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15 Beautiful Black and White Rooms

by Annie Werbler

It usually happens around this time of year — bright flowers are blooming, sunny skies are shining, and published interiors take on the saturated colors of the season. The most dramatic color combination devoid of any color at all, the black and white look is a classic decorating motif that lends itself to just about any style. At opposite ends of the visible spectrum, variations on tonality can make a space feel strong and bold or soft and delicate. High contrast moves cause interesting details to pop, without the added interference of a hue. Our 15 favorite black and white moments from the archives feature all types of rooms in refreshing restraint. Think of this as a palate cleanser in between your summer eye candy. —Annie

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A mirrored wall in The San Francisco Victorian of Restoration Hardware’s Creative Force reflects black, white, and gray tones from this cozy nook and beyond.
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This An Airy Los Angeles Treehouse is decked out in crisp, clean white, black accents, and all the shades of gray in between. In the living room of Eva and Ian Goicochea's Mt. Washington, Los Angeles home, neutral finishes in soft textures mark the space. Photo by Jessie Webster
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Once again in An Airy Los Angeles Treehouse, the bedroom shares the high-contrast color scheme but this time with an emphasis on its cozy dark walls. Photo by Jessie Webster
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The parlor living room in the Sneak Peek: Alexandra Grablewski and Todd Bonné maintains a commitment to a black-and-white aesthetic, with even the family cat getting involved in the fun.
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A Beloved Family Home in Washington, D.C. contains a jewelbox powder room in a rich wallcolor that makes the intricate mirror shine. Photo by Ibie Falcusan
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This bathroom in A Customized, Parisian Home Built to Last features dark grout defining the shiny white tiles, forming a bold visible pattern on the countertop and walls. Photography by Romain Chirat
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A playfully austere dining room in A Uniquely Renovated Brooklyn Brownstone contains rustic furnishings and oversized lighting, both a nod to the past and a look toward the future. Photo by Ty Cole
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Natural and organic elements from this Sneak Peek: Emma Reddington of The Marion House Book soften the stark black and white color scheme.
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India ink-stained floors and rehabbed factory windows in A Modern Catskills Getaway tie in the black artwork accents throughout the white hallway.
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To make this DIY Painted Canvas Floorcloth, a geometric-patterned stencil imitates the look of patterned cement tiles. Photo by Lesley Unruh and Daniel Hakansson
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A white chandelier and hammock in A Hint of Bohemian Austin in Historic Virginia fade into the white upper half of the room, while darker tones gradate with gravity. Photo by Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative
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Thirties Vertex tile from Overstock makes a graphic statement in Before & After: A Modern-Bohemian Fixer-Upper in Southern California. Photo by Julie Balcom
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Paneled walls are split horizontally at A Well-Loved 1950s Home in Nashville, TN featuring many directional emphases. Photo by Amber Ulmer
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The white built-in lounge nook at A Mid-Century Home With Worldly Loom Goods in Salt Lake City uses plush fabric pillows to add softness and interest to the room. Photo by Becky Kimball
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In this Hudson Valley Home from Jersey Ice Cream Co. a salvaged basin sink pops against dark-painted lower cabinets. Photo by Tara Mangini

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