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Thursday, July 5, 2012

How About A Little Black and White For Your Day?!


It is no secret I ♥♥♥ black and white. I have used it as an accent in my home for years, and I don’t think I will ever quit using it in my own personal design.

If I see something in black and white I will almost always stop to see what it is, and how I could apply it in my home.

I love touches of black and white, but I also have a secret desire to paint a room all black with white moldings…..

My use of black and white is a little more light handed….

The entry and guest bathroom flooring is black and white marble.

In the guest bathroom is where you will see the most black and white in my home…….

Even the exterior of my home has a light touch of black and white……..

I used a black and white  awning stripe as a curtain to accent my small porch area.

In the striped dining room I chose to use black in the chandelier, pedestals and the monograms on the chair covers.

As you can see my home is decorated in Spring-like colors, but I still chose to ground it with a touch of black and white.

I use black picture frames, and I also use some black accents in decorative items such as lighting……

Black and white will always be a favorite of mine. If you are afraid to use it as a major player in your home, use it as I have, and use it with a light touch.

If you would like to see more black and white inspiration you can go to my Pinterest boards and get lots of ideas on how to use black and white! Just click on the words below!



sallyj said...

I love black and white too, and your use of it in your home is JUST RIGHT!
LY, Kathy Sue!

sallyj said...

I love black and white too, and the way you've used it in your home is just perfect!! LY, Kathy Sue!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** It allllll looks simply mahhhhhvelous, m' dea'!!!!!!!! I looked back at one of your older postings (about your foyer) and wow! It's A*L*L just SOOOOO YUMMMMMY!!!

... annnnnd, I LOVE the way YOU love your beautiful home~~~ that's the way one SHOULD feel about their surroundings! (And you do it sooooo WELL!)...



You don't have to convince me :)

Toy Carli said...

Well, you know how much I love B&W. Great post today, Kathy.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

My home is also Black and White with touches of Gold and the paint throughout is Silver Strand by Sherwin Williams. Check out
It's my blog. My house is white with black shutters and doors. We recently painted the inside of the front door black. Very dramatic! I am so glad there are other Black and White lovers out there.....
Thank you ....Thank you for this post

carolyn bradford said...

I love using black in any room! I learned from a fabulous designer years ago that every room should have a touch of black in it! My son's bathroom cabinets are painted African Sky or something like that and they are the best looking cabinets in the house! Loved all of your pictures and love your black and white toile wallpaper! thanks for sharing this!

The Buzz Blog said...

Black and white are perfect foundations for any design since you can add color when you please. You must have loved Celerie Kemble's new book all about this great color combination! Hope you had a happy 4th, Kathysue.

debra @ 5th and state said...

my masculine aesthetic adores black walls! but, i have yet to do any in my home.
a friend once told me, decades ago, "every room needs black accents" i have followed that advice.

your images are gorgeous kathysue. did i see fretwork over your tub, in black? thinking this is genius!!
hugs dear friend

michele said...

i struggle with black a little bit. love it for my wardrobe, but i haven't been successful using it inside the home. anything not white is tricky for me to live with for an extended time!

but you. you have used it beautifully!

smiles to you.


Anonymous said...

I also love black and white and would love black walls with white molding but alas my home is too small for that look. I enjoy seeing photos of your happy home and your use of black and white as well.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Thanks for stopping by Patty's Epiphanies. I appreciate it very much. Did I mention I adore the outside drapery panels!

kim @ whitebarnbasics said...

I use to be (not that long ago!) so afraid of black in the house! And then, ever since all of you wonderful lady bloggers enlightened me I have painted my hutch and bar stools black! Love black and white stripes now (am no longer afraid) and your wallpaper is beautiful!

NanaDiana said...

I have always thought black and white was such a classic/classy combination. I had a bathroom that was black and white way back in the 70's. I don't have much of it in this house but I do like it. xo Diana

Sue said...

I am a big fan of black and white and have used quite a bit in my home. My next {of many} project is to paint my grandsons' room black and white. I am going to use board and batten, white, with the top third of the wall black. The boys' beds will be black and white with their currant favorite color as their sheets. Looks great in my head, we'll see how it turns out!! lol
Thanks for sharing.

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'm so drawn to high contrast like this when looking at photos, books, blogs etc., but shy away from using in my home. I think I'm too cautious!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Like you I have always wanted to paint a room black...it is so elegant and dramatic. Love these images.

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Kathysue, I've just popped over from your comment on Slim Paley.

Love your outdoor drapes and the mirrors and pedestals in the dinning room.

I have collections of white iron stone, black, and black & white pottery featured in our family room tv/bookcase. Also many of my paintings are framed in black.
Great to find you. :-)


Woodside Park said...

Thanks for sharing your home with us! I love your black and white porch panel/curtain. (And, your grass / lawn is perfect.) Very stylish and so crisp! To me, black and white is a classic combo.....never trendy and always timeless. Your home is wonderful :-)