High Contrast Black & White

“Black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” — Coco Chanel

Fashionistas across the globe live and breathe black and white. Although annual trends emerge without fail, these oh-so-chic shades reign.

There is something theatrical about a room decorated in a high contrast palette — like a strand of pearls against a little black dress. Whether you’ve opted for creamy Chantilly lace walls and dark wood baseboards or a fun splash of black and white marble flooring, it’s all very Tim Burton — and I’m hooked.

Find the latest additions to my inspiration board below:

I’ve saved Farrow & Ball’s Tallow (#203) and Pitch Black (#256) to my kitchen inspiration board about 13 times.

Shopping for wallpaper can be stressful, especially if you shy away from pattern. But this sweet print from Anthropologie is safe for a small space and would add plenty of black and white contrast.

HGTV star Thomas Smythe’s old kitchen is perfect. We actually featured it back in October 2004. I love how the upper cabinets are light and the lowers are dark. A table made from salvaged wood softens the look, giving it a really cosy feel.

I love walking into a home and being startled — in a good way. Black and white throughout amps up the wow factor in this fashionable pad.

Subtle black accents add drama in a sitting room with crisp white sofas.

This stunning bathroom with black and white mosaic tiles reminds me of the bathroom my sister and I shared growing up. The contrast between the dark beadboard and clawfoot tub is perfect against the buttery walls.

Check out Seema Persaud’s roundup of black and white spaces.

Photo credits:
1. Tallow (#203), Farrow & Ball
2. Kalahari Vignettes Wallpaper, Anthropologie
3. House & Home October 2004 issue, photography by Michael Graydon, via TheLennoxx.com
4. Camille Styles
5. Goaltus.com
6. Better Homes & Gardens

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