MAD ABOUT HUE: Black, White and Rustic All Over

"There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles."      

-Van Morrison

As I wrap up my series on color psychology and its use in interiors, I end with my favorite combination - black and white. I've always appreciated the intense contrast between these two hues, and their ability to bring instant drama to a space. Lately, I've enjoyed this classic pair most when it's coupled with rustic elements. Salvaged wood, honed concrete and rough stone are examples of materials that help to tame these stirring colors, making them more approachable and unassuming.

The color black relates to the hidden, secretive and unknown. As a result, it creates an air of mystery. In color psychology it gives protection from external stress, creating a barrier between itself and the outside world; black provides comfort while protecting emotions and hiding vulnerabilities.

Opposite on the spectrum, white is color at its most complete and pure - the color of perfection. The meaning of white is purity, innocence and wholeness. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. White is totally reflective, awakening openness, growth and creativity. 

Black and white are in equal balance representing both the positive and negative. Black hides, while white brings to light. What black covers, white unveils. 

Perhaps it is because of the intense nature of these colors that I have enjoyed them most when they are rooted by earthy, rugged elements, creating a true sense of harmony and the best of all worlds. After all, life is not as simple as black and white.  

Be inspired...stay grounded. 

Uniquely yours, 

Kimberly 

 

 

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Images: 355 Mansfield Los Angeles, California , Amit Apel

Images: 355 Mansfield Los Angeles, California , Amit Apel