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Incorporate black and white into your decor

When it comes to creating the perfect color palette, there is nothing quite as pure, timeless and versatile as decorating using black and white. Black and white simply serves as the perfect blank slate for creating virtually any color scheme you desire. An all-white color palette can be crisp and fresh. The simplicity of, for example, a pure white color scheme in a dining room in which the plates and tabletop items provide the element of color (as opposed to using the traditional pure white plate set) can be warm and inviting. Conversely, a pure black palette can add a sense of luxury and elegance. The combination of the two, a black-and-white color palette, can be the foundation for a simply stunning interior.

Choose a design style

Take the time to decide if you are looking for your interior to feel modern, contemporary or more traditional. This will serve as the foundation for your design plan and help you select your furniture and accessory pieces for your decor more easily and quickly.

Paint an accent wall

Using an accent wall can be a wonderful way to introduce a bold, bright color.

Select a signature piece

A signature piece can be an area rug with a big, bold graphic pattern or a fabulous piece of artwork or gorgeous chandelier. Whatever piece you choose will serve as the anchor for the room and help you to be able to fill in the rest of your decor.

Select large pieces first

Purchase large pieces first, then accessorize. Once you have selected the signature piece you feel best represents your personal taste and style, allow it to serve as your inspiration. After this, choose your largest pieces first then your accessories.

Use shades and tones

Various tints and tones of white can be a really interesting design choice, and so can using different shades of black. Don’t be afraid to use different tones and shades of white or black, mixing and matching them throughout your space.

Add a pop of color

One of the beautiful aspects of working with black and white is that it is really a blank canvas. Virtually any color can pop when placed against black or white. So when using black or white or a combination of the two, why not consider a pop of color to liven it up?

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at

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