Ebony and Ivory: A black and white color story

Hello there! Welcome to my Black and White color story! You can probably tell from my blog design that I have a thing for Black and White. To me B and W go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly or French Fries and Ketchup. For me there is just no better combination. I have threatened more often than once to completely redecorate my entire home using nothing but this fabulous duo. Perhaps once the boys are a little older (or neater)! I am even contemplating giving away my entire wardrobe and replacing it with things from WHITE HOUSE Black Market. How delightfully easy would it be to add punches of color for seasonal flair if your pallet started with Black and White? So let's go for a tour of 12 stylish rooms that don't whisper but SHOUT panache! Love, love, love this living room. Can't get enough of that big B and W checked chair! The lantern is just up my alley. I actually have a table-top version. Look at that little sheep on the coffee table. Too cute!
What family wouldn't love to come down for breakfast in this cheery kitchen. The way toile, checks and stripes are combined is very charming.

What a gorgeous bed! I've never thought of painting walls gray but in this room they look fabulous!

This charming vintage bath is brought up a notch by the black and white checker board pattern painted on the outside of the slipper tub. Here, again multiple patterns of checks, polka dots and florals add charm and whimsy.

This bold black and white harlequin design wallpaper is the bomb! Lots of folks are afraid to use bold or large scale patterns in small spaces. I think the key is to keep the color pallet simple and the accessories elegant and refined. I love the little crystal "chandy" and the white lilies.

For some reason I think of Audra Hepburn when I look at this bedroom! I immediately think of her little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The graceful curving lines of the headboard just scream Hollywood starlet to me!

This modern bath has a touch of retro glam! Love the round lighted mirror.

I think that a good dose of texture is always needed when working with a strictly edited color scheme. The rug, baskets and tri-pod lamp add just the right amount to this mostly white room.

Usually, I am not a "white cabinets" kind of girl but I can't deny that this kitchen has all the right stuff! The punches of yellow and red against the black and white just send my heart into palpitations! The window treatments are divine!

You don't have to go with black furniture to create a wonderful design using black and white. This lovely bedroom incorporates black and ivory in the bedding in a most complimentary way to these warm wood tones.

In this dining room, the focal point is the solid black draped table sitting beneath an elegant silver and crystal chandelier.

Another wonderful example of a vintage bath that outshines many modern counterparts. Dressed in ivory and black, the baseboards and crown molding just define this elegant space. I love the heavy framed mirror and the sisal rug bordered with a band of black.
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Well, I hope you have enjoyed my Black and White color story. Who knows, maybe one day you will see a totally redecorated house on CP that features rooms bedecked in this classic combo.
Until then,
Happy Decorating!
Alisa













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  1. I love the black and white inspiration pictures. I could easliy live with black and white.

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  2. Okay, you've totally sold me on Black and White! I've always loved B&W toile - it goes with so many color schemes.
    I just saw Melissa's blog where she posted pics of her Home Interior goodies. I would love a catalog!

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  3. Love all the black and white together. What stood out to me was that tub. That was definitly a WOW factor! I think I'll redo everything in my house now,lol!Maybe 5 or 10 yrs. from now.... Kristen

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  4. Oh, I just love that living room! It looks fresh and new! And the toile, well, I never met a toile I didn't like! Loved everything except maybe the bathroom with the checkboard tub. It wasn't the tub, but all of that print in the towels, etc. was a bit much for me.

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  5. What a devine post.. I'm a huge fan of black and white..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  6. Hi Alisa,
    Oh I'm so happy you liked what I chose and where I put them.
    I love everything!
    That is so cool you are getting some Home plaques as well.

    You are right. We really do like so many of the same home decor' items and styles. I don't think I have ever known anyone who's style I felt was so similiar. Every picture you show of your home I feel I could have picked it out for mine. :)

    I LOVE Black and White as well!
    Everything you have shown here is amazing.

    Have a wonderful day.
    ~Melissa :)

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  7. Alisa,
    That was really a fun tour, I loved the pics you showed us. I loved the bath and the checked chair. Cindy

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  8. OMG! B&W is one of my recently new home design looks that I am loving! I am trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my home here and there! I liked the kitchen with the splashes of red...I still have to see my red!!

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  9. I do love B & W. And the thought of only that color is appealing but, would we be happy living in only B & W? I don't know that I would. I think I would & then I see color in the spring after winter & know that it too speaks to my heart. Choices... isn't it good that we can choose & then choose again.

    And my dear friend I hate to burst your bubble but, boys don't ever really get neater. :) That's expeirence speaking.

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  10. I love black and white so much that I used it as my wedding color! It is so timeless, in decorating and clothing, I think.

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  11. I, too, love black and white. When I figure out how to get my older pictures scanned into my computer, I have a lot to share. Thanks for all the great examples. Do you have any featuring black and white tablescapes?

    Scribbler

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  12. I enjoyed your black & white story pics.! Great blog!

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  13. So many ideas and inspiration here;) Have always loved the simplicity of black and white!!! French;)

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  14. Hi Alisa ~ thank you for stopping by Star's Fault last week to visit. I love your black and white post, as I tend to stick to the theme pretty much myself. My home is very pottery barn meets restoration hardware, with lost of black accents. I am adding bits of color here and there, accents that I can add, take away, change on a whim.

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

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  15. eek! that's "lots" of black accents. Sheesh... this computercan't spell worth a hoot.

    Blessings ~ Eileen

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  16. I loved all the blacks and whites Alisa! It's always so refreshing, crisp, and totally chic! ~CC Catherine

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