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Classic Neutral

Black and White Re-defined

By H. Iacobacci-Miller
Do bright colors make you a nervous wreck? Are you afraid to splash a vibrant blue on your crisp white walls? Perhaps a black and white living room is more up your alley.

Remember, there are many shades of white from bright white to creamy eggnog. To keep your room from feeling stark and sterile, try using the varying shades of white paired with sleek black furniture. It will help to give your living room a comfortable and inviting feel.

This living room vignette from Spiegel.com shows how well whites and black work together. To add splashes of color, fill ceramic bowls with fruit and fill your vases with beautiful flowers. A stack of books, believe it or not, is another way to add color and interest to a tablescape.

If you want more color, throw pillows and colored lampshades are a perfect start. Art work also supplies color to any room. To keep the color scheme neutral, however, work with the same tones. Find artwork with the same creamy whites and grays.

There are no rules to follow here; it's your living room and your home, make it your own!