Black and white are versatile and basic colours to use when decorating the home. So versatile, in fact, that you can use just these two colours and nothing else! Here are some examples.

Different shades of black, as well as a variety of textures and materials, were used for the headboard, cushions and table. This prevents the room from looking "flat". See more of this home here. (design: Design Intervention

More white than black here (we spot black trimmings and photographs), but the contrast is softened with a touch of grey. See more of this place here. (image: Rue Lincoln) 

A printed headboard in black and white adds an artistic flair in the otherwise simple room. The dark floors also help keep to the monochrome theme. (image: Beckers Hotel and Restaurant)

Easiest way to go for the black-and-white look, is with a black wall. The printed soft furnishings and upholstered furniture help soften the look. (image: Crosby Street Hotel)

The formula for an edgy room – black curtains and flooring, and a stunning intricate mural. (image: Mainport)

You may keep most of the room white, and choose black for black architectural details, such as door panels and frames. (image: The Serras)