5 Reasons To Love White-On-Black

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We’ve fallen prey to the seductive power of white-on-black. There’s no denying it – that James Treble has got some serious magnetism. Are you tempted?

Here are five (more) reasons to master the monochrome.

BLACK + WHITE TRANSCENDS STYLE TRENDS

With each season we’re introduced to new colour trends. For some, their moment in the sun will be but brief. The black and white palette, however, rises above the on-trend. It exudes an elegance that’s both versatile and timeless.

Whether it’s a chalkboard in an all-white kitchen or a black feature wall in your boudoir, this striking colour combination brings your interiors to life.

Versatile and chic, white-on-black answers to all your design dilemmas… Image source via tazatek.com and adisabledmomslife.blogspot.com.

WHITE-ON-BLACK SUBVERTS EXPECTATIONS

The simple reversal of white against black reinvents this classic scheme. It introduces fresh drama into your interiors. Against the black feature wall, the Noah Cloud Armchair becomes arresting, its pristine white colour both crisp and comforting.

From left: Amalfi Clover Mirror/Tray, 50cm (comes in a set of 2), Sydneyside Heston Black Oak Side Table, Swann Imports Rectangle Storage Ottoman and Amalfi Valentino Table Lamp, available online at Zanui.

WHITE-ON-BLACK WORKS WITH ACCENTS IN ALL COLOURS

Whether rust-reds or wintry blues are your bag, white-on-black can accommodate. Temper its contrast with everything from burnt orange to chartreuse or indulge in the fifty shades of grey.

Our James Treble-styled bedroom works with teal. James says, “I chose the deep teal because not only is it en-vogue but the blue to green palette is always relaxing in the bedroom.”

From left: Bambury Mongolian Lambswool Cushion, Cafe Lighting Minx Temple Jar, NF Living Xavier Lantern (Set of 2) and Xavier&Me Breezeblock Flat Weave Designer Rug, available online at Zanui.

WHITE-ON-BLACK IGNITES GRAPHIC, GEOMETRIC AND CULTURAL DESIGNS

Not only does white-on-black collude with all the things in the colour spectrum, it creates striking results with pattern. James has worked in a Moroccan element in our decadent bedroom, but this could just as easily be Aztec, Day of the Dead, Japanese, the list goes on…

From left: Zanui Noah Cloud Armchair, NF Living Celtic Bedside Table, and Zanui Casablanca Bedhead, available online at Zanui.

IT’S EASY TO UPDATE

So this look doesn’t have a use-by date. That doesn’t mean we won’t feel like giving it, say, a minor refresh from time to time. 😉

“The best thing about black and white is that everything goes with it,” James says, “so you can change minimal accessories and revamp your look daily, weekly, seasonally.”

Even when you’re itching for a total overhaul, décor accents and staple items within this scheme can be re-purposed for the long term.

So there you have it! Five reasons to finesse your space with white-on-black. Elegant. Edgy. European. Eclectic. Take your pick.

The choice is yours. Design your life.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.