Ask 20 people what using black and white in decorating means to them and you will get 20 different opinions. Some think it is ultra contemporary, others country, and some traditional. Chic you say? Sure, Chanel thinks so too. Really, black and white can be used in any setting from formal to country and that is why I love this color combination.
I have been in a sleek modern office where the walls are a stark white and placed on the walls are black frames setting off the owners perfect piece of art. A black chair is neatly tucked behind a glass and chrome desk that supports a crystal vase filled with white roses, a black pen holder and a black phone placed just so on the corner of the desk completes the look. This to me says minimal sophistication
I have also seen many situations where black wooden chairs, painted in a satin finish, have been tucked neatly around heavy country or early American tables giving way to a hint of elegance.
One of my friends has the black and white New England style decorating down pat. Her kitchen, with its black granite counter tops, black chairs, and hutch, also has some quiet touches. Topping off her crystal chandelier were simple white shades, but to finish them off, French silk ribbons with a small black and white check pattern were lovingly tied around each shade and finished off with a simple bow. A nice New England style touch. That extra touch personalized her kitchen and helped make it feel warm and inviting.
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