Black and white is a great color combination: it's classic, it's sophisticated, you don't have to worry about whether things match. But sometimes the combo of black and white can be a bit stark. How do you create a monochromatic interior that feels elegant without being forbidding? Here are some ideas.
Above: this room, from Planete Deco, mixes in a few shades of grey along with the black and white. Interesting textures (wood, the ceiling medallion and cowhide rug) also help to warm things up.
Warm wood elements (like the antique furniture in this entry hall from So Deco) keep a black and white interior from feeling too stark.
The cowhide rug in this bathroom from Desire to Inspire performs the same function.
Another way to make black + white work: add a little shine. Spotted on Stadshem.
This black and white interior has a certain richness to it, thanks to floral pillows and lots of interesting textures. From Lonny.
Black and white plus a little texture, a little gold. From Lonny.
Black and white and wood and leather: elegant and classic. From Style at Home.
This is still mostly monochrome, but the other elements (the leather stool, the oriental rug, the stove) bring a lot to the mix. From Trendenser.
The addition of a little gold makes this black and white interior minimal but not stark. Spotted on Cross Street.
A great mix of textures, from Rue.