Black and White – a Rustic Chic Study in Contrast

Black and white is a perennial favorite in interior design that comes and goes in fashion.  As a color scheme, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.  But the tension that exists between the two colors (actually, they’re not colors at all as white is the presence of all colors in the color spectrum and black is the absence of all colors) can produce a dynamic crispness and a most rustic chic effect, especially when modern and traditional elements are melded. 

In the photo above, three-foot-square ebonized mirrors from the 1960s (I stacked one mirror on top of the other and why not?) are paired with whitewashed side chairs from the 1940s.  The effect is bold and brings the brashness of the great American decorator, Dorothy Draper, to mind.  Here’s a rustic chic study in contrast.

Classic, timeless and most rustic chic

All photos by Joel Woodard


Filed under Interior Design and Style, Style, Uncategorized

2 responses to “Black and White – a Rustic Chic Study in Contrast

  1. Janis Paris Sides

    Always a classic elegant look!

    • Hi. I agree. Looks particularly good right now with all the snow and grey skies. Kinda of calming. Punch it up with some beautiful green plants and / or white flowers and it kick it up at notch. J

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