Designer Celerie Kemble showed off her love of simple black and white at Henredon. From her four-poster canopy bed upholstered in contrasting stripes to a living room with black lacquered display cases to a three-cushion sofa upholstered in white with black piping, she demonstrated the high level of sophistication it invokes.
Epicenters’ Austin Collection used the opposites on the Leander dresser and Round Rock martini table, while designer Kelly Wearstler added black balls to her white Pop chest manufactured by E.J.Victor. Wearstler also created the Ives console from ebonized oak and white venatino stone and steel for a very sturdy contemporary look.
Furniture and accessory manufacturer Maitland-Smith did a quirky black-faced Polar bear stool with white faux fur.
“Black and white is a sophisticated and timeless color combination,” said Nathan Copeland, president of Highland House Furniture.
Highland House’s Beaufort center hall table is topped in white with black beneath. “These two contrasting colors make a bold statement,” Copeland said.
Some designers punch up the combo with accent colors such as red, yellow, bright green and orange.
“I love black and white on their own or combined with a big pop of color like green or gold,” said Fairley.
“The color black helps to ground a room, giving it a focal point, while the color white provides a sense of freshness,” Copeland said.