Simple can be perfectly elegant as this petite bathroom shows. A black wood vanity pairs with a black mirror and is dressed up by a white marble countertop. The contrast with the white mosaic tile floor and shower is crisp and fresh.
The rear facade of this Brooklyn townhouse is painted all-black, a bold decision that lends drama to the traditional structure. A bricked terrace adds to the home's livable space, while a tall fence provides privacy.
The LeJeune Residence in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is featured in the Phaidon book Black: Architecture in Monochrome, celebrating this resurgent trend for dark home exteriors. Built in 1890, this building was once used as a home for the groomsmen who cared for wealthy residents' horses.
The dining room is brimming with drama thanks to lacquered walls and exposed beams. Powder blue Louis XVI chairs soften the strong personality of the jet black walls, while an art deco pendant and sideboard mirror help bounce light around the room.
This home was formerly a two family dwelling and was converted to a single family residence consisting of a kitchen and dining room on the first floor. The second floor hosts the foyer, formal living room and den, while the third floor contains three bedrooms and bathrooms for the family. Black and white staircases connect all three levels.
This project is all about classic elements with pops of surprises. Black and white is set as the foundational pallet, with bold color and pieces accenting the space, leaving your senses feeling excited and happy.
A black and white palette in this bedroom gets small punches of color from purple pillows and fresh flowers. A trio of large windows and French doors are left uncovered to keep the room from looking dark.
There’s no shortage of planters available, in just about any size and style you might need. But if you’re working in a contemporary or urban setting, or if you want to create your own “wall” of privacy plantings, simple, rectilinear styles may work best. Blox Rectangular Galvanized Charcoal Planters, $49.95 to $69.95 from CB2, are made of matte-finished galvanized steel, for a sleek but industrial look.