Black and white is a classic combination that moves in and out of the fashion spotlight yet never loses its power. It’s crisp and clean, and allows a designer to place emphasis on shape, composition, placement and pattern, without the distraction of color. A maximum contrast monochrome scheme can be adapted to suit any room in the house, from bathroom to bedroom; punctuate a black and white space with accents in a single metallic or jewel color for even more impact.
Style Edit: a twist on monochrome
When positioned on a pure white pedestal, tabletop or credenza, a sleek black sculpture like the Panther Sculpture or A Hole In My Heart Sculpture makes a simple, striking statement.
Whatever color your entertainment system is, a black and white media cabinet will set it off to perfection. BDI offers both the BDI Ola Triple Wide TV Stand and BDI Marina Triple-Wide Media Cabinet in monochrome.
Chairs are especially well suited to the black and white treatment, whether in the form of graphic printed upholstery or a deceptively simple, sculptural shape. Eero Saarinen’s iconic Tulip Armchair is a show stopper in black and white, or just pure white. The Guapa Office Chair by Midj looks almost futuristic in glossy white, while the Mimi Armchair is simply fun. Paired with a black table, the Giuseppina Dining Chair is really in its element.
Accessorize your sofa or sectional with dramatic pillows, like the Circolo Pillow from Dellarobbia, available in four configurations that combine sharp styling with soft comfort.
Designers have long known that black and white are a natural choice for contemporary lighting. The Taj Light is available in matte black and white, both of which highlight its clean lines. The sleek Neutra Hanging Lamp by Kartell is also available in both black and white, allowing you to mix and match these extra-large fixtures as you see fit. Or, if a floor lamp is what you really need to finish your monochrome room, consider the high-contrast Cadmo Floor Lamp or the unique Sipario Floor Lamp, which doubles as a coat rack.