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Time-tested tricks for designing with black and white. The absence of color may be just the design answer you've been seeking.
Temper texturesAs timeless as a tuxedo, black and white loves to soak up the spotlight from the high impact of opposing hues. It’s just as versatile as well, able to be molded to work within about any design aesthetic. Be aware, however, if you use too many sleek materials or too much high sheen, your space will begin to skew modern. If that’s the look you’re going for, continue confidently in the direction of your design dreams! If not, look to infuse more varied sheens and textures like warm woods, shag carpeting, or antiqued metals to regain balance back to center.
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From diamonds to checks, pinstripes, or plaids, there is no shortage of ways to bring black and white to life through lively patterns. And like a comic strip, this high contrast pairing just loves to gravitate toward graphic prints to pop off the page, wall, or floor. If you’d like to bring high energy to a space, black and white packs the punch to achieve an artful moment of movement. Boom!
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Play with proportionMuch like the 3D effect of adding shadows to a painting, the use of black and white as a color scheme can have a noticeable impact on an interior space’s sense of dimension.
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Although there are myriad ways to decorate and design with black and white, one dramatic move sits high above the rest. No, literally! It’s the stunner stair runner. When the combination of height, shape, and bold contrast come together, few moments within a home can compare. Don’t be afraid to go bold - it's a low risk, high reward place to incorporate prints and go from simple staircase to wow-worthy showcase!
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Fewer spaces can achieve the timeless appeal of those creatively embracing the elegant simplicity of a black and white palette. In fact, taking color out of the equation may free up just the creativity you’re seeking to play with textures, prints, and proportions like a true monochrome master.