While the classic color combination of black and white—a tried and true formula—never really goes out of style， the daring duo is de rigueur these days. Decorating in black and white in any setting， from living room to dining room to bedroom or even a staircase， makes a deliciously bold statement that is always sophisticated and never， ever dull. If you find yourself drawn to this high-impact lookfamily pillow cover， try some of our tips below.
They say opposites attract， and in this case， we definitely agree. Pairing these two contrasting colors together can produce dramatic results. But if you’re a little nervous about committing to such a big look， start small.meaningful gifts for mom
Adding just a few touches of black to a room with creamy white walls can have an instant grounding effect， such as a chandelier， a pair of pillows and a wall collage with black frames and simple white mattes. Or get creative with black paint. Coat the backs of a white built-in bookshelf or swipe one wall in a white kitchen with chalkboard paint for an oversized memo board.
Another way to incorporate the look is to place just one or two large black pieces in an otherwise neutral room to serve as the focal point： a desk in an office， a console in the entry or an entertainment center in the living room. Or， change up your textiles. Hang a pair of black panels and throw down a black patterned rug to anchor a seating area. You’ll notice the difference right away without making too much of a commitment.
If you love the look， take it from barely there to breathtaking with patterns. Whether you like the formality of damask or prefer the clean lines of geometrics， patterns add graphic appeal—and a little personality boost， too. As long as you stick to a black and white color palette， you can mix and match prints to your heart’s content. Just be sure to balance the scale of your patterns. Choose one big print and contrast it with smaller designs， such as a small check with a large-scale toile. You can also mix in solid black and white fabrics to keep the mix pleasing to the eye.
Architectural details and interesting shapes also serve to heighten the drama in a black and white decor. Highlight crown molding with black paint， create a gallery wall with black decorative ledges or hang a large-scale clock or mirror to dazzling effect. Furniture featuring classic details， such as the X-motif， offers just the right amount of flourish in a room absent of color or clutter.
The revival of classical regency style during the golden age of Hollywood made decorating in black and white all the rage. But what really distinguished the style was the glimmer and glitz. So go ahead and infuse a dose of glamour into your decor.
Look for an accent piece with mirrored or metallic tones or furniture with a high-gloss finish (we’re conjuring a campaign chest in lacquered black with brass hardware). In one of our photo shoots， we used our gold Typesetter Plaques to set off the black and white color scheme. So take a look around your home—you may already have the perfect piece to bring a little shine into your life.
Have ideas of your own for decorating in black and white？ Share your thoughts in the comments below.
It happens to all of us: around this time every year, our mailboxes fill up with beautiful holiday cards from the ones we love the most – but we don’t know how or where we want to display them. (You’ve only got so much space on your fireplace mantel, right?) We’ve gathered up 7 ideas from some of our favorite bloggers that are sure to inspire you to try a new and festive holiday card display this season!
Today’s contributor is Terra?from Mama Says Sew.?All posts written by Terra?for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.?
We finally decided to bite the bullet and install a DIY closet system in our master bedroom and I am SO EXCITED. We have never had what you would call a “nice” closet. The prior homes we lived in were built in the 1910’s or 1920’s and had tiny closets. Our current master bedroom has a nice-sized walk-in closet. It’s not gigantic to most people, but compared to what we are used to, it is!