wednesday white + black

There is a famous expression that goes something like you can’t appreciate light without the darkness.  I think the same applies to design when working with white.  How can you appreciate white if there is no black?  Even if it’s just the tiniest touch of black.  Here are a few contrasting vignettes that are great examples of this.

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I know I’m always preaching about white.  But there is something so nice about having white and black together in a room.  It feels anchored.  Balanced.  Comforting.

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Here’s a great example of white with perfect pops of black…and that easy branch styling I talked about earlier.

black and white vignette

We always focus on the dining scene when we think of entertaining.  But what about the guest room?  It’s so important to provide a comfy and pretty guest room for our visitors.  This beautiful room is from the same house above.  One of the thing I love about this room is that the designer added a large scarf over her white headboard to incorporate pattern.  Brilliant!  Be sure to check out more of her house here.

bedroom white and black

You could do the same with this affordable black and white oversized scarf.  $32.  Then when you’re not using it on the bed, wear it!

black and white scarf

Happy styling!

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  1. justine says:

    A HUGE thank you for continuing to post thoughtful, inspiring posts. Almost all of the bloggers and Instagrams I follow have just turned into advertisements for products in the past year. Grateful for your hard work.

  2. I’ve been drawn to black lately as well. I’ve been putting together samples for a client, and I am hoping they will go with black hex tile for their bathroom floor.

  3. Lori says:

    I agree with Justine! Your posts are always beautiful and unique. I love that there are always pictures I haven’t seen before.

  4. Mimi says:

    I have slowly been changing my home to neutrals, I am loving the results and all these pics so inspire me. I found the pyne hollyhock in the charcoal colorway and with two yards made pillow fronts that are the foundation, so more black white please! I read every post but don’t comment often but I do appreciate the effort and work!

  5. Katharina says:

    I agree with Justine, too – thank you so much. I am a White natural Person, too and am sometimes to afraight to try to use dark Colors. Lovely photos.

  6. Colleen says:

    Thanks Seleta for the styling ideas. I’ve been decorating my back porch in neutrals so this is inspirational. I ordered the scarf ! Thank you for always being authentic and inspirational in all you do. :-)

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