Get a Black & White Color Palette Right: Expert Advice from a Pro

Get a Black & White Color Palette Right: Expert Advice from a Pro

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 30, 2016
(Image credit: Vicki James Photography)

A black and white color palette adds sophistication and consistency to any space. But just sticking to black and white in your home doesn't immediately equal an easy decorating time. Skill is required to keep a two-toned home from becoming boring or repetitive. Thankfully Lisa Wright, the expert behind the Australian-based blog TOMFO and the bold homeware line Yamba Scandi, shares advice for decorating with black and white. As seen with her beautiful home, she knows how to use black and white skillfully.


"I love the simplicity and strength of black and white. It's not for everyone, but I love the power it commands. I think black and white can make you truly look at a room and ask questions; you tend to look at the pieces and find the meaning in them."


(Image credit: Vicki James Photography)

Keep a black and white only palette look from being too harsh:

I think soft tones of blonde wood and pops of green foliage soften a black and white look; these colours along with neutral textures enhance the look of your palette. In essence, they become the colours in your palette.


"Do what you feel is right; there is no right or wrong way. Create what you love, it's your space."


(Image credit: Chloe van Dorp)

Show restraint for a true black and white look:

You need to set a colour theme and then be true to it. Don't be tempted to add in pops of colour, only the soft textures and wood that you have decided on. And keep them minimal or you will lose the black and white look. You need to show restraint, sometimes that can be hard to do.

(Image credit: Chloe van Dorp)

Use this balance for the right mix:

Search for pieces that are black or white, if that's truly the look you are after. Opt for a 70/30 approach. Say 70% white and 30% black, and use soft tones of grey or textures of white, small pops of green foliage and neutral wood colours sparingly throughout.

See more of Lisa's bold black and white home → Black & White Minimal Scandi Style in Australia

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