A black and white palette is timeless and classic, with endless possibilities from subdued to statement-making. Whether you’re color-phobic or color obsessed, you're guaranteed to fall for these black and white spaces.
The dining room of this West Village townhouse features varying shades and square proportions, inspired by Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
Black beams, a modern light fixture, and contemporary chairs contrast the tropical-style ceiling and reclaimed wooden table in this mid-century modern Amagansett retreat.
In a modern Tribeca loft, a grand entryway makes a statement with unique decor and surfaces in a range of textures.
While the bones of the kitchen lean toward traditional, a glossy center island and eclectic tile backsplash give this Lake Tahoe home a refined B&W feel.
White pillows create contrast against a pure black banquette, with clean lines that are equal parts modern and cozy.
In a luxurious Beekman Place entryway, bold high-gloss trim is paired with warm gray grasscloth walls.
A black range, fume hood, and hardware creates contrast against light cabinetry and walls in this bright Tribeca kitchen.
In an 1840s Federal townhouse in NYC's West Village, a neutral palette is elevated with texture. The 19th-century armchairs are upholstered in a Perennials fabric, and the circa-1800 tall-case Mora clock are Swedish. The bronze-and-basalt cocktail tables are custom, the steel wall lamp is by , and the burl-root sculpture on the mantel is from.
The master bedroom in this modern NYC loft features a 15-by-8-foot glass wall that can be dimmed when the shower is in use.
In the circular dining room of this Beverly Hills home, a high-gloss paint brings a reflective quality to the walls.
This concrete NYC condo endured a major kitchen overhaul, featuring a true monochrome palette with a rich black backsplash and bright white island.
In a suburb of Chicago, PROjECT Interiors gave this home a stylish yet edgy makeover. Creating rooms for casual entertaining was crucial for the owner, Sally Grimes. “We love to have friends over,” she said, “and we wanted comfortable, interesting, bold rooms to entertain in.” A wet bar in the library, cloaked in a swath of black, beckons you in for an after-dinner drink.
A Memphis home gets a Gothic makeover from the owner and interior designer Sean Anderson. “I’ve always loved black rooms,” he explains, so every last wall, save for a guest room, was designed in a timeless, brooding shade. To add depth, the floors were white-washed, an element that Anderson says actually makes the house feel brighter.
The tub in this Parisian apartment's glamorous master bathroom is by Agape with fittings by Dornbracht. The chairs are by Junya Ishigami, the walls are clad in Brèche de Médicis marble, and the flooring is black granite.
The powder room of a modern ranch house in upstate New York features a black-and-white mural by and the wainscoting is painted in .
This luxurious New York City apartment is all about over-the-top design. Even the entryway boasts a staircase made of powder-coated metal, columns made from nickel-trimmed rosewood, and terrazzo flooring made from marble. The 1950s table is by Charlotte Perriand and the wall sculpture is by Lynda Benglis.
John Meeks designed the bed and nightstands in the black and white bedroom of a storied Manhattan townhouse. The benches are from the 1960s, the light fixture is by C. Jeré and the bergères are upholstered in a fabric.
In this modern black and white dining room from , the chairs are and the candle holder is .
In the home of designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white living room showcases 1950s armchairs by Joseph-André Motte, upholstered in a fabric. The 1960s cocktail table is by Tommi Parzinger.
In a Santa Monica ranch belonging to Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, a custom-made bed by Jay Holman is dressed in linens and a vintage linen matelassé coverlet. The antique Serapi rug and Tibetan hemp carpet are both from .
In a dramatic Manhattan apartment that belongs to designer George Nunno, the kitchen's custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with marble. The Milo Maugham barstools were found on eBay and the iron sculpture was discovered at a Paris flea market.
In this Stockholm home from , a white living room is accented with a black table, black faux fur and a striking geometric light fixture.
In this beautiful Paris apartment from , a black chair, a modern black lamp and a bold coffee table offer shadows of contrast for the mostly-white room.
A black and white color palette creates the perfect calming retreat in this rustic bathroom in a Sweden farmhouse. The vintage tub has fittings by and the floor is tiled with Carrara marble.
In the same Swedish farmhouse, a chandelier by Jonas Bohlin for Örsjö Belysning hangs above a custom-made table in the kitchen. The chairs are by , and the rug is sisal.
In this minimalistic Finnish home from , the kitchen only has the bare necessities. A clustered copper light pendant that brings a touch of color to the black and white color scheme.
In a Park Avenue apartment designed by New York designer Kelly Behun, a black and white rug matches the room's wallpaper in boldness. Beds by are dressed with linens, the light fixture is by and the stool is by the .
In this Scandinavian home for , the monochromatic bedroom is relaxed in character yet perfectly clean in design.
In this chic home from , brown leather chairs and a single pastel pink pillow add touches of warmth to the black and white living room.
In the Hamptons home of Erika Bearman, the kitchen's stools are by , the ceiling fixture is from , the refrigerator and wine cooler are and the photograph is from .