black wainscoting adds elegance, black and white tiles lend graphic appeal, and the curvy black claw-foot tub is the jaw-dropper.
Even an all-white or beige room can benefit from a few well-placed dollops of black and white. This striking toile print turns the window into a focal point.
Plain black and white fabrics are punctuated by a few small patterned pillows in a room that could be duplicated easily. The crystal chandelier and china service sparkle over a tailored table skirt in black.
Black leather and contemporary shapes create a cool room in black, white, and gray.
Though plain black upholstery is a bit unusual, it can make an important statement in a room. A few black accessories show up in high contrast to the balance of the room in creamy white.
Black crown molding underscores the linear look of the artwork and the raised dining platform. As in most contemporary rooms, line and shape are kept neat, uncluttered, and slightly sculptural.
Kitchens are generally filled with straight lines and cold-looking countertops, so the sumptuous ruffled shade is a welcome contrast. Coordinating fabrics are a nice edge detail to further emphasize the arched hem.
Think black-and-white photos when you want to make an artistic, graphic statement. Thin black frames let the images stand on their own.
Want a pop of interest for an entry? A black-and-white tiled floor should do the trick. Almost any color will combine easily with this look, though the furnishings can be as glamorous as you like.
Give toile walls a contemporary edge with modern art and parson's tables. Bedding features a tailored look in keeping with the modern sensibility.
All-white baths can be dull as dishwater, yet they offer the advantage of a clean backdrop for striking accents of color. Black-and-gold pictures provide a major shot of interest in this room, though the one spark of aqua color over the window also draws our eye.
Wallpaper and matching fabric is a great way to envelop a space in a pattern you love. Again, use of plain colors (the white coverlet) and even some tiny doses of an accent color (red flowers and lampshade) add a little spark.
Striking black-and-white fabrics, antique chairs, and an antique wine-tasting table combine to give this banquette French-country charm. The large windows bring in plenty of light and a view of the garden to this out-of-the-traffic-flow dining area.
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