A modern black marble fireplace in a sleek living room.

Pulling off the black and white palette is tricky, but when accomplished, the look is classic. While stark, the timeless contrast of these opposites can be warmed up with off-white neutrals and warm woods and wickers, like in the living room in this elegant San Francisco apartment. With a warmer palette, sharper accents were balanced, which is the case with much of the modern lighting pieces. One of my favorite places for black and white is in the kitchen or in the bathroom (beautiful examples in this home) with carrera marble and subway tiles. I love the look, but sometimes I need more color in living spaces. Do you like this palette in small doses, or all over?

A modern black and white living room.
Simple black modern art
A simple, modern entryway in San Francisco.
A modern, black and white kitchen with subway tile backsplash.

DREAM kitchen. I love the dark grey cabinetry and the dark grout to give the subway tiles a sophisticated look.

A simple modern dining nook with banquette and pendant light.
An elegant white and silver bathroom with a leather stool.
(via Luxe, photography by Laure Joliet)



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  1. Monika Boruch (ohmydeco) wrote:

    Wow, love this! This marble fireplace is beautiful!!

    Posted 9.7.15 Reply
  2. This is such a beautiful palette! Personally speaking, I would go for only small doses of the black and white palette. Granted I have an eye for minimalism and both peculiar and particular aesthetics, I still believe in either a more Bohemian and warm atmosphere or a bright palette to bring a dose of fresh air and cheer to the space. I feel in the beginning a black and white palette would lean on sophistication, but as time goes on, it would become dreary and if one is not careful, eery! This is most certainly a beautiful space though!

    Posted 9.1.15 Reply

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