Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration

My mom is visiting right now, and she loves interior design about as much as anyone I know. She has always been a firm believer in adding black to every room, and I tend to struggle with using the color beyond the occasional frame for a photo.

Here’s the sort of pop of black my mama would add…

A gorgeous shabby chic vignette with vintage mirrors massed over a country painted cabinet. The Beach Studios. Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote. #shabbychic #interiordesign #vintagestyle #whitecottage #mirrors #romanticdecor

Wynchelse – a coastal cabin with beautiful light in East Sussex (near Wynchelsea Beach & Rye). Available to lease for vacations or photo shoots via The Beach Studios & Locations. Interior Design/Photo: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote, authors of PALE AND INTERESTING: DECORATING WITH WHITE, PASTELS AND NEUTRALS FOR A WARM AND WELCOMING HOME. Shabby Chic White English Cottage Design Inspiration. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

I recall a conversation with Rachel Ashwell in which she remarked she could not live with black (“too austere”). Black and white with warm wood tones is such a popular design trio around the web.

How about you?

I’m crazy about everything interior designer Leanne Ford does – she’s always introducing these Bertoia wire  chairs into her projects, and they look so interesting with the rugged farmhouse furniture with which she pairs them.

Black and white kitchen with interior design by Leanne Ford and bohemian decor. Sputnik chandelier hangs over rustic farm table with wire Midcentury modern chairs. #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #bohemian #rusticdecor #modernfarmhouse #leanneford #restoredbythefords #midcenturymodern #minimal

Interior Design: Leanne Ford. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Aside…Oh, friends, I hope this finds you in better shape than my sorry and irritable self right now. Things are sooooo not black and white. It’s grey grey grey as I continue to live in liminality. I have a little bit of a sense of humor during the day, but after 8 p.m., watch out. Werewolf. I don’t eat after 5, which has helped the intensity of the pain in the evening, but the discomfort, irritability, and fatigue. Mercy. Still no diagnosis beyond ‘possible Crohn’s disease flare’ and another scan at the hospital tomorrow. If my Crohn’s disease is the culprit, I can deal, but I have never had a flare resembling this one. Many of you have been on a similar drawn out journey for a diagnosis. I know this because you send messages of hope and share your stories, and I’m so grateful. It helps to hear that this will pass.

In addition to black and white decor inspiration, you’ll find encouraging messages I hope you will share since we really do need each other to prop each other up when the road is long.

Inspiring scripture quote from Bible. Cling to what is good - Romans 12:9. #inspiring #scripture #romans #quote

CLING TO WHAT IS GOOD. Romans 12:9

Is This Not the Most Versatile ‘Go Anywhere’ Piece?

Martini Tray Table

Martini Tray Table: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Friendly Priced Bistro Set

Grassingt Bistro Set

3 Piece Black Bistro Set: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Grassingt Bistro Set

Black Bistro Set: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

French Bistro Table Crush

French Industrial White Marble Top Round Bistro Table ($960) ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring home, furniture, tables, dining tables, cast iron bistro table, cafe furniture, white marble dining table, white marble table and cafe table

French Industrial Bistro Table FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Black and White Prints

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:11 Art Print. #scripture #psalm16 #bible

Psalm 16:11 Art Print: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration. KEEP ME SAFE, MY GOD, FOR IN YOU I TAKE REFUGE. Psalm 16:1.

Psalm 16:11 Art Print: KEEP ME SAFE, MY GOD, FOR IN YOU i TAKE REFUGE. #scripture #psalm #biblequote

Keep Me Safe Art Print: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration. KEEP ME SAFE, MY GOD, FOR IN YOU I TAKE REFUGE. Psalm 16:1

Black and white tile is so chic! A few examples I love are here.

This Medina encaustic tile is one of my favorites of all time!

Medina 8" x 8" Cement Tile in Black and White

Black and White Cement Tile: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Black and white and minimal is so Scandinavian, yes?

Moroccan Pouf, Black and White - Accessories #leatherottoman #leatherpouf

Black Moroccan Pouf: FIND HERE. Beautiful  Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Care to add just a touch of black to your white kitchen?

Black With White Stripes Turkish Towel

Black with White Stripes Turkish Towel FIND HERE. Beautiful  Black and White Home Decor & Design Inspiration.

White Decor

All white decor in a chic kitchen with Saarinen style tulip table, sofa, and natural wicker pendant light. Erin Fetherston's gorgeous all white California farmhouse with its white on white scheme is an inspiring lesson in Cali boho farmhouse chic with a Midcentury Modern twist. #allwhite #saarinen #whitekitchen #midcentury #breakfastnook

Erin Fetherston. Photography: Lu Tapp, Laura Joliet, and Jenna Peffley.

Isn’t the warmth of natural rattan gorgeous with white?

The very first kitchen chairs I ever purchased for myself were Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs for my first apartment as a freshman in college. I was 18 and over the moon to find them at a garage sale.

Marcel Breuer Cesca Cane Side Chair - Bauhaus 2 Your House - 3

Marcel Breuer Cesca Cane Side Chair in Chrome and Natural: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

48" Round White Modern Saarinen style dining table #saarinen #tulip #diningtable

Modern Saarinen-style Round Dining Table: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

A Beautiful Sofa

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White Linen Sofa with Wood Base: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

So Perfect With Beachy Whites

Kouboo - Wicker Pod Pendant Light, Natural - Add a little natural light to your interiors with this pendant. Made entirely of wicker. #wicker #pendant #light

Natural Wicker Koubou Hanging Pendant Light: FIND HERE.

Classic Beach White Club Chair #clubchair #beachy #white

Classic Beach White Club Chair: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Mid-century Mod Whites

Modern Retro Eames Style White Dining Chair Set of 2 #Eames #modern #diningchair #retrochair

Modern Retro Eames Style White Dining Chair Set of 2: FIND HERE. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Julien Dining Table

27″ Tulip Style Table: FIND HERE.

New Zealand Sheepskin #sheepskin #newzealand

New Zealand Sheepskin: FIND HERE.

 Midcentury Modern White Leather Wassily Breuer Style Chair #wassily #breuer #modern #chair

Midcentury Modern White Leather Wassily Breuer Style Chair: FIND HERE.

White With Edgy Decor

Black and white chic decor in this bedroom design by Leanne Ford. Undone, effortless, boho chic with retro glam and minimal modern appeal. #blackandwhtie #rusticdecor #bohochic #bedroom

Interior Design: Leanne Ford. Beautiful Black and White Interior Design Inspiration.

Always a Classic With Black & White

Paris Leather Club Chair #leather #clubchair

Paris Leather Club Chair: FIND HERE.

For Fans of Modern

Set of 2 Modern White Aluminum Retro Saarinen Style Tulip Dining Chairs #saarinen #tulipchair #whitechair

Set of 2 Modern White Aluminum Retro Saarinen Style Tulip Arm Dining Chairs: FIND HERE.

Set of 4 Modern White Saarinen Style Tulip Dining Chairs #saarinen #modern #whitechair #tulipchair

Set of 4 Modern White Saarinen Style Tulip Dining Chairs: FIND HERE.

Burkey Wire Dining Chair

Wire Dining Chair: FIND HERE.

White With Black Base Butterfly Chair

Sharon Butterfly Lounge Chair #butterfly #chair

White Butterfly Lounge Chair: FIND HERE.

Black & White Stripes

Skyler Hand-Woven Cotton Black/White Area Rug #blackandwhite #rug #stripes

Black and White Stripe Area Rug: FIND HERE.

Um. I’m counting on it…

 Inspiring quote about grace: GRACE WILL TAKE YOU PLACES HUSTLING CAN'T. #quote #inspiration #grace #faith #christianity

GRACE WILL TAKE YOU PLACES HUSTLING CAN’T.

Wise Words & Encouragement

Inspiring quote by Walt Whitman. Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you. #waltwhitman #quote #sunshine #inspiring

KEEP YOUR FACE ALWAYS TOWARD THE SUNSHINE AND SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU. Walt Whitman.

Frank Lloyd Wright inspiring quote: You have to go whole heartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having. #quote #franklloydwright #flw #inspiration #lisacongdon

YOU HAVE TO GO WHOLE HEARTEDLY INTO ANYTHING IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING WORTH HAVING. Frank Lloyd Wright. Handlettering: Lisa Congdon.

Inspirational quote about grace: CHASE GRACE. #quote #inspiration #grace #faith

CHASE GRACE.

Black Pendant & Clock

White cottage kitchen withr rustic decor. The Beach Studios. Atlanta Bartlett.

Come tour this shabby chic cottage RIGHT HERE.  Interior Design: Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote – The Beach Studios.

Keep the Faith graphic quote image. 1 Timothy 6:12 KJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. #faith #quote

KEEP THE FAITH.

Inspiring quote by C.S. Lewis - You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream. #quote #inspiring #cslewis #dream

YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR TO DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. C.S. Lewis.

Lisa Congdon hand lettered wuote: kind words will unlock an iron door (Turkish Proverb). #quote #kindness #lisacongdon

KIND WORDS WILL UNLOCK AN IRON DOOR. Turkish Proverb. Handlettering: Lisa Congdon.

Black and white bedroom with rustic decor by Michael Del Piero.

Interior Design: Michael Del Piero. Tour more of her work in THIS STORY.

 Inspiring scripture quote about doors: KNOCK AND THE DOOR will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7. #quote #doors #scripture #matthew7

KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. Matthew 7:7.

Inspiring quote from Anais Nin: You live out the confusions until they become clear. #quote #anaisnin #encouragement #inspiration

YOU LIVE OUT THE CONFUSIONS UNTIL THEY BECOME CLEAR. Anais Nin. Handlettering: Lisa Congdon.

Inspiring quote. Don't dig up in doubt what you've planted in faith. Elizabeth Elliot. #inspirational #quote #faith #christianity

DON’T DIG UP IN DOUBT WHAT YOU’VE PLANTED IN FAITH. Elizabeth Elliot.

Dramatic black and white bathroom with console sink and gold accents.

Tour this home RIGHT HERE.

Inspiring quote: THEY TRIED TO BURY US THEY DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE SEEDS. #quote #seeds #inspirational #hope

THEY TRIED TO BURY US. THEY DIDN’T KNOW WE WERE SEEDS.

Inspiring quote: We won't be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose. Bob Goff. #quote #inspiration #bobgoff

WE WON’T BE DISTRACTED BY COMPARISON IF WE ARE CAPTIVATED WITH PURPOSE. Bob Goff.

Photo: Haven In.

Photo: Haven In. See this amazing Avignon property for rent.

Inspiring quote: Grace doesn't seem fair until you need some. -Bob Goff. #quote #inspiration #grace #bobgoff

GRACE DOESN’T SEEM FAIR UNTIL YOU NEED SOME. Bob Goff.

Inspiring quote about how everything belongs. Gloriousness & Wretchedness - Pema Chodron quote, type by Lisa Congdon. #inspiring #quote #pemachodron #lisacongdon

GLORIOUSNESS & WRETCHEDNESS NEED EACH OTHER. ONE INSPIRES US, THE OTHER SOFTENS US. Pema Chodron. Handlettering: Lisa Congdon.

Inspiring quote about the soul: It is well with my soul even when it is not well with my circumstances encouragement quotes, christian quotes, women, Scripture quotes, positive quotes, Scriptures for strength, Bible verses, truth, faith, Christian hymns, hymn quotes, hymn lyrics, words of encouragement, courage quotes. #quote #peace #soul

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT WELL WITH MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Peace to you right where you are.

michele

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16 Comments

  1. Beth H
    September 19, 2018 / 7:35 am

    I hope you are feeling much better soon and get some answers! Just curious-has pancreatitis been ruled out? The symptoms are so similar to the ones that you describe. Best of luck!

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:48 pm

      Pancreatitis was definitely on the list and of great concern, but they don’t think it’s that. Pretty sure we’re looking at Crohn’s flare or gallbladder disease (haven’t yet found stones). Hope to learn more tomorrow! Thank you so much – it’s so kind of you to offer help.

  2. Kyle Russell
    September 19, 2018 / 8:18 am

    I found two Marcel Breuer chairs on the curb of a neighbor’s house recently. After seeing them sit out in the rain for several days I finally grabbed them and have covered the seat in an animal print fabric. I don’t see any on the internet that have the leather woven back that mine have. Thank you for your post on this as I now have a name for them!

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      OMG. What a fabulous curbside find! Animal print is fabulous on these! Thanks for adding to the beauty here – love it!

  3. September 19, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Hi Michele,
    I’m with your Mon, I love some black in a room! I’m so sorry that you’re in such pain. What a wicked disease Crohns is. You’re on my daily prayer list, my friend 🙏

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you, friend. I covet your prayers. xox

  4. Joanna
    September 19, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Oh, I do hope they find the cause of your pain soon. It saddens me to think of you suffering so.
    Blessings ~ Joanna

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      What a month it has been! I hope to get more news tomorrow and to receive more guidance for treatment. I have been so humbled by this illness – my compassion is heightened right now for those in pain, for those suffering, for folks who must be on powerful meds, and for folks who self medicate because they have so few options (or no insurance!) and such great hurts. How can I not already be thankful for what this illness has awakened in my spirit? I’m ready for it to end, but I recognize in my depravity that I am being shaped into something different. Peace to you.

  5. Joanna
    September 19, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    I’ve read again and again that every room should have some black but like you, I don’t feel it fits with my aesthetic. Besides, design rules are just guidelines. Our homes are personal space and we each put our stamp on it. If we all liked the same thing, how boring would our world be.
    I have the most darling little French bistro set on my back porch and yes, it is black. I’ve had friends borrow it for a set on an auction night for Hospice and for a theme party. Outside is where I have my black accents/furniture. It just seems to fit the surroundings.

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:39 pm

      Yes! And I let the house tell me what it wants. Minimal black is what I hear whispered. But outdoors? I love the idea of a black bistro set – such a pretty silhouette outdoors contrasting with all the greenery.

  6. Karen H.
    September 19, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    I love touches of black in a room. And black and white stripes. Im drooling over the white butterfly lounge chair! I had a set of Breuer dining room chairs too! Beautiful and classic. Oh Michele, you can certainly grumble, complain and be crabby. I’m praying this stomach flare-up ends now! Xo

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      THANK YOU so much. I feel so much shame about the irritability – my folks are visiting and I can’t stand being this unpleasant with them and my family. I know I need to keep forgiving myself. I’m ready for the healing and can’t wait for brighter days! xox

  7. Kristin Dimmich
    September 19, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Dear Michele,

    I so feel your agony of chronic health questions and where our faith plays in. A year and a half ago I suffered with chronic nausea with no diagnosis. I was so miserable and GRUMPY! How my heart cried out to the Lord. I finally met an incredible doctor at the Cleveland Clinic that was able to diagnose and medicate me. Another doctor recommended an alternative med to take care of my symptom of nausea. I am so thankful everyday that I am no longer housebound and living my life. I am praying you find the same relief. Hugs to you today!

    Kristin

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Oh, Kristin, thanks so much for the support and for joining me. I hope your symptoms have subsided as I know this irritability so well these days. Leaning into Grace daily. I am hoping to learn more tomorrow from my scan today. I’m very grateful that through all of this, my appetite is strong – I consider this to be a great blessing my whole life long – even during Crohn’s flare-ups, I was able to sometimes avoid hospitalizations because I kept eating and kept feeling ravenous. I have conserved my energy, eaten small amounts, and not lost weight in the last week which is a small miracle. Thank you for the hugs and comfort.

  8. Karen H.
    September 19, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I do love some touches of black in rooms. Also black and white stripes! I’m drooling over the white butterfly lounge chair! Michele, I also had Breuer chairs many years ago. Classic design that will not go out of style. I’m sure hoping you are feeling better soon…never give up on prayer! Sending virtual hugs. Xo

    • michele
      Author
      September 19, 2018 / 9:29 pm

      I won’t give up. How I would love to own another set of those Breuer chairs! Thx for the hugs, friend. Peace to you.

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