Colour - Less

photographer Michael Partenio

Photo Credit  Decor Pad

Yes.  Colour - less.. OK - well maybe scientifically only, these interiors are designed around a colour-less scheme.  The opposing aspects of black and white can create a highly dramatic and sophisticated space, and much to my delight elegant and inviting.  The difficulties in desiging in Black in White are that often interiors can look and feel very flat and cold.  If these images reveal anything, it is that depth is created through layers and layers of textures, patterns, and finishes.  Shiny floors, patterened area rugs, interesting artworks of various patterns and shapes, glass lamps, bright light, and reflective mirrors give life to these striking spaces.

Photo Credit Decor Pad

Photo Credit Decor Pad

Photo Credit Decor Pad

Interior Design Schappacher White ltd

A closer look at each image reveals another important element.  Hints of colour that come from nature.  In the photo above, the french doors open to a green terrace.  Every room has a floral arrangment is a colour that grounds the space.  Even natural brown branches create a point to rest your eyes. 

Photo Credit House Beautiful

Interior Design Windsor Smith

Photo Credit Decor Pad 

24 comments:

  1. Black and white are not colors but full of life with many opportunities and I love well-placed mirrors

    Have a beautiful day and beso

    VINTAGE

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  2. Just can't get enough of images like these!!! Thanks for this post.
    Angex

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  3. once again, an amazing collection of pics!!! well done - just lovin the glamour feel to some of these pics - I WANT IT IN MY HOME NOW!

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  4. Although I'm on my Spring / Summer turquoise kick now, I will forever be devoted to BLACK and white... Beautiful photos from DecorPad!

    :D Lynda
    nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com

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  5. Love, love every single image in fact have used many in my inspiration files. I am crazy for black and white. I did a post today where I show some black and white rooms also. I can never get enought of black and white,Kathysue

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  6. I adore black and white rooms. There is always the option of tossing in a few colorful accessories or a rug, but the combination stands alone so well.

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  7. Yum! all the way.

    I personally prefer a soft cream with black than the contrast black and white, but still these rooms are fantastic. They are so timeless.

    PS I got the light fixtures at Restoration Hardware - online only :)

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  8. I love black and white rooms!! For some reason they just look like they could never get messed up, which is good for me, because I'm kinda messy! Great post!

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  9. These are wonderful images of how black and white can really look fabulous. I love Windsor Smith's space, the black walls in the adjacent room draws your eye and senses in.

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  10. Wow, all of these rooms are gorgeous!! I think an important element in a black & white room is sparkle, and all these rooms have it in some form -- mirror, glass, chrome....

    I'm totally a colour person, but I do love all of these beautiful rooms.

    Kelly

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  11. What a wonderful post!!!! I adore black and white, and viewing this makes me wonder why my entire house is not just in these two colors. Love what you've chosen for pictures. These rooms are exquisite! Thank you :)

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  12. Oh, I love the foyer, featured in the second to last image. It's fantastic! The great, checkered floor, lovely seat, greens, and wow...I could go on and on, but it's all beautiful :)

    I hope you are having a wonderful week -- thanks for another fabulous post.

    xo

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  13. I love it! Thank you for that! I wanted to introduce you to a favorite blog of mine http://www.designtrackmind.com/. She also has a website for her interior design business based in Newton MA at www.melissagulley.com . I think you might like it because you both have fabulous taste.

    Pragmatic Mom
    http://pragmaticmom.com

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  14. Great spaces! They are all appealing to me!

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  15. I love black and white interiors but the layer of dog hair would be overwhelming on white upholstery!

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  16. Stunning. Elegance is restraint at times isn't it.
    xx Lyn

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  17. Love seeing the restraint. I need to live with color, but love to look at it all. Boys are hard for white upholstery :)

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  18. These black and white schemes are so sophisticated. Thanks for sharing them, this is a great post!

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  19. B&W. Elegance at its best!
    Great images.
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    V

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  20. Just lovely photos! Oh how I want a black and white house now!

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  21. Those are so great, there is something so sophisticated about black and white!

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  22. Gorgous black and white... pure sophistication without all the fuss of color.

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  23. I'm a big fan of black and white ! It is elegant and " dramatic "

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