Black and white is a color combination that is timeless. It can be sophisticated and chic, as well as cozy and classic, and it has a flair for the dramatic. But even though it’s simple, it isn’t fool proof.
Here are five things to think of when you design a room in ebony and ivory:
Hone in on your style. Do you want the result to be contemporary? Art Deco? Modern cottage? Urban? Be sure to stay within your style genre when bringing in furnishings so your room looks purposeful and pulled together.
Add a third color. Black and white has more impact when you add a third shade that underscores the drama. For example, use red toss pillows, a vase of bright yellow tulips or a hot pink rug. You can also use wood or metal to bridge the divide. This extra finish will give the room a more vibrant design aesthetic.
Stick to solids. Choose furnishings that are all black or all white, instead of a black-and-white pattern. This will help you create a sense of balance by letting you distribute the colors around the room. If you do want to use a pattern, use it on a pillow, accent chair or ottoman.
Embrace the contrast. Black and white offers the biggest color contrast possible, so use that sense of drama by highlighting the details in your room. For example, hang a white chandelier above a black table, or use dark trim against white walls.
Think outside the black-and-white box. Ebony and ivory doesn’t have to literal. Look for other dark tones that offer the same sense of contrast as black, such as eggplant, charcoal and navy. The result will provide the same depth and sophistication.