A black-and-white palette is timeless, with endless possibilities from subtle to statement-making style.  Whether applied to a living room or dining room, a bedroom or bathroom, black-and-white interiors create a natural opposition of elements – the serenity of white complemented by the boldness of black, which gives a sophisticated look to any room. Combined with sleek metals or pops of colour, the look is versatile and adaptable too.

Prominent wall art, surrounded by a range of textures and patterns in black and white allow a regal pop from the golden-hued throw cushions and sunburst mirror in this living room design from Atmosphere Interior Design

A contemporary home interior style can incorporate black and white through foundation elements, such as walls, surfaces or flooring to act as a frame or anchor for the scheme. Paint one wall black or feature dark charcoal rugs or carpeting. Then choose a vibrantly coloured focal point, such as a sofa. Add colourful artwork, shiny or matte finish metal accents, and brightly patterned fabrics. The base canvas of black and white adds strength to an interior that can be both elegant and edgy. 

Black wall art, picture frames, sofa and light fixtures might sound overwhelming but the effective use of negative space in this Stanislav Kaminskyi designed living room projects sophisticated style

Sometimes more is more. Black and white alone in a scheme can be striking and even dramatic when you stick to large blocking pieces, while ensuring there is enough negative space for the room to breathe. Various points of interest from fixtures to artwork will move the eye around the room, but be sure to add textures that provide comfort to avoid the scheme appearing austere.

Of course, bold decor is not for everyone and more subtle options can be just as stylish. Black and white patterned fabrics bring the magic of monochrome to an interior without the starkness of the contrast. The smaller the print the more subtle, even if it's everywhere - curtains, rug, throws, chair upholstery. Glass is a good table choice to remain totally neutral and simple fixtures that add layers to the scheme but don't fight for attention.

Zebra stripe influences triangulate on this fabulous, reversible Zamarra fabric from Harlequin to create a bold, interior statement.

Wallpapering a single accent wall with a black-and-white print can be less intense for a larger room or indeed create a special effect in a smaller space, such as a bathroom, landing or nook. Allowing different corners to pop adds interest to your overall interior scheme. Add some greenery to bring life and fresh contrast to the space.

This Imogen charcoal floral wallpaper based on a hand-cut lino print by Fiona Howard turns this small corner into a curated space.

Sleek modern kitchen design can feature black painted wood flooring, cabinetry or countertops, as well as countertops that deviate from a solid pristine white to feature a black marbled road effect that is quite striking. Pair black-and-white patterned fabric for chair covers, tablecloths, and pillows. Hang a collection of black metal pots and utensils over the island or worktop.

This Hacker kitchen design features the Bergen countertop by Dekton available from Cosentino

Accessorise your space and get creative. If you don't want to or cannot ( for renters) make changes to your scheme, you can still make design choices to create the chic black and white style. You don't have to paint or paper a wall, invest in a large piece of furniture or change the flooring. Instead, a mirror, lamp, cushion, artwork or rug can have a significant impact on your decor. 


Clockwise from left:Wooden vintage bookcase from Maisons Du Monde, Dh1,215; Antique silver and black waste bin, A by AMARA, Dh320; Eichholtz Paladium dining chair, Sweetpea & Willow, Dh2,423; Feather table lamp by Mineheart features black ostrich feathers, LimeLace Dh1775; Scented 3-wick black candle, Kelly Hoppen Dh189

A few ideas include using a black metal table base with a glass top or black iron candlesticks and light fixtures in a dining room. Black bookends on a white shelf unit in the family room or home office. A single black lamp shade or series of picture frames in a bedroom. Poufs and ottomans are excellent styling accessories that often have multi-functions such as storage or steps, that work in every room in the house.

Clockwise from top: Vik three-seater sofa, THE One, Dh5,995; Cherry Tree Pink designed by Cecilia Setterdahl, Carpet CC, Dh16,425; Black and white pineapple pouf, Sweetpea & Willow, Dh429; Face cushion, H&M Home, Dh39; Parker Black and White Dice Box from Artisanti, Dh169



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