Thursday, March 14, 2013

Black (and White) is Back!

Black and White is everywhere this season, from the couture runways to sidewalk window displays.  You’ll see this dynamic duo reiterated in a number of ways, from color blocks chockfull of contrast, to perky polka dots, serious stripes, and bold graphic designs.  And since Interiors always follow Fashion, I predict we’ll start to see Black and White infiltrating homes and commercial spaces in the coming seasons.

While I’ve always been a fan of Black and White Lacquer and bold, blocky Chinese Chippendale patterns (used frequently in the Viceroy and Maison 140 hotels designed by Kelly Wearstler), I think this up-and-coming color combo will extend far beyond traditional associations.  Black and White will go beyond mere French provincial to produce a much more fresh, modern look.  Here are some interior design elements to look out for.

In upholstery, pillows, and other fabrics, forget the typical toile and look for bold, black-and-white stripes, abstract designs and ethnic ikat prints.  Polka dots (notoriously fun) may make a comeback in bedding and wallcoverings giving rooms a playful lift.  As for wall art, think sophisticated charcoal sketches and old-school typography.

 To keep Black and White rooms from becoming too stark, warm them up with medium-toned natural wood and metallic details, such as nailheads and antiqued finishes.  For a more modern look, go for graphic, geometric shapes, abstract designs and color blocking, then add a splash of orange for a pop of contemporary color. Whether simple or ornate, Black and White d├ęcor is all about a clean, sophisticated sense of style, so clear out the color and enjoy the view!