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Get this look: Black & white chic


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comp:000051fe0a3f:0000000dc7:3829 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <p>If there ever was a color palette that has stayed in style, it&#8217;s black and white. Cutting-edge yet classic, black and white can fit in a traditional, modern or contemporary space.</p> <p>&#8220;A kitchen looks crisp and timeless, a bedroom glamorous and luxurious,&#8221; said Jessica Lagrange, principal at <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/jessicalagrange-boards">Jessica Lagrange Interiors</a>. &#8220;It never matters if the colors [black and white] are used in moderation or executed lavishly; they always work together to create powerful spaces.&#8221;</p> <h3>The bedroom</h3> <p>Black and white is a perfect neutral palette for a bedroom and can be used to create a modern or traditional setting.</p> <div id="attachment_128939" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 395px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-master-bathrooms-1952510184/"><img class="wp-image-128939 " alt="black and white bedroom 2" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/black-and-white-bedroom-2-6e6046.jpg" width="385" height="430"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Graphic pillows are piled onto the bed in this image contributed by designer <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/KathrynInteriors-boards/">Kathryn Marsh</a>.</p></div> <p>A mix of graphic prints on pillows and bedding — paired with black furniture and sleek chrome light fixtures — creates a sleek and modern bedroom. Rounded pillows and a solid white duvet, just edged in black, give the room the softness it needs.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s all about layers,&#8221; said Lagrange. &#8220;Interest lies in mixing patterns and prints. A well-designed space employs a range of scales, whether patterns or solids.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_128940" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 520px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-guest-bedrooms-5149634227/"><img class="wp-image-128940 " alt="black and white bedroom" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/black-and-white-bedroom-37ed7a.jpg" width="510" height="347"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A black and white bedroom designed by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/jessicalagrange-boards/">Jessica Lagrange Interiors</a></p></div> <p style="text-align: left">The black in the bedroom pictured above is applied sparingly to create a traditional suite. The wall is papered with a diamond black-and-white pattern, which contrasts against the geometric patterned pillows. Red lampshades give the room a touch of glamour.</p> <h3>The kitchen</h3> <p>With not a lot of room for accessories or big furniture, the design elements in a kitchen come mainly through color choices for cabinets and flooring.</p> <div id="attachment_129030" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 418px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-dining-rooms-5149798614/"><img class=" wp-image-129030 " alt="Black and white tiled flooring is a modern addition to this kitchen designed by Jessica Lagrange Interiors. " src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/black-and-white-kitchen-80cda7.jpg" width="408" height="538"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Black-and-white tiled flooring is a modern addition to this kitchen designed by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/jessicalagrange-boards/">Jessica Lagrange Interiors</a>.</p></div> <p>Lagrange designed an eat-in kitchen with black-and-white checkered tile, explaining &#8220;a bold flooring tile layout in a modern setting is extraordinary.&#8221; Apple-green accents keep the space playful.</p> <div id="attachment_129029" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 420px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-kitchens-5087451185/"><img class=" wp-image-129029 " alt="This kitchen by Urrutia Design showcases black cabinets with white marble counters. " src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/black-and-white-kitchen-2-9a7001.jpg" width="410" height="499"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">This kitchen by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Urrutia-Design-boards/">Urrutia Design</a> showcases black cabinets with white marble counters.</p></div> <p>Cabinets and countertops are an easy swap in a kitchen, and black and white can create the right level of contrast. The kitchen pictured above features white-marble counters and black-painted cabinetry with sleek hardware.</p> <h3>Living room</h3> <p>As previously mentioned, a black and white room can be contemporary or classic.</p> <p>&#8220;The key,&#8221; said Lagrange, &#8220;is careful placement — making the room come alive. Doses of warm and cool as well as interjection of shapes, patterns and textures work to provide a space with depth and contrast.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_129363" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 379px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-living-rooms-5087452315/"><img class=" wp-image-129363 " alt="An all-white living room gets chic with punches of black. Room by Urrutia Design." src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/bw-living-room-2-5c2563.jpg" width="369" height="538"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">An all-white living room gets chic with punches of black. Room by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Urrutia-Design-boards/">Urrutia Design</a>.</p></div> <p>Different black and white patterns keep an all-white space from looking bland. Graphic designs and minimal furnishings will create a more contemporary look.</p> <div id="attachment_129364" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 563px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-living-rooms-5109585471/"><img class=" wp-image-129364 " alt="Black and white goes traditional in a room with a glossy black piano and brass accents. Design by CBI Design Professionals." src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/bw-living-room-0466df.jpg" width="553" height="379"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Black and white goes traditional in a room with a glossy black piano and brass accents. Design by <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/CBI-Design-boards/">CBI Design Professionals</a>.</p></div> <p>A traditional room comes alive with rich detailing: long drapes, architectural details, brass accents and classic accessories, like a grand piano.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-06-27/designer-of-the-month-jessica-lagrange/"><span style="line-height: 13px">Designer of the Month: Jessica Lagrange</span></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.stage.blog.oc.zillow.com/2013-03-12/the-new-neutrals-infusing-bold-color-into-the-home/">The New Neutrals: Infusing Bold Color into the Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-04-16/get-this-look-brass-is-back/">Get This Look: Brass is Back</a></li> </ul> <p><i><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/103345847783680122751/posts?rel=author" target="_blank">Erika Riggs</a>, </i><i>a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work <a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/author/erikariggs/" target="_blank">here</a>. </i></p> </div>
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