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Classic Color Combinations: The Sophisticated Elegance Of Red, Black And White

If you are looking for an exciting, vibrant yet classic color combination, look no further than the blend of black, red and white. The trio makes an energetic and visually captivating statement while adapting to the theme that you already have going around your house. Unlike the timeless duo of blue and white that we showcased last week, this is a color palette that draws your attention instantly and needs to be used with care and restraint. Balance and elegance are the keys to getting this glamorous color scheme spot on.

Beautiful and bright red accent wall draws your attention instantly

by Beth Whitlinger Interior Design

One of the fascinating things that you will notice as you browse through the many inspirations here is the way in which each color is used depending on the room that it adorns! While some rooms demand an overload of red, others look much more pleasant when white takes over. When decorating with red, black and white, different rooms of the house do require different strokes!

Ingenious bedroom in black and red with a wall mounted bike

by Meritage Homes

Kitchen island in black and red steals the show here

by Precision Cabinets

White combined with black and red to make the living room more pleasant

Glamorous NYC bathroom in red, black and white

Kitchen with white countertops, black shelves and a red kitchen island

by Andersen Miller Design

Red is one of the most popular kitchen backsplash colors

by Robert Granoff Photographers

Wooden ceiling gives the bedroom in black and red a warm, inviting appeal

by David Giral Photography

A Balance of Colors

The black and red combination is all about turning up the volume in your house and turning heads as well! But when it comes to using these two hues in the living room, one needs to be extra careful about not going overboard. Both black and red are visually strong colors, and when using them in the public spaces of your home, less is indeed more! This does not mean you have to excessively cut back. But letting white take over the backdrop is the best possible idea. Imagine the living room as a painting canvas, and the more clear it is, the more prominent black and red seem!

Bold black and red used in a whimsical fashion in the living room along with white

by California Home + Design

Black and red look a lot more trendy in living rooms when coupled with white

by Eva Quateman Interiors

Black and red used in a dramatic and bold fashion in the living room


An all-white backdrop ensures that even the slightest pops of black and red stand out with ease. Of course, you can even take the opposite approach and opt for a dazzling living space only in black and red as white takes a backseat. While this makes for a super-glam home, make sure that it is perfectly organized and the geometric symmetry of the room is spot on at all times. Otherwise, the entire room can seem dull and confined due to the overwhelming presence of these two dark shades.

Contemporary living room makes smart use of blank and red

by Christy Dillard Kratzer

Use artwork to usher in the black and red color theme

Eclectic living rooms allow you to use red in an extensive fashion

by Natural Balance Home Builders

Bringing in black and red using the decor

by Glancey Rockwell & Associates

Drapes are a wonderful way to bring in bold colors without overwhelming the room

by AMW Design Studio

Exciting and Audacious Bedrooms

The allure of going with black and red along with white in the bedroom is obvious. Combine this color palette with plush textiles and maybe a bit of fur, and you have a bedroom that is inspired by the golden era of Hollywood. Yet other contemporary themes also seem to do well with a dash of red and black, and this is especially true in case of kids’ bedrooms. Since red is such an exciting and passionate shade, it is best not to use it in an extensive fashion even in the bedroom. A few red throw pillows, maybe a red accent wall and some lampshades in black are an ideal way to enliven your bedroom without opting for major renovations.

Dazzling bedroom in black, red and white with Hollywood Regency style

by Arthouse Baku

Red accent wall in the bedroom looks classy and elegant

by Florense USA

Trendy bedroom uses black in a restrained fashion

by Eclipse Homes

A simple and controlled way to usher in red and black

by Rinaldi Interior Design

Accent pillows bring in a touch of red to this bedroom

by McCroskey Interiors

Eclectic boys' bedroom seems drenched in red and black!

Exciting contemporary bedroom in red, black and white

Sizzling Hot Kitchens

When using black and red in the kitchen, proper lighting becomes twice as important, and one needs the right balance between accent, ambient and focused illumination. Since dark red and black already seem ‘deep and heavy’ from a visual perspective, poor lighting can turn your kitchen into a dingy and dull space. To avoid this, combine natural light with a flood of artificial illumination by employing several layers of lighting. A kitchen is a space where you need a blend of aesthetic and functional lighting. So make sure you do not ignore either of these aspects before embracing black, red and white.

Sparkling contemporary kitchen in black and red

by Rysso Peters

Eclectic kitchen goes bold with just black and red

Glossy black and red cabinets are a favorite among contemporary homeowners

by Lee Hardcastle

Contemporary kitchens with glossy black countertops and glittering red cabinets are incredibly popular and seem to be the preferred choice in most urban homes. Red is also one of the most loved kitchen backsplash colors on the planet, and amazingly, both tof hese audacious shades seem to be right at home, even in small and narrow kitchens. Combining with white in an effortless manner, red and black is a color duo that seems custom-made for the trendy modern kitchen!

Small black, white and red kitchen idea

by Highland Design Gallery

Small kitchens can cut back on red and white and give greater prominence to white

by Brandon Barré Architectural Interior Photographer

Make the black and red color scheme work even in a tiny kitchen

LED strip lighting makes the kitchen even more aesthetic

Jill K. Greene, Sand Castle Kitchens & More, LLC

The Bombo bar stools, backsplash and pendants bring bright red to this kitchen

by The Kitchen Broker

Bathrooms with Panache!

Unlike the kitchen and the bedroom, contemporary bathrooms are not all that open to the idea of being painted red and black. Most of us seem to prefer “colors of aqua” and white for a relaxing and soothing bathroom, and this has meant that red, black and white rarely make their way into the spa-like bath. But that does not mean you can’t give this exciting color scheme a try this summer, and dashing porcelain tiles in red and black give you ample opportunity to try out a wide array of patterns and styles.

Black granite countertop and Italian porcelain tiles enliven this bathroom

Custom glass shower with bold red tiles stands out visually

by Menno Martin Contractor

For those who are less adventurous, the best way to give this color palette a try is by using bold red accents in the black and white bathroom. If you love the result, then you can commit to more permanent changes and maybe even give your glass shower area a revamped new look in red. After all, the combination of red, black and white is for those who dare to venture beyond the obvious and the mundane… Are you one of those?

Subtle black grout between the red tiles makes a big visual impact in this stunning spa-like bath

by Famosa- The Surface Studio

Non-glossy finishes of both red and black are ideal for eclectic spaces

A red vanity in the small bathroom becomes an instant focal point

by Catskill Farms

A glossy way to bring red and black together in the bath

A black backdrop lends sophistication to the bathroom

by CCI Renovations

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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