design scene has been experiencing a resurgence of black and white home
décor as of late, and it appears the enduring duo is making its way
Yet unlike eras
past, the classic pairing is sited to bestow a more sophisticated and
subtle presence in the home. Achieving black and white’s modern appeal
means leaving Mondrian’s palette of primary colors mostly behind.
white will always be viewed as timeless; however, now it is less ‘traditional,’"
says Amy Maxwell, a buyer at Xenia in Mequon. "Black and white is
being approached in a more natural style, such as using reclaimed wood
or vintage-like prints and accessories."
Adding black and
white accessories to enliven a space is relatively easy, Maxwell says.
An owner can start small — say, by converting family photos to black
and white, or by adding a few patterned pillows, vases, a new rug or
sofa — or they can go big by painting a black and white accent wall.
Just be sure not
to overdo it. "Stay away from dated trends, unless you’re going
for a retro look," says Becky Grinwald, an associate interior
designer at Peabody’s Interiors in Milwaukee. "Using too many
patterns together or using it too much can become confusing to the
You want to dazzle
your guests, not make them dizzy.
jar; available at Peabody’s Interiors, 8655 N. Deerwood Drive,
(414) 962-4550 or peabodysinteriors.com;
Away Melanie and X Side Nuo stools; both available at Xenia.
wallpaper from Cole & Sons available at Peabody’s Interiors;
Aram Gotham Collection book ends; available at Xenia, 11031 N.
Port Washington Road, Mequon, (262) 240-1480 or xeniagallery.com;