We often talk about how to embrace colour, but there’s also something to be said about living in black and white. Take these six designer looks, for example. They demonstrate that a neutral palette can be bold and beautiful—whether applied in the entryway, the kitchen, the bedroom or elsewhere.

Photo: Phil Crozier

Entryway

The rest of this Calgary home is bright and colourful—but you’d never know it from looking at the entryway. Here, black walls, white porcelain flooring and a sculptural staircase (complete with a recessed LED strip in the railing) make a big first impression. See more of this Paul Lavoie and Julie Lancot-designed home.

Photo: Ema Peter

Living Room

Andrea Rodman took inspiration from both Scandinavian and Japanese design to create this family home. The gorgeous black and white colour palette, large stone fireplace and narrow window give the living room a “very neutral, zen and earthy” feel. Tour this serene space.

North Vancouver kitchen, renovated by Erica Colpitts
Photo: Ema Peter

Kitchen

Black and white kitchens can sometimes feel cold and uninviting, but not this one! Designer Erica Colpitts added layers and layers of rich texture with a Calacatta Oro marble countertop, black millwork and a mix of metals (burnished brass, stainless steel and matte black). Get more kitchen design tips.

Photo: Michelle Johnson

Dining Room

The mullions on this home’s very large (and very glorious!) windows were painted black to add definition, and to match the cabinetry and furniture—including the table, chairs, mid-century style light fixture and candlesticks that decorate the dining room. Step inside this Aly Velji-designed Calgary home.

aysh design bedroom
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Bedroom

This bedroom designed by Ayshea Mojadidi proves that a black-and-white look can be brought together with just a few pieces. A collection of black throw pillows, a couple black nightstands and a simple black light fixture add just the right amount of contrast to this stark white room. Explore the rest of this 4,000-square-foot home.

Photo: Michelle Johnson

Bathroom

Designers Katie Rioux and Candice Arcuri of DWK Interiors prevented this black-on-black-on-black bathroom from feeling like a black hole. How? By incorporating subtle texture (the walls are lined with a mix of black tiles) and an egg-like ivory tub that pops. Find out how to get this look at home.