5 Smashing White and Black Homes

By now everybody knows that it is fairly simple and cheap to change up the look of a space by changing out throw pillow covers, a lamp or two, artwork along with a rug. However, to pull this off you want a foundation that is versatile. Using black and white as a foundation makes these switch-ups really simple and can be visually striking. Get ideas on how to do this by these five houses that use black and white as a starting point.

LDa Interiors & Architecture

1. An home in Massachusetts. Upon entering this stunning oceanside home north of Boston, one immediately knows that LDA Architecture and Interiors hasn’t designed a typical beach home.

LDa Interiors & Architecture

This equilibrium of the two colors even retains an TV looking glossy.

LDa Interiors & Architecture

Not all the rooms are white with black accents; others, such as this kitchen, allow black dominate and attract big drama.

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Stephanie Sabbe

2. A daring Manhattan apartment. Interior designer Stephanie Sabbe made a wowing look by using black, white and shades in between (for example, the light grey sofa). This complex home begins with a strong black and white chevron rug on the floor, and picture touches abound in the floor up to the ceiling.

Stephanie Sabbe

Another black and white rug creates continuity between the rooms; this time it’s left in a zebra print. Electric orange dazzles as part of this palette, while boldly coloured prints are anchored by black and white framing. Any of the artwork’s colors would work on the dining chair slipcovers.

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Stephanie Sabbe

Out on the terrace, black woven furniture may take on a bevy of bold hues and geometric prints.

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Susan Duane

3. A nation charmer in western New York. Susan Duane, blogger of Hometown Girl, has maintained the traditional look of her classic home through major renovations. Using black and white brings a traditional look.

Turquoise chairs stick out on the otherwise only black and white screened-in porch.

Susan Duane

White and black tiles on the floor and a traditional floral print on the walls and windows provide this bathroom a classic feel.

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SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

4. A Shelter Island cottage. For this enchanting cottage on Shelter Island, New York, Steve Schappacher and Rhea White chose a common beachy farmhouse aesthetic and changed it up by making it in black and white.

SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Maintaining a strict color palette ties with an eclectic mix of seating and decorating styles.

SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Paint provides the cottage kitchen with an ever-changing background.

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Vanessa De Vargas

5. A modern box at Venice Beach. In this modern home, interior designer Vanessa De Vargas conveys substantial black and white pieces throughout the home, frequently in chevron designs. This gave her the freedom to blend in shots of bold color in every room while keeping a cohesive look throughout the whole first floor.

Vanessa De Vargas

The black and white bits in the area work nicely with chrome and glass. An ornate gold mirror along with a natural fiber rug keep things from becoming too matchy-matchy and warm up the otherwise stark colour.

Vanessa De Vargas

Pops of yellow add cheer to the breakfast nook that is white and black.

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2012 Color Trends: Organic Purples for Kitchen and Bath

This 2012 Color Trends show is all about five sexy colour trends projected for the year. In particular I’ll be showing you how you can integrate them into your kitchen and bath in a means which makes sense for your home.

This ideabook concentrates on purple, among my personal favorites. This season’s color predictions show the deep and pale purples you see at sunset and in wildflower fields, instead of those that appear in royal palaces. Purple is a simpler colour to use than you’d expect, because it’s such a natural shade. You find it in herbs and dusky horizons, vineyards and vegetable gardens.

If you have only seen purple a retro glam colour, you are missing its rich subtleties. Consider this: colors which occur in nature, especially when paired with their own natural neighbors, will work together in your house. Mother Nature is the best designer anywhere!

My bedroom and bath is going to be painted a soft plum this year. Here are a few ideas about how you might integrate the purple color trend into your property.

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If you do not need an entirely purple area, consider one section of your kitchen. This bit of plum may be just enough for your preference.

Celia James

Deep purple paint attractively matches the white cabinetry within this kitchen, and it also works well with walnut, walnut oak as well as organic cherry.

Amoroso Design

Fabrics are a great way to introduce color to a kitchen. Here, a deep aubergine pillow covers a banquette and performs well with the area’s white canvas.

Other fabric opportunities comprise dish washer, oven mitts, window coverings and area rugs.

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Waterfall Ruffle Shower Curtain – $79

Adding colour with textiles also works nicely in the restroom. A shower curtain is a simple redo if you tire of this year’s fashion color. This shower curtain flirts with texture as well as colour. Wouldn’t it be fun for a teen girl or even a bachelorette’s bath?

Comparatively Quirky Ltd

Wallpaper delivers the opportunity to introduce both colour and pattern into a room. Here, the print mixes together with the bathtub and the wall beneath. A partial treatment allows for a conventional trimwork element within the room, which doesn’t compete with the bathtub facing it.

Bathroom Tile

This look isn’t for the faint of heart, nor the apathetic housekeeper. But it’s a stunningly magnificent tile to integrate into a bath or kitchen project in which you want to create an impression. I envision that this one covering a powder room wall.

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Flux US – Bath furniture and accessories

Purple gets playful in this Italian vanity. Its curves and gloss impart a levity into the space. The wall mount adds to the lighthearted feel of the space, as will the coordinating racetrack-shaped mirror over. If you are a purple fan with a sense of whimsy, this could be a fun addition to your master bath.

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Muuto Restore Storage Basket by: Muuto – Huset-Shop. com | Your House – $120

Each kitchen and bath has coordinating needs. Why don’t you take the opportunity to add colour via your storage systems? It’s low impact, readily changed and may even brighten your day when you have a look at its cheerful colour.

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