I Love Lucy!

I Love Lucy!

Black and white is anything but boring
| October 16, 2015

Here at ModernLook, we are big fans of both the obscure and the vintage, so in honor of the obscure holiday of “I Love Lucy” Day, we’ve decided to pay homage to the classic sitcom by discussing the vintage glamour of black and white in your own home! Though the show wasn’t in color (save a few episodes), “I Love Lucy” has stood the test of time and is still running in syndicate on several major television networks, constantly serving as a reminder that black and white is anything but boring.

Play with shades and tints of colors to find one that works for you.

Get ready for painting once you've found the perfect hue for your walls.

B+W has always been classified as a “classic” aesthetic, but classic doesn’t have to be synonymous with formulaic. First, there’s the wall color, and yes, you do have more than just two color options. Black and white has various shades (i.e., ivory, off-white, grey, etc.) as well as varying degrees of matte and glossy. Wall color will make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the space. If said space is already limited, you may want to avoid black, especially if there aren’t any windows to open it up.

Add intrigue to your walls with a geometric and monochromatic wallpaper or painted pattern. From left to right: Frekvenssi, a classic wallpaper by Marimekko; Livettes’ Peel and Stick Honeycomb Removable Wallpaper is easy to install AND remove; get inspired by tiles: Lea Ceramiche’s tile is a great inspiration for your walls.

White walls may appear quite bleak, especially in a larger space, but certain enhancements (like textured borders, or a bit of shimmer in the paint) can really make it eye-catching. Of course, it doesn’t have to be either or; you can easily, and beautifully, opt for patterns that incorporate black and white.

In the Berlin Apartment by Helenio Barbetta, rich and grounding black wood floors are used. Marble floors add elegance and sophistication. White is pure and relaxing.

If you decide to leave your walls monochromatic, black and white floors, whether they be checkered, speckled, or the universally chic marbled, are always fantastic choices. Another option, for those who are more rustic at heart, is to have dark or black wood floors. For the ultra-luxe (and preferably childfree) thick, lush, white carpets are the only way to go! The 1930s art-deco style did not subscribe to the “Less is more” philosophy, with heavy, expensive fabrics like silk and velvet draping the walls, and upholstering the furniture, which either had Victorian leaf patterns, or varying black and white graphics in stunning array, making things anything but dull.

A pop of color gives personality to the monochromatic space.

Of course, a little bit of cheating is alright, and even encouraged! After all, Lucy did sport red lipstick daily, and her iconic red hair was a win for gingers around the world! Nothing breaks up a black and white room, while enhancing the elegance, like a few strategic pops of color, and as far as colors go, none are as befitting of vintage glamour as a classic fire-engine red. A few red throw pillows, painting frames, or (if you’re really bold) red drapes or rugs will take your space from “MTV’s Cribs” to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” in the blink of an eye! Art-deco style says to “Go big, or go home”, so add a chandelier, and then take a break from all of your hard work with some much-deserved red wine and caviar! You earned it; it’s not easy being this stylish! Can’t you hear the melodic tone of Desi belting “Lucy I’m home!”

"LUCY, I'm Home!"


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