When we hear the word “neutral” most of us tend to think about solid colors — usually white or some variation of beige. Jenn here, happy to share with you my latest discovery: most black and white prints can serve as neutrals, too! Lately I’ve been pairing my favorite black and white striped tee with everything from bright red flats to a pleated mustard skirt. And there’s something about those softer shades of black and white that really just seem right to me for October. Like the colors of an old newspaper, or maybe even an Alfred Hitchock creation, faded salt and pepper hues are both classic and modern at once. Lately I’m craving a set of these black Ted Muehling candlesticks with slender white taper candles for my dining room table. And I’ve even been thinking about a zebra rug for my bedroom! Do you use black and white prints in your home decor? Let us know in the comments!

{row 1: found via amanda jane jones pinterest board, via bleubird vintage, found via gahetNA National Archives}{row 2: alfred hitchcock photographed by otto ludwig bettman}{row 3: aurore de la morinerie, tetsuo aoki, ellsworth kelly, found via henrik.lou} {row 4: source unknown, oscar de la renta, simon walker} {row 5: eiffel tower, source unknown} {row 6: rifle paper company, fan ho via modernbook gallery, carolina herrera via neiman marcus, heidi merrick}

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | October 22, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Great inspiration here! Love that beach photo!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks so much, Desiree! I found the beach photo on the gahetNA National Gallery website, discovered via Miss Moss (http://www.missmoss.co.za/). They have an amazing collection of photography!

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    Leigh | October 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Oh I love this board! Black and white is so classic! And that striped dress is one of my favorites on my pin boards!

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    Rowaida Flayhan | October 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful inspiration board. Happy Monday and a great week to you all

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much, Rowaida!

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    classiq | October 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Fabulous inspiration board! Isn’t it amazing how black and white is more expressive than any bright colour?

    • Jennifer Rose Smith | October 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Yes! Someone once told me that color is the element that dates design and products more than anything else. I’ve really started to appreciate the timeless quality of black and white.

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    Kacie | October 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    That Audrey Mask is insane!!!!!!! I need it!


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