ColorTherapy: Black and White

ColorTherapy: Black and White

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 10, 2007

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 d├ęcor 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

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