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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.