Black and White Update

Put black and white against any color for a look that's fresh and sophisticated.

A Modern Experiment

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.

Paint by Fire

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.

Bold and Beautiful

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.

Dramatic Division

Lengths of a peacock-and-leaf print fabric serve as a dramatic room divider between the entryway and living space. Pictures and artwork framed and matted in different combinations of black and white save the color scheme from monotony.

Four-Color Wonder

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.

Decorate Across Time

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.

Muted and Marvelous

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.

On Display

You can add more black and white to your decor by displaying black-and-white dishes and accessories in a painted hutch. Not only will the arrangement add punch to your kitchen or dining room, the pieces will be right at hand when you need a serving dish during a party.

At Your Service

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.

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