Monday, August 9, 2010

how to incorporate a classic

 Black and White is neither created nor destroyed. Like a Chanel suit, 
it is a classic, ever present today, as it was yesterday.
I love all things black and white. And those of you who follow this blog, 
or know me, know how desperately addicted I am to this graphic pop. 

Black and white spaces create graphic pop because white expands, and black recedes. Put
them together with a bright summer hue of pink, yellow, blue, green or any other bright color,
and it instantly captures your eye, and interest.

Another interesting fact about black and white is that it is perpetually held as the most chic and stylish combination. Whether combined in fashion, or in interiors, it is always stylish and elegant.

Black and White interiors always look sleek, fresh, and stylish. Many people I work with think that they cannot get away with using a black and white color scheme because it is often shown in a contemporary setting. But black and white is essentially a neutral, and goes with everything, 
like the photos shown below.

Black and white is the easiest and most versatile neutral to work with in your home if you are looking for a new twist, or update. It can go from the extreme and over stated, like below

Geoffrey Bradfield

Or classically understated in a snap!


Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury. Fashion fades, only true style remains the same and a woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed. ~ Coco Chanel

Nothing could be more true than the way we live. Be authentic, love completely and surround yourself with a lifestyle of indulgence; even if fulfillment comes from a $2 dollar trinket. 
~ Amanda Burdge


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  1. How informative! I love black and white too but did not realize what color can do when mixed with black and white. The pictures look gorgeous! Have a great week Amanda!


  2. I love that curved staircase with the pictures done in a grid, Amanda! That foyer is just lovely! I could definitely live with something like that in my own home.

  3. Oh my! That staircase is gorgeous.

  4. My goodness, I adore that staircase too!

  5. great post, and i totally agree--high contrast is always so visually stimulating!

  6. Thanks for the black & white inspiration. I just ordered myself some black & white animal print - woo hoo!

  7. you are so rgt when you say that... love the floor work of Geoffrey.. awesome and the staircase... breathtaking... lovely work ya.... when i build a house of my own... this suggestion is definitely going in :)

    take care and keep writing.........

  8. um, GORGEOUS...I would love to sit at the table in the first picturea and have my morning starbucks. AND, the white couches with black and white striped pillows mixed with coral??? I'm in LOVE. thanks for sharing!

  9. You give some great examples of B&W interiors, Amanda! Classics.

  10. Great post! No wonder you liked my post on the house in Nantucket! You are so right in how black and white can add freshness and pop to any room. Thanks for your visit to hill country house - I am adding you to my list of regular reads.

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