How to Incorporate this Reemerging Design Trend into Your Space
Black and White is Back and Here to Stay
They say what goes around comes around, and that includes design trends. Black and white has always been a classic colour pairing, and this neutral palette is having a resurgence as one of today’s hottest design trends. Whether your look is modern or more traditional, knowing how to properly use black and white can provide a chic balance to a home. Here are a few tips to help you integrate the trend into your space.
Turn up the Heat in Your Kitchen
Also known as the heart of the home, your kitchen is the perfect destination to infuse touches of black and white to seriously impress your guests.
“A lot of homeowners want the clean kitchen look, so they’re afraid to bring in a dark, dramatic colour,” says Danielle DeBoe Harper, interior designer and senior creative content manager at Moen, a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath fixtures. “In reality, incorporating black cabinets or fixtures into an all-white kitchen can give it an upscale, current feel that’s still streamlined – and doesn’t require cluttering your countertops with accent pieces.”
Consider combining a Matte Black faucet, such as Moen’s Align Spring kitchen faucet, with a white backsplash and counters, or mixing black bentwood café chairs around a modern white tulip table for a more eclectic approach.
Create a Luxe Living Room
They say the darker the wall colour, the smaller the space feels – but that’s not entirely true when black walls are paired with the right light accents. In this case, black and white go together like ying and yang, offering homeowners the chance to transform their living rooms into picture-perfect spaces.
“You can either go heavy on the black by carrying it through to the wall colour or wallpaper, or make it the accent and contrast with white walls,” says DeBoe Harper. “In a white-heavy room, include artwork in black frames, a black fireplace and even opting to contrast with black painted floor and ceiling moldings. In a black-heavy area, use white trim and rugs to offset the dark walls to give you the perfect contemporary look or organic wood accents to create a unique boho feel.”
In modern homes, DeBoe Harper recommends incorporating a pair of bold buffalo check chairs or large scale black and white photos. For a more traditional approach, she suggests using silk black and white striped curtains, or painting the ceiling in a black and white herringbone pattern.
Shower Your Bathroom with Style
Black and white is the perfect way to give your bathroom a clean, crisp look. Infuse black accents through a faucet with a dual-tone finish, like Moen’s Via faucet in the Fusion series. Contrasting Matte Black and Chrome finish elements offer a unique dichotomic appearance, as if you sliced through the Matte Black gradient to reveal the gorgeous Chrome core. Towels also provide an opportunity to add texture and visual interest to a space, whether it’s a modern floral or traditional houndstooth.
For a seriously eye-catching shower, install tile in a black and white striped pattern. Keep the bathroom’s walls white, so the tiles really pop, and expand the stripes to the ceiling to emphasize the height of your bathroom walls and make it feel bigger – the thinner the stripes, the bigger the statement.
“Integrating black and white together makes your space feel sophisticated, yet playful and on trend,” adds DeBoe Harper. “Following these tips will help you achieve the ideal balance of light and dark in your home.”