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Cheryll Gillepsie: A Black & White Girl

Cheryll Gillepsie: A Black & White Girl

Let’s Shop’s global jet setting Interior Designer Cheryll Gillespie has a confession; she loves Black & White.  And here’s why!

I’ve always been a black and white girl. I really Love, love, love this classic combination of ‘colors’. Therefore I am simply thrilled to see that black and white pieces are front and center in home fashion trends for spring 2013. From lighting fixtures to cabinetry, black and white comes home whether you are living in a traditional, transitional or contemporary space. Black and white always works.

It’s a ‘no brainer’ to stay on trend with the addition of a few accessory pieces such as some funky vases or graphic throw cushions in the fabulously elegant and timeless color combination of black and white. I fell in love with some black and white mix and match urns in stripes, polka dots, geometrics and solids that will look outstanding set on top of a fireplace mantel or above an armoire, grouped together in odd numbers. Add some floor art under the sofa or dining table in a brilliant black and white pattern or simply toss around some throw cushions. Get creative and replace a lamp or chandelier shades with pleated black and white shades or go the gusto and slip cover an ottoman or even the dining chairs in a black and white pinstripe for a more masculine feel.

Black and white, the two ‘non color colors’ work with virtually every and any color combination so no need to hesitate. I especially love the look of black, white and gold right now. Even small spaces such as bathrooms can use a black and white makeover. If you, like most of us, have white toilets, sinks and bathtubs consider painting the bathroom walls black. Hang some black and white patterned towels on the towel racks, place one of the fabulous polka doted urns on the counter with mix and matched soap and hand lotion and you’ve just created a ‘wow’ bathroom with huge impact. Moving on – if you are tired of your plain old white cabinets in the kitchen, then lets paint the walls black and replace the back splash with a great black and white patterned tile – maybe a harlequin diamond pattern or a fun black and white herringbone. Your white dishes will still work brilliantly so just add a few black and white patterned side plates and serving pieces to tie everything together. The everyday cabinets go glam with the addition of black so you may even want to replace the dining table or your hanging pendant light with a crystal chandelier with or without black and white shades.

Of course you know I love to use black and white photography and one big trend that is happening now is to replace prints with high gloss life sized black and white photography. Consider enlarging one of your own photos or look for a great piece in a gallery or your favorite designer haunt. On side tables and nightstands always go with black and white framed prints, which just look more glamourous and timeless.

A touch of this classic combination will bring a modern feel to any space. Fabulous!

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