Checkerboard floor patterns are a classic way to incorporate black and white in a kitchen—or any room in the house. Here, the bold graphics underfoot ground the black cabinetry up above. A delicate floral wallpaper and curvy metal chandelier offer a counterpoint to the strong lines around the room.
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This dining room takes on a sleek, clean look with its black Parsons-style table and chairs, utilizing accents and furniture to build the black and white theme. Furnishings, artwork, and stripes on the bottom of the drapes could continue the black-and-white theme. Use a dark charcoal gray on an accent wall if you want to bring another shade into the mix.
Add some functional black to any room with chalkboard paint. This simple kitchen was given a huge boost by its single chalkboard wall. The paint and chalk fit right in with the black-and-white theme, while the custom drawings and etchings add a little down-home personalization to the space.
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The simplicity of black and white lends itself to use in a home office—even one that is built into a closet. Compact and well-organized, this space belies its size with its whitewashed walls and black detailing and accents.
The Softer Side of Black and White
Anyone under the impression that using black and white in decorating results in a hard-edged appearance need only look at this charming sitting room to see the color scheme's softer side. White walls and furnishings are punctuated by a strong pedestal table, a graphic fabric pattern on the stools, and a wide border on the drapes.
If even a single black wall in the bedroom seems a little too much, consider the reverse: Keep the walls white and let the furnishings and accents introduce the black. This bedroom serves up this scheme with charm, thanks to interesting headboard panels and alternating black and white luggage.
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A kitchen island is a great way to introduce black—or any other color—to a kitchen design. This island's black beadboard facing complements the sleek, clean lines of the cabinets, and its oversize black granite countertop offers a generous work/dining area.
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