HIGH POINT, N.C. – Design could be as simple as black and white this year. In a home, the look is dramatic, daring and timeless. Interior designer Dorothy Draper was known for her use of black and white as far back as the 1930s.
"The black-and-white combo has always stood the test of time, no matter the decade or design style," said designer Tobi Fairley.
She has teamed with C.R. Laine on an upholstery collection and with Woodbridge for case goods. Fairley's Elle coffee table and Eva sofa match up perfectly.
"You can't really call it a trend. It is a timeless partnership," she said.
At the Fall Furniture Market, designers revealed their favorite takes on the classic combination.
Designer Celerie Kemble showed off her love of simple black and white at Henredon. From her four-poster canopy bed upholstered in contrasting stripes to a living room with black lacquered display cases to a three-cushion sofa upholstered in white with black piping, she demonstrated the high level of sophistication it invokes.
Epicenters' Austin Collection used the opposites on the Leander dresser and Round Rock martini table, while designer Kelly Wearstler added black balls to her white Pop chest manufactured by E.J. Victor. Wearstler also created the Ives console from ebonized oak and white venatino stone and steel for a sturdy contemporary look.
Furniture and accessory manufacturer Maitland-Smith did a quirky black-faced polar bear stool with white faux fur.
"Black and white is a sophisticated and timeless color combination," said Nathan Copeland, president of Highland House Furniture.
Highland House's Beaufort center hall table is topped in white with black beneath. "These two contrasting colors make a bold statement," Copeland said.
Some designers punch up the combo with accent colors such as red, yellow, bright green and orange.
"I love black and white on their own or combined with a big pop of color like green or gold," said Fairley.
"The color black helps to ground a room, giving it a focal point, while the color white provides a sense of freshness," Copeland said.