Black, White, and Wood

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Image: Anna Rifle Bond

I just moved into a new house that happens to be a very old house. It’s a Victorian from 1891, and there are miles of unpainted wood trim inside. Normally, I prefer the look of painted trim. Clean, classic white always looks good, but dark trim (especially with dark walls) appeals to me too. Still, I’m determined to have a go at decorating with the wood trim as it is, and I’ve been inspired lately by interiors with a heavy dose of black, white, and wood.

Neutral Palettes

Neutral Palette House
Image: Apartment Therapy

I love color and don’t think I would be happy in a house completely devoid of it, but a toned down, neutral palette is beautiful. It doesn’t matter if the wood is in the moldings or not, as it is in my house. I’m still inspired by the combination.

I experimented with moving this direction a few months ago, and I loved the look in my last kitchen.

Black and White Kitchen
Image: Making it Lovely

Wood as an Accent

Black White Wood House
Image: Design*Sponge

A little bit of natural wood plays such an important role in keeping a room from falling flat. Paint everything, and you lose out of depth. In rooms like the one above, that little bit of wood from the furniture makes everything else sing.

Could you commit a whole house to such a limited color palette? Or even a single room?

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Designer Nicole Balch transforms the so-so into the lovely. As she begins decorating her new home, a Victorian painted lady, she invites readers of her blog, Making it Lovely to follow along, offer advice, and gain inspiration from her creative process. Making it Lovely was named one of the 50 World’s Best Design Blogs by the London Times Online, and Nicole’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Time Out Chicago, ReadyMade, Everyday with Rachael Ray, CS Interiors, and other publications.