Richly hued cushions and a pair of curvy candlesticks add a feminine touch to the masculine lines and monochromatic palette of the living room.

When you think of all the colours you can use in a home, why limit yourself to only two? But two is enough when it can create interiors as stunning as those seen in this condominium unit. The interior designers at Design Intervention used just black and white in this home, and here’s how they made the classic combination a contemporary winner. 

Keeping the background clean, white, and uncluttered makes the black design features such as the grid on the ceiling, and furnishings such as the charcoal sofa, stand out even more. Lots of sunlight helps in keeping the tone of the room light, and not heavy. 

This kitchen doesn’t follow the traditional linear or triangular workflow, but it’s still user-friendly due to the spacious island worktop and super-convenient pantry.

This kitchen doesn’t follow the traditional linear or triangular workflow, but it’s still user-friendly due to the spacious island worktop and super-convenient pantry.

The streamlined design of the built-in structures creates a sense of order and calmness in the space.

A protruding floor beam between the dining room and a smaller space that had been hacked open became the base for the bar, which Andrea built using ventilation blocks.

A protruding floor beam between the dining room and a smaller space that had been hacked open became the base for the bar, which Andrea built using ventilation blocks.

Simple black-and-white patterns, such as on the striped rug, and the zebra-skin stripes on the chair, help add visual interest to the space. The grey concrete ventilation blocks and metal stools tie-in with the monochrome theme while adding texture to the space. 

To balance the drama and darkness of the black walls, homeowner, Andrea, used a door with glass portions for the study.

To balance the drama and darkness of the black walls, homeowner, Andrea, used a door with glass portions for the study.

The colour scheming can be reversed too, with the walls of this hallway painted black, and white used as an accent around the doorway. Glass panels help lighten the look of the black door to the study.

Sliding doors that open flush with the wall give the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom an open-concept feel.

Sliding doors that open flush with the wall give the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom an open-concept feel.

The owner preferred to have white as the base colour for the master bedroom, and confine the use of black to the adjoining bathroom.

Missoni Home cushions add some colour to the black-and-white scheme of one of the guest bedrooms.

Without the patterned lampshade, the Missoni cushion adding a splash of colour to the space, and the textured bedlinen, this guest bedroom would look flat and boring.

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This article was first published on Home and Decor in April 2015.