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November 8, 2013
Rendered helpless in the face of a color wheel? Have a hard time choosing between yellow, green, blue, and red for your living room? Then follow the always classic, always sharp black-and-white plan for your interiors. Here's how to get the look.
Tel Aviv modern house stairs

Six stories high and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv provide a safe haven from the teeming Israeli city. The residents use either the black steel staircase or a glassed-in elevator by Wittur to get around the house; kitchens and ceiling in bright white provide high contrast. Photo by Amit Geron.

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Originally appeared in Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv
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Windows range from the smallest of square portholes to wall-sized cinematic expanses of glass, as seen in the dining room.

David Adjaye's Sunken House in London is a dark, cedar-clad cube with serenely lit and mostly white interiors. Photo by Ed Reeve.

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Originally appeared in All Clad
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Photo by Håkon Matre Aasarød

To reflect the purity of its surroundings, this pragmatic modern cabin in Norway keeps a tight focus on its black and white color palette. Photo by Håkon Matre Aasarød.

Originally appeared in First-Class Cabins
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Modern living area with Boox magazine shelving by Jesper Holm

In an almost completely black and white apartment in Copenhagen, even the accessories and artwork reflect the lack-of-color scheme. Here, the resident's own artwork picks up on the graphic diversity of the magazines housed in Boox shelving by Jesper Holm. Photo by Anders Hviid.

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Originally appeared in Converted Loft Fit for a Modern Family in Copenhagen
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Hollywood house bathroom tub

For the bathroom inside a renovated Hollywood bungalow, architect Noah Walker used a simple palette of gray and white tile, black countertops, and stainless steel fixtures. "I love minimal bathrooms with natural light, so less is more, and pay attention to the details," he advises.

Originally appeared in In Spa
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Modern dining room with walnut slab dining table and Tom Dixon Beat lamps

Mill Valley, California, might not be a hotbed of modernism, but it was here, ten years ago, that Dwell came into the world alongside founder Lara Hedberg Deam’s first home—now renovated by her husband, Chris Deam. Here’s the story behind the place that started it all. The materials palette is restrained to black, white, and some hints of color, making the only natural piece of wood in the house—the almost 14-foot-long walnut slab in the kitchen—really stand out. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

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Modern spacious dining room with concrete flooring

For black and white on a budget, consider highlighting white walls with black window frames and columns, as in this affordable renovation in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Mark Seelen.

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Originally appeared in Paint it Black
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Black white gray outdoor furniture lighting products
Keep your terrace looking sharp by punctuating lush greenery with shots of monochromatic black and white and adding innovative fabrics that work both indoors and out. View all black and white outdoor furniture and lighting here, from Dwell's April 2013 issue.
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black white fabric upholstery photo shoot
When it comes to upholstery fabric, black, white, and tan don't have to be boring. Choose neutral hues in raised patterns and velvety textures for maximum impact. See more details on our fabric picks here, from Dwell's February 2013 issue. Photo by Nigel Cox.
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Tel Aviv modern house stairs

Six stories high and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv provide a safe haven from the teeming Israeli city. The residents use either the black steel staircase or a glassed-in elevator by Wittur to get around the house; kitchens and ceiling in bright white provide high contrast. Photo by Amit Geron.

Photo by Amit Geron.

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