Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rough Luxe Black & White


Whether on their own or together these two can make a bold statement.?  Do we love them because they can pack a powerful punch ? Or is it because they are also so classic and timeless?

I love it when the duo is paired with a lot of texture so that it tones down the contrast.


  The armoire and picture frame in this Daryl Carter designed room creates a bold statement against the stark white wallsThe rest of the room is quietly peaceful.



This textile is the star of this room against a gray wall.

shyrdak headboard, as featured in anthology magazine

Here the walls are a biscuit color.  Notice how the background of the large pillow and the art echo the color of the walls.  Here the statement is subtle.


I adore this room.  The addition of texture and “the not so black” accessories lighten the effect. 

Great Furniture Finds at Gregorius Pineo -

This painting is the star of this setting.  Can you imagine it without it?

Designer Rose Uniacke in London.

I am crazy about this vignette….. the clever mix of the art with the  folk art.

via Phoebe Howard


More Daryl Carter…does anyone do Black and White better than he?

Darryl Carter . The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History


Me thinks a stylist did this.  What do you think?

Do you have a favorite? Would you or do you use black and white in your own home? If so how?

Sources to all images can be found on my Pinterest Boards here

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  1. Cindy, I'm a huge black lover. So dramatic. I'm not a "homey" style, but I do love all maybe my style is changing? And, I love YOU !

  2. Hi Cindy,
    I agree Darryl Carter is the master of black and white. Really, I love everything he does. Great selection of photos!

  3. Cindy,
    I love the clock in the all white kitchen. I need that Island with the iron shelving–beautiful.
    xo, Lissy

  4. I adore every black and white much as I love looking at it...I cant live with it in my own home. I do have a little black in every room though. It helps ground the room.

  5. The Veranda image is my favorite. I love black and white. It is so dramatic yet simple.

  6. Hi Cindy, all of your images are so spot on. I agree Daryl cater is a master of this look. I do have another favorite: Briggs Edward Soloman. Google him and look at his portfolio, I know you will be inspired!

    xx's kelley

  7. Hi Cindy, I adore black and white, in fashion and in home decor. The combo always looks fresh, smart and ultra stylish. I did a post awhile back about black and white stripes. Kind of loving that kind of vibe. Lovely post-as always!!
    xx, Heather

  8. What a wonderful collection of images to illustrate your thoughts-- I love black and white when, as you've pointd out, its softened by middle tones and some natural elements. I think my favorite one is the room with the huge painting and the black carved table -- so cool!

  9. I love it. We did black and white posts last week, too. It's the latest trend I think.Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy


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