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Minimalist white interiors embrace the dark side.
You likely already know Scandinavian-style design: a white-on-white colour palette paired with pale maple and matte-finished bleached oak—it’s a clean look that emerged hand in hand with the small-space movement, and it’s going to be sticking around for several more years. But in 2016, Scandi-style flirts with the dark side. In Edgy Scandinavian, black emerges as a counterpoint to that bright white palette and, notes designer Stephanie Brown, “we’ll see it paired with higher-contrast materials of varying textures, such as high-gloss white and matte-black ebonized wood.”
In this space by Victoria designer Jenny Martin, black beams, cabinets and accessories draw the eye and inject an element of urban edge and sophistication.
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Ebony and Ivory Keep your bright white palettes, but juxtapose them with blackest black. Here: Benjamin Moore’s Black Ink and 2016 Colour of the Year, Simply White.
“We’re minimizing excess in homes in a different way than we’ve seen in the past—think bare minimum, high-gloss and cold! Now it’s about creating a streamlined interior architecture so that more unique and personal decor can be featured.” —Megan Baker, The Cross Decor and Design