Interior Design's Little Black Dress

December 07, 2017  •  1 Comment

Black and White Photography: The Versatile Little Black Dress For Any Interior

Shadow of a trellis and grapesGarden Tattoo, 2016Shadow of a trellis and grapes

 

Ever since its introduction by Coco Chanel in the 1920's the "Little Black Dress" has been considered an essential element of a woman's wardrobe. The popularity and fashionability of the little black dress lie in its versatility: it can be worn as a cocktail dress, as formal business attire, or dressed up for a festive occasion.

 

black and white picture of a large white house in Cuenca, SpainWhite House Cuenca, 2007black and white picture of a large white house in Cuenca, Spain

 

In a similar fashion (pun intended) Black and White photography can be considered the versatile Little Black Dress that fits any interior and works in all designs. It is the traditional format of photographic expression: we are used to it, it feels natural, and like the Little Black Dress it never goes out of style.

 

black and white picture of a dead tree in a lake in Asturias, SpainAsturian Lake with Dead Tree, 2007black and white picture of a dead tree in a lake in Asturias, Spain

 

Several design considerations are important when selecting images to match and complement an interior:

- Subject matter of the image (does it match the overall style of the room);

- Format (e.g. square, panoramic, landscape or portrait orientation);

- Size;

- Matting and Framing;

- Color or Black and White.

 

black and white picture of a bench in Central Park, New YorkA Bench In The Park, 2012black and white picture of a bench in Central Park, New York

 

While color as I explained in a previous post can have an important role within an image, a Black and White image transforms a scene to its most abstract format: Black and White creates a focus on shape, form, texture, lines, and patterns. It has a magical quality that you can’t quite put your finger on. Or with the words of photographer Anders Petersen: "in black and white there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any color so you can use your experience, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white."


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Within a Black and White image, there is no distraction from the photograph's subject matter. And, equally important when creating a design for a specific room, a Black and White image does not distract from other interior design elements. Similar to a Little Black Dress being one of the best ways to showcase fabulous jewelry, Black and White photography provides one of the best ways to showcase your interior: it doesn't overwhelm, it doesn't disturb the room's color scheme, and it actually makes accent colors in the room look more impressive. And it provides dramatic contrast in a room in which the colorfulness of the interior needs to be center stage.

 

black and white picture of an antique sreet light somewhere in SpainAntique Street Light, 2007black and white picture of an antique sreet light somewhere in Spain

Do you have a Little Black Dress to enhance your interior?

 

 


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Tanja(non-registered)
My interior ìs a little black dress
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