Paint it Black and White

Black and white interiors make a dramatic and bold statement.

They are the most basic colors on the chromatic scale as they are neutral and they work with any other tone, material or fabric. Yet combined together, they create a well-balanced and powerful environment. Monochrome brings contrast, and add depth and elegance.

Use a combination of black and white tiles to create a timeless and chic bathroom. Mix metal furniture with white fabrics and upholstery to add an industrial yet warm athmosphere to a living room. Add black sanitary ware to give a contemporary feeling to a bathroom and make it contrast with the white subway backsplash.

For our Ideal Home showhouse, we used black and white to design a quirky yet sophisticated kitchen using black timber and white subway tiles to frame it. We also used monochromes for the bathroom for a timeless interior.

Check our new black and white pinterest board and be inspired.


The colour black relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, as a result it creates an air of mystery. Black keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world. In colour psychology this colour gives protection from external emotional stress. It creates a barrier between itself and the outside world, providing comfort. Black is the absorption of all colour and the absence of light. In colour psychology, black means power and control and it radiates authority, but creates fear in the process. Black implies self-control and discipline, independence and a strong will, giving an impression of authority and power. The colour black is often seen as a colour of sophistication, as used in ‘the little black dress’, or ‘the black tie event’.


Our favourite Black DULUX range:


Dulux 00NN07/000, Dulux 00NN05/000, Dulux 00NN13/000


Too much black can cause depression and create a negative environment. Combined with white only, it can create an argumentative monochrome atmosphere. It is best to use other colours with black to lighten and brighten it up and therefore we would recommend using black on furniture details, accessories or furniture fittings. Black as a wall colour works when used as a blackboard in kitchens or in children’s rooms or when you are aiming for a moody and dark design, we would recommend using Dulux 00NN13/000 as it is a slightly lighter shade of Black. In general, use hints of black to create more formal, dignified and sophisticated atmosphere. Use black and white tiling to add classic pattern into your interior.