Go Bold With This Simple, Yet Classic, Color Combination

Check out these basic black & white design ideas; from Apartment Therapy

If you’re from the school of thought that black and white is a boring, predictable color scheme, we’re here to change your minds.

When used in collaboration with the correct furniture, accessories, and lighting, you’ll be surprised at how much of a bold impact this simplistic color combo can have on a room.

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Displaying perhaps the most simplistic version of black and white in our lineup, we love the impact the whitewashed floors, solid black chair and table, and gallery wall bring to the space above. Add pops of gold for a luxe touch.

The Scandi-inspired bedroom above isn’t overwhelming, but projects just the right amount of black and white needed to get the point across. The light wood floor, ladder, plant stand, and jute basket create a warm and inviting environment.

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The graphic wide black and white stripes anchor the room above, while the Greek key dresser, gold and acrylic wagon wheel, and contrasting sapphire rug add texture.

By adding a patriotic Union Jack pillow, dark wood elements (such as the coffee table, side table, and picture frames), and a fun Dalmatian-print wingback chair, this black and white living space looks anything but stark.

DHP Kebo Chair, $97

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Let this graphic black and white chair do the talking when you place it in just about any room. Complement it with more neutral pieces, such as a muted wall color and rug, and accent with black and white framed pictures, as shown.

Mudcloth Pillow Cover, from $45

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This sturdy and serene mudcloth pillow cover would look great paired against a bolder injection of black and white that will take center stage.

Emily & Meritt Bed of Roses Comforter, $119, and Sham, $22

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This pretty yet eye-catching comforter and sham is perfect for anyone who isn’t ready to pull the trigger on a completely graphic black and white overhaul. The feminine touch adds softness, while the pattern gets the point across.

IMAX Ratlif Planters $30 for a set of 2

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For your beloved succulents or favorite greenery, this set of two planters will make a statement in your living room without overwhelming the space. The Aztec-inspired, geometric accents will brighten up any room while the tiny legs add a stylish element.

Globe Head Swag Light, $30

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At this price, you can afford to scoop up more than one to make a more dramatic statement wherever you choose to place them. Each is crafted from black matte metal, features a soft white globe, and brass accents.

Hand-Tufted Area Rug, from $106

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This bold rug is just the pop of black and white you need to draw attention downward in your foyer, hallway, or kitchen. It’s handmade from tufted wool and is available with free shipping, to sweeten the deal.