Book Review: Black and White (and a Bit in Between) by Celerie Kemble

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Are you considering decorating a room in your home with a stylish black and white theme? Not too sure the best way to go about designing the interior however? The book “Black and White (and a Bit in Between) by renowned Interior Designer Celerie Kemble is definitely going to be reading material that will fascinate your curiosity and help you to be inspired in composing a décor arrangement that will fit your personality and your room’s general layout and character.

We might at first consider a black and white décor scheme to be bland, cold, boring and rather depressing. If done incorrectly, this is precisely what the result will be. Thankfully, under Celerie Kemble’s guidance throughout this 256 page book, you’ll be introduced to the world of successful black and white décor as done by Interior Designers worldwide. You’ll see, via a multitude of exciting photographs from well-known people’s homes, just how this combination of light and dark can be rendered so as to produce some outstanding looking interiors ranging from bedrooms and bathrooms to living rooms and kitchens.

If you know famous decorating names such as Bunny Williams, Thomas O’Brien, Mary McDonald, Victoria Hagan, Mark Hampton, Delphine Krakoff, Brad Ford and Philip Gorrivan, to name but a few, then you will be intrigued to see their black and white design schemes presented within this book. Over 350 photos of interior spaces are presented throughout the book’s pages together with Kemble’s witty observations and expert advice on how to choose the best paints, accessories, patterns and putting it all together to form a coherent and visual exciting interior theme.

There are so many things in nature and the world around us that combine black and white to some degree or another that inspiration is not actually that difficult to come across if we keep our eyes open. You’ve no doubt thought how beautiful a zebra is or a black and white cat. The contrast between a snow covered fields with the black silhouettes of leafless trees in the background has often taken my breath away with the intricate and emotional beauty. Then there are the old black and white movies of yesteryear that we all still enjoy as well as old photographs in the attic of our ancestors from a century ago. All of these elements can provide some decorative inspiration for a modern interior design scheme and this is precisely what Kemble offers, plus much, much more.

Of course, a black and white themed room doesn’t have to be entirely colorless. Small colourful accents can really complete an interior of this type and again, ideas and suggestions for these are also included within the book.

Buy the book here: Black and White (and a Bit in Between) by Celerie Kemble

Hardcover: 256 pages.

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