Painting Black and White

Black, gray, and white are achromatic colors. As defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, achromatic colors are colors that “possess no hue.” In other words, they are colors without color! 

Black and white is the most polarizing color combination, yet this stark difference offers a classical elegance and refinery. This could be why most homes are staged with these simple colors when getting ready to sell. The simplicity also affords the most creative freedom with décor and bolder accent colors; for instance, a pop of fire-engine red or cadmium orange will offset the stark black-and-white contrast and catch the eye. 

Because of their versatility, a black-and-white combination is used primarily as the main color scheme—but do you know that this is also an effective accent color scheme? A bedroom with royal blue walls may feature a bed with a black headboard and a white comforter. A red dining room showcases white dishes set on a black tablecloth. Black-and-white pictures hung on walls of practically any color will look great. 

Black as Night 

Black is a master of disguise; it hides everything, even itself. Because it absorbs all visible light, it is easier on our eyes than white. However, we do not recommend painting the entire four walls of a room black without at least some white to offset it. Not only does it make a room seem closed in and dreary, it can also raise the temperature of a room because black absorbs heat. However, there are many ways in which you can use black as an accent color in a room. Simple black frames for light-colored or bright pictures create a tunneling effect that draws the eye to the picture. A black bookcase will highlight the colors of book covers and make reading more inviting. We love painting a black accent wall with a shelving unit to make your prized possessions stand out.  

White as Snow 

On the other hand, white is bright and revealing because it reflects all visible light. It is an incredibly popular wall color (perhaps the most popular) because it scatters both natural and artificial light and heat throughout a room, brightening it and providing a cooling effect. It also is versatile—almost all color schemes go well against a white background. It works beautifully on stucco or other textured walls because the shadows from the lumps and bumps will stand out more, providing it a topographical effect. Although white is commonly used as the main color in the scheme, there are ways which you can incorporate white as an accent color; for instance, crown moldings, doorframes, and baseboards are traditionally painted white. If you’re daring, a white couch will provide you with a nice contrast in a typically dark basement. Just be careful not to spill red wine on it! 

Black and white are polar opposites, yet they go well together in harmony. They are the most fundamental of colors which accounts for their versatility. You cannot go wrong with achromatic colors, so be bold and dare to dream in black and white! Call Ville Painters today at (717) 396-1176 for a color consulting session or a painting job!