Even if you're obsessed with color, you're guaranteed to fall for these gorgeous black and white rooms.
In a suburb of Chicago, PROjECT Interiors gave this home a stylish but 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.
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 .
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.
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.
In the home belonging to 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.
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 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 this Stockholm home from , a white living room is accented with a black table, black faux fur and a striking geometric light fixture.
In a dramatic Manhattan apartment belonging 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 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 the quaint master bedroom of Larry Laslo's Palm Beach bungalow, the bedside tables, lamps, canopy and bedding are by . The table is by , and the photographs are by Irving Penn.
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 Oscar de la Renta Erika Bearman, the kitchen's stools are by , the ceiling fixture is from , the refrigerator and wine cooler are and the photograph is from .
In a Manhattan penthouse, the kitchen's crystal light fixture is from Moss. The island is iron-wrapped, the refrigerator is by Northland and the vintage stools are from .
In this Brazilian home, designer created a black and white kitchen space with black lacquered cabinetry and a high-gloss painted door. A pair of 19th-century English chairs and a Kartell table add comfort to the space.
This ultra cool Parisian apartment from is monochromatic not only in its furniture, but also in its careful chosen artwork and sculptures.
In photographer William Abranowicz's Westchester ranch house, pendant lights by hang above the marble-top kitchen counter. The black bar chairs are by and the milk glass-lined cabinets are custom made. The backsplash tiles are from .
A converted attic space in a Parisian apartment from is enchanting with its black spiral staircase, sheepskin-covered chairs and high gloss black bar.
Bohemian print pillows add just enough variety to this chic black and white apartment from .
In this chic home from , black decor lines the shelves of a white bedroom for a contrasting color scheme.
Though this home from has busy walls with its abundance of artwork, its color scheme is calm with just hints of natural brown sneaking into the black and white design.
The kitchen in this Parisian home from is social and welcoming, but remains cool with its white walls and black cabinetry. The vintage dining room was found at a flea market in Paris.
White takes center stage in this pristine bedroom from , but black accents in the room's artwork adds just the right amount of needed contrast.