Saturday, October 30, 2010

This Week's Ideabook On Houzz: Black & White Rooms

On this Halloween weekend I thought it would be fun to take a look at rooms decorated in black and white. Is there anything more chic than the bold, sophisticated and confident spaces that arise from using this color palette?

:: nicolehollis :: modern dining room
Nicole Hollis

A large mirror lining the wall adds drama by creating the illusion that there are more pendant fixtures, tables and chairs than are actually in the space.

SchappacherWhite Ltd. eclectic living room
Schappacher White Ltd.

The centerpiece of this room is a striped black and white rug. The stripe is repeated in a smaller scale not only on the pillows, but through black trim accenting white square shades placed on black lamps.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects traditional kitchen
Austin Patterson Disston Architects

It is hard to complete with a classic black and white kitchen. This is a timeless look for good reason.

To see more wonderful examples of rooms designed using a black and white color palette, click here to read the entire Houzz Ideabook.

Have a happy and safe Halloween! Janell

All images from Houzz.

houzz- kitchen design, bathroom design, landscaping and more


  1. Great inspiration and you could never go wrong with black & white. Janell, I LOVE your new blog look! Have a fun Halloween


  2. I love all those pictures! My bedroom is black and white. I'll post pictures as soon as I finish the curtains!

  3. I've always wanted to do a black and ivory room, and if I could do that anywhere in the house, it would be the kitchen, like in that gorgeous photo. It's just so timeless, I think. Have a happy weekend!

  4. That kitchen is! Those wing chairs are pretty gorg too

  5. WOW! A new look! It is very polished and lovely, but I have to say, it'll take a little getting used to, only cause I grew so familiar with your old standard. Why is no one commenting on it -- did it just come up this way this second? And you haven't mentioned it, either, Janell. Did I miss something? Curious minds want to know... Thanks!

  6. I noticed the new look too. I agree with Michiganhome that it will take me a bit to get used to because I have been reading your blog daily for over a year. Congrats on your new look!!! Woohoo!

  7. Thanks for the comments on the new look of the blog! The design is about 1/2 done, still need to have the menu added, which will bring the content of my website over to this blog and provide more organization of the blog content. Soon...I hope!!!

  8. Black and white is a classic combo! Throw in some brass and you've made my day!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new design! Perfect for Janell Beals;-)

  9. Digging the new header and blog design! Black and white is timeless for sure. {love those pendant lights in the kitchen. So unique} Happy Halloween, Janell.

  10. Black and white is so classic - and your blog looks great!

  11. Love the new look of your blog, I noticed it right away! I love the look of black and white in any home, especially kitchens.

  12. LOVE the new look of your blog- tres chic! Black and white is a timeless, classic look in my opinion. I will always be a fan.

  13. You stole my heart at the very first image. Those black oversize drumshades and black wing chairs made my heart skip a beat.

  14. I'd LOVE a black and white striped rug like that! This is a very coincidental post, since I just redesigned my bedroom in white, black, and gold! See it here:

  15. This is my favorite color combo- it's just timeless! Heading over to check out the entire idea book.

    - Carmel

  16. I have heard many famous desingers say that every room needs at least one piece in black (for drama).

    And how can you go wrong w. black and white?

    My latest crush is white and black together with cognac. Still striking but with a touch of warmth.

    Happy Halloween back to you good friend!

    ox, Mon

  17. First, I LOVE your new blog look! So classy!
    That first pic is fantastic - I love the effect of the big mirror and those black wing chairs are awesome. Of course the second pic is right up my alley - if you ever grew tired of the stripes, it's so easy to change up the room completely just by removing a rug and cushions. A great theme for Halloween weekend - hope yours is wicked! :)

  18. I like those black drum shades.

    Have a fun Halloween with the kids!


  19. black & white kitchens are amazing ..... :))) i'm going for an all white kitchen


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