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Before & After: A Bedroom Freshened with, you guessed it, Black and White!

by Maxwell Tielman


I don’t think I could be more thrilled with the sudden Black-and-White takeover the design world has taken in recent times. Everywhere I turn, people are starting to embrace this bold and previously intimidating non-color palette. While some might think that black and white is too stark or hyper-modern, many of the Before & Afters we’ve run in the last year prove quite the contrary. From this stunning Hudson Valley home transformation  to the safari-themed nursery we ran just last week, homeowners and designers are mixing natural touches with black and white for a fresh, yet totally warm feeling. Homeowner and designer Dana Frieling also had a chance to revel in the beauty of black and white when tasked herself with transforming her 1984 Dallas home’s master bedroom. “I couldn’t wait to paint and get rid of the all-over (walls and ceiling) green color and turn the space into something with a more contemporary vibe.” Through a combination of large graphic touches, reconfigured furniture, and, of course, black and white, Dana did just that. The end result is a space that looks both wonderfully contemporary and inviting. Check out all of the photos plus Dana’s notes and design sources after the jump! —Max

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Paint colors: Benjamin Moore, Swiss Coffee (OC 45) flat finish, Behr Premium Plus, Black Suede, eggshell finishRug purchased from HomeGoods.


The wooden piece above the bed was an old attic vent for a house exterior, purchased at Habitat Restore. Bedside table is a vintage desk, lamps from Marshalls.


“The slant between the wall and the ceiling is what inspired the crazy black stripe,” Dana says. “I wanted to highlight this feature in a nontraditional way. As an added bonus, it makes the fan and tv “disappear” and allows the other features in the room to be the focus.” Bed and dresser from Drexel Heritage. Bedding: White quilt purchased from Tuesday Morning, Brown blanket from Marshalls, Pillows: Tuesday Morning, World Market and Homegoods.

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 “I was looking for something that would take up the entire wall without breaking the bank. By spacing the shelves to cover a vast space and using varying sizes of art/frames, I was able to achieve the look for minimal cost.” Picture shelves from IKEA.

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