Interior Design / September 30, 2018 / Ellen Lombardi.
The two most primary colors which are so fundamental and universal that they often are not thought of as color at all. These two colors can bring a fantastic amount of power and drama to any room – regardless of its design style or concept. Using black, at least, as accents even in the most pastel of rooms can make a fantastic difference in the visual appearance and focus of the design you are trying to present.
A touch of black in an accent, fixture or a trim serves as the period at the end of a sentence, or the arrow pointing the way to a significant intersection: it gets attention without being needy. However, if you want to draw attention and create not just an accent but a real feeling of drama you need to juxtapose our thick black with its counterpart the bright and lively white.
Using black and white together creates a sophisticated fresh look that undeniably adds elegance to any room and is the perfect color combination to build a base or framework for any style. For instance, using a black and white tiled floor, or such an elegant one as a black marble with inlaid white marble accents or black stained wood with tall white baseboards all can create a reliable and luxurious floor upon which almost any style can then place.
Use of white or ivory on walls make a beautiful canvas for framed artwork, prints, and hanging sculpture – and the use of black frames especially when used with matting of red, gold, and black can add dramatic impact to otherwise modest pieces. Another advantage to using black and white themes is they tend to make small rooms look more substantial and more elegant. A few neutral towels tied up with black braids can make a statement far beyond what one would expect – and is easy to achieve.
In bedrooms, white linens with black stripped bed skirts or pillows or even a black chair for sitting or reclining makes an excellent starting point. Touches of black in prints or bedclothes can be used to pull the color out into the room further such as in lampshades or the trim of tables or picture matting and hardware.
In dining rooms, nothing is as elegant as white china especially with small bits of color to add a hint of sophistication. Styles such as Boch Audun and Villeroy are classics that rely on this technique, and artful placement of accent pieces with black borders or black table linens can add to the effect.
In the kitchen common black iron skillets and other pieces which are easy to locate and ordinarily inexpensive to purchase can add to the feeling of a lived-in and comfortable space without seeming out of place, thus combining the underlying drama in a useful manner. Stylizing your living room with the superb combo of black and white. No other combination works with any color you wish to add, nor can any other color combination portray the freshness and brilliant juxtaposition that these two colors in contrast provide.
When used with splashes of color as accents and with variations in tone and design as well as bits of gray the black and white approach can create genuinely life-long masterpieces of design. The sophistication of a simple geometric pattern in black and white or the stark contrast of one against the other never fails to capture the attention without being distasteful – and after all, isn’t that what good design is all about?