If you’re at all tuned in to decor trends, then you know that bold colors—regal purples, dazzling teals, and vibrant corals—have made their way into our homes, replacing the all-things-neutral look that’s reigned supreme for years. In a home decor market that’s been flooded with greige for too long, black and white are emerging in a big and bold way, perfect for homeowners who want to make their space stand out.
“Black and white is a high-contrast departure from all the soft neutrals,” says Janet Lorusso, owner and principal designer at JRL Interiors in Boston. “An island is usually the focal point of a kitchen, and the black-and-white contrast just diverts your attention even more to this space.” “In the kitchen, I’m seeing an uptick in interest in painted black cabinetry with brass hardware,” says Donna Garlough, style director at Joss and Main. Black pendant lighting is also a popular option that can lend the space a fresh, modern, or farmhouse feel without a lot of expense.”
“Graphic patterns in black and white really show up on dining room flooring and rugs,” Lorusso explains. “And there are now many options for textiles and wall coverings in black and white, ranging from classic toiles to geometric statements.”
“This combination can look great in any design style; plus, tablescapes stand out better on a bleached or lighter white table.”
That’s why Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design in Portland, OR, recommends black walls with white trim, plus a statement rug to pull the look together.
You can achieve a modern update without too much effort by incorporating black and white pillows, decorative accents (like vases), and graphic artwork or a statement mirror. “Powder rooms lacquered in black with white porcelain fixtures and metallic accents in gold or silver exude glamour,” Lorusso says.
“Black-and-white floors can be anything from bold geometrics to classic mosaic hex tile, and now even faucets and fittings are showing up in a new matte-black finish.”