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The temptation to overindulge in various colours is palpable when imagining a great design or décor for your room, whether at home or in the office. Naturally, there are so many options to pick from and sometimes making a pick becomes even more puzzling with the boatload of preferences. Everyone is seeking unique sophistication and the perfect flow of objects and colour in the room, like music. Too loud a colour may just spoil the sound and too dull a colour is too low for the play. However, a moment from all the melange of red and blue, green, yellow, brown grey or the 10 million colours visible to the human eye may reveal the two great equalizers to be just the required magic; black and white.

So what’s special about using good old simple black and white?

A lot of things (read everything). Every designer knows the value of black and white and most design and interior décor professionals use the two colours timelessly as the benchmarks from which they proceed to evaluate the fit of other colours. From time past, the bold elegance and the cool essence of black and white, is matchless. Put simply, using black and white is like getting the water from the fountain source.

Secondly, colour combinations are great but they are overrated. A designer has to pay attention about what is a primary, secondary and a tertiary colour in a complex balancing act where things may still go wrong because preferences are dynamic. This is why minimalist ideas, natural, profound and easily relatable, are gaining ground. With black and white, you can thrive best with your minimalist intentions. You don’t have to worry about anything special in the design because black and white, if well used, carries an irreplaceable sense of special in the room. Black and white gives just two extremes to soak in, relax and get things done. Nothing complex to sap your energy away.

Third, black and white is one the most excellent colour combinations ever known. The contrast, the clarity, the stylish poise and the distinctive transition between the two is timeless. Most people use black or white in combination with another colour to highlight certain objects in the room. In other words black and white can act as the lenses though which your guests or clients see your vision.

Finally, black and white can still be used together with other colours if you wish to indulge a little more savoir faire. The trick is not to involve truckloads of colours but a thing or two in different parts of the room. In all, you may find that nothing beats a flawless alteration of black and white. Even if you love piles of colours, you may yet instinctively fall back to black and white.