ColorTherapy: Black and White

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Name: H03750
Brand: Fine Paints of Europe

You may be wondering where the color is in this photograph, as it looks like it’s almost completely black and white and this is a column about color. But it is my aim to leave no stone unturned as we explore the range of color its full spectrum.

First let’s think for a moment of all the wonderful things that exist in black and white: photographs by Avedon, wood-cut prints, Italian marble floors, houndstooth fabric, pen-and-ink drawings, furniture by Fornasetti. By removing or reducing the seductive element of color, we begin to focus on other things like composition and content.

Similarly, the décor of the loft containing this kitchen is black and white, but with the teensiest hints of color scattered throughout–a fishbowl here, a painting there; and the furnishings are all clean and contemporary. This wall runs off the kitchen and also frames the entry door, so it’s a good place for a little accent. The color is almost black, but with a suggestion of navy blue depending on the light, and the result is stark and handsome. I don’t think I’d call it a suburban look, but it’s one worth considering for those who like something dramatic.

Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter