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Get this look: Black & white chic

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 11:20 a.m. CDT

If there ever was a color palette that has stayed in style, it’s black and white. Cutting-edge yet classic, black and white can fit in a traditional, modern or contemporary space.

“A kitchen looks crisp and timeless, a bedroom glamorous and luxurious,” said Jessica Lagrange, principal at Jessica Lagrange Interiors. “It never matters if the colors [black and white] are used in moderation or executed lavishly; they always work together to create powerful spaces.”

The bedroom

Black and white is a perfect neutral palette for a bedroom and can be used to create a modern or traditional setting.

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Graphic pillows are piled onto the bed in this image contributed by designer Kathryn Marsh.

A mix of graphic prints on pillows and bedding — paired with black furniture and sleek chrome light fixtures — creates a sleek and modern bedroom. Rounded pillows and a solid white duvet, just edged in black, give the room the softness it needs.

“It’s all about layers,” said Lagrange. “Interest lies in mixing patterns and prints. A well-designed space employs a range of scales, whether patterns or solids.”

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A black and white bedroom designed by Jessica Lagrange Interiors

The black in the bedroom pictured above is applied sparingly to create a traditional suite. The wall is papered with a diamond black-and-white pattern, which contrasts against the geometric patterned pillows. Red lampshades give the room a touch of glamour.

The kitchen

With not a lot of room for accessories or big furniture, the design elements in a kitchen come mainly through color choices for cabinets and flooring.

Black and white tiled flooring is a modern addition to this kitchen designed by Jessica Lagrange Interiors.

Black-and-white tiled flooring is a modern addition to this kitchen designed by Jessica Lagrange Interiors.

Lagrange designed an eat-in kitchen with black-and-white checkered tile, explaining “a bold flooring tile layout in a modern setting is extraordinary.” Apple-green accents keep the space playful.

This kitchen by Urrutia Design showcases black cabinets with white marble counters.

This kitchen by Urrutia Design showcases black cabinets with white marble counters.

Cabinets and countertops are an easy swap in a kitchen, and black and white can create the right level of contrast. The kitchen pictured above features white-marble counters and black-painted cabinetry with sleek hardware.

Living room

As previously mentioned, a black and white room can be contemporary or classic.

“The key,” said Lagrange, “is careful placement — making the room come alive. Doses of warm and cool as well as interjection of shapes, patterns and textures work to provide a space with depth and contrast.”

An all-white living room gets chic with punches of black. Room by Urrutia Design.

An all-white living room gets chic with punches of black. Room by Urrutia Design.

Different black and white patterns keep an all-white space from looking bland. Graphic designs and minimal furnishings will create a more contemporary look.

Black and white goes traditional in a room with a glossy black piano and brass accents. Design by CBI Design Professionals.

Black and white goes traditional in a room with a glossy black piano and brass accents. Design by CBI Design Professionals.

A traditional room comes alive with rich detailing: long drapes, architectural details, brass accents and classic accessories, like a grand piano.

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