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Black & White: Why it Works

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The appeal of a black and white photograph may be in the form. In the absence of color you can redirect your focus to depth, line and gradation.  Black and white interiors can be similarly captivating. The classic combination can make a major design element pop or call our attention to details. In these vignettes from [...]




 

 

The appeal of a black and white photograph may be in the form. In the absence of color you can redirect your focus to depth, line and gradation.  Black and white interiors can be similarly captivating. The classic combination can make a major design element pop or call our attention to details. In these vignettes from ASI Interios in Chicago, black and white are tastefully combined to provide interest, focus and a sense of design intent.

asi interiors bedroom vignette

In this bedroom, a range from white to tan is used in a variety of subtle but differentiated textures. The sculptural lamp base, which could certainly hold its own, is punctuated with the simple solid black shade. The addition of the stark contrast draws our attention, not to the black shade, but directly to the figure giving the piece dominance in the composition. The result is not wholly classical or contemporary, but does a wonderful job of bridging the two.

asi interiors modern black and white powder room

 A modern black counter and oversized silver mirror with a distinctive sink and faucet design could easily feel overpowering. But in this case, ASI Interiors used a large, graphic black and white wall paper that offers the perfect counterbalance to the contemporary vanity. The wall graphic holds its own on several counts: the contrasting black and white color combination, the large scale of the motif and the juxtaposition of the curvy, swirling lines against the harder edges of the vanity.

asi interiors chicgao black and white foyer

An entry with no furnishings, only built-in display niches - yet the strength of the high contrast color scheme makes the space feel full and alive. The black door commands attention – the adjacency of the display shelving creates prominence by association. One can step from initial impact, to adjacent point of interest and down to the detail of the shelf contents, the floor and ceiling.

All of the work in this article is from projects completed by ASI Interiors’  Denise Antonucci and Jerry Sanfilippo, ASID. They have been working together for over 15 years in the Chicago area.


 

 

 
 
 

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