Graphic and eye-catching, black and white tile is a designer favorite for a reason. These high-contrast patterns are foolproof ways to energize a room, whether you go for a statement backsplash or bold floor. Plus, they’re neutral enough to suit any existing color scheme. So if all-white and natural stone tile are feeling a little too safe for your taste, why not take the plunge? Here are 15 spaces that prove you won’t regret embracing the drama of black and white.
“I’m not afraid to push the envelope with design,” says H&H design editor Kai Ethier. In this family bathroom, she selected a hip 3-D effect floor tile, offsetting it with a clean marble vanity and white millwork.
Small spaces don’t have to be afterthoughts. “We gave this tiny utility space its own graphic hit,” says designer Nam Dang-Mitchell of this walk-in pantry, where cool diamond-patterned cement tiles up the style quotient.
House & Home March 2016
Tile, Icon Stone & Tile; door, First Impressions Metal Works.
A geometric backsplash turns retailer Carlo Colacci’s kitchen into a destination, echoing the high-contrast pairing of a black stove and white quartzite counters.
The team at Sarah Richardson Design updated this foyer by laying out a striking diamond pattern underfoot. Marble 12″-square tiles were cut into triangles to create this effect (note that a good tile-setter is needed to install custom patterns like this).
House & Home February 2013
Tile, Saltillo Imports; umbrella stand, Jong Young Food & Flower Market; stool, Hollace Cluny; wall color, Cotton (SR15), door color, Snowfall (SR29), Para Paints.
Sarah Richardson Design
For a simpler take on the high-contrast look, follow artist Michael Soltis’s lead and install black tile with clean white grout.
House & Home May 2016
Tile, Merola Tile; sinks, Acri-Tec; vanity, AyA Kitchens and Baths; pendants, RH Restoration Hardware; tub, Mirolin.
A fun patterned floor is perfectly suited to this laid-back dining area designed by Tommy Smythe. Have we convinced you yet?
House & Home January 2012
Chairs, Design Within Reach; cabinets, Bellini Custom Cabinetry.