Pastels, neon and royal colors may be dominating the home decorating scene, but the so-called non-colors are fighting back. In fact, the classic black and white is on walls, floors, chairs, tables – everywhere! – only softer and cozier.
Truly, when used in the right places and at right doses, the new black and white lends an air of elegance in every nook and cranny of a room. Since you have a very limited color palette, invest in designs that appeal to your tactile sense. Mix furniture made of hard materials and accessories made of soft fabrics, smooth table runners on rough table surfaces, a small fountain (wet) on a table filled with stones (dry).
For your walls, you may paint them gradient or choose textured wallpaper. In fact, playing around with patterns and textures gives life to what seems to be dull and drab. “Binding" these two colors using grey is also another option. Depending on how you use it, grey can either make sharp edges softer or flimsy lines more bold and dramatic.
The new black and white is advisable for home offices, studies and libraries – places where one can work, study or even relax. Using natural materials, such as brick or stone, add an unusual twist to these otherwise boring tones. However, using chrome, gold or bronze may also lend a warm feel in a room. When decorating your kitchen, metal or steel gives off this impression of a clean and efficient chef's quarters.
With its simple yet elegant characteristics, the new black and white theme is sure to give your house a tasteful and refined feel.