I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
Black and white is a powerful combination but how much is too much and how can it be softened to create a beautiful interior space…
Black and white looks fabulous because of the dramatic contrast, however, the combination of these two tones can be overpowering. Selecting the right furniture, lighting, tiles, carpets, rugs and fabrics can make the difference to creating a softer space, or going all out bold. Muted tones of grey introduced to a black and white bedroom can soften the overall look. Alternatively it can be used for a bold effect such as the hallway above.
If you follow ‘The Block’ (Australia), you may have recently seen Dan and Carleen feature black and white in their two art deco inspired bathrooms (below). Their first bathroom received criticism from the judges, however, the second bathroom was absolutely stunning and the space achieved the first 10 this season.
Above: Dan and Carleen’s first bathroom appears top heavy and not at all relaxing. In my eyes there is too many heavy blocks of black as in the bath, corner cabinet and the art deco inspired tiling on the shower. However, I did love the floor tiles and I am glad they continued the theme in their second bathroom but in a more subtle and stylish way.
Above: Carleen and Dan’s second bathroom shows a much more balanced space. The black and white theme doesn’t dominate. The beautiful floor tiles are balanced by the simplicity of the white subway tiles on the walls. The room was finished off with a narrow trim of black along the top of the tiles, typical of the art deco period. Modern, art deco was what they were trying to achieve and I feel they most definitely hit the mark here. If you compare the two spaces you will see what I mean about the softer use of black and white (2nd bathroom) versus the bolder look (first bathroom).
Above Black painted walls beside a white bookshelf and fire surround set the tone for this bold living room. A light grey (possibly silk) carpet, reflects light and softens the dark floorboards, brightening the overall look of this space – Image – Lisa Petrole Photography
Above: Black and white has always been a popular combination for bathrooms, but before you go all out, remember you will have to live with it a long time as bathrooms are expensive renovations – Image Olga Chetova
Above: A combination of a white table and black chairs with black and white cabinets gives this breakfast space a traditional look – Lisa Petrole Photography
Above: Black floor boards spiralling up a staircase make a grand entrance which is topped off by a simple but elegant black iron chandelier. Design by Crisp Architects
I hope these images have given you some inspiration on using black and white. I personally like this combination and used it in my bedroom last year but have found that I do tend to tire of it after a while, so do think carefully before you dive into using it so as not to make costly mistakes.
Have a fantastic week wherever you are in the world.