*Create a Black and White Gallery Wall
The key to a successful black-and-white wall is mixing pieces that are primarily black with others that are mostly white. Throwing in a few wood frames keeps the combo from looking too stark. Hang the lowest row first with the frames lined up at the bottom, then build up from there.
*Organize Countertop Accessories in Groups of Three
No need to put everything away—make countertop workhorses look stylish with a simple 1,2,3 formula. Try combining kitchenware that sets a mood. A mix of red gingham, rattan and bright accessories gives off a fun, picnic-in-the-kitchen vibe.
*Mix and Match Bathroom Fixture Metals
People get hung up on metal finishes needing to match. A blue vanity and white marble countertop are a neutral canvas for bronze faucets, brass cabinet knobs/pulls and brass sconces.
*Turn Chalkboard Paper into Fun Placemats
Looking to add some excitement to a holiday table setting? Bring in unexpected elements, like chalkboard paper (available at crafts stores) as a place mat, topped with a buffalo-check plate and rose gold flatware. Write guests’ names with a chalk pencil: “It’s easier to use than regular chalk.”
*Add Black to Your Dining Room
Using black in interior design can be daunting (especially in an inviting space like a dining room), but the tried-and-true black-and-white combination actually works in any room! Teaming up black-and-white with wood tones and a multicolor rug makes a dining space feel homey.
*Install Wall Tile Vertically
Walls of black subway tile may seem like a dubious choice for a small area, but the vertical placement draws the eye up while the glazed ceramic reflects light.
*Paint Cabinets Two Different Colors
Pick a navy for the lower cabinets and white for the uppers. You’ll love the results!