This Classic Color Combination Never Goes Out of Style: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee and Farrow & Ball Black Blue

From marble checkerboard floors in a grand entry to a traditional white house with black shutters, there’s no color combination that’s more classic than black and white. White paint has the uncanny ability to freshen the look of anything—tired exteriors, dingy interiors, or old furniture – while a dash of black paint gives anything a bit of graphic edge. You can also flip the traditional recipe and use mostly black to modernize an exterior, cozy up an interior room, or transform a tired antique, but keep the pop of white to add some lightness and contrast. The graphic combo can be high contrast with a stark white and a deep black or you can soften the color contradictions with creamy whites and dark graphite or navy. Changing up the finish of the paints also makes a huge difference. Going for a glamorous look? Try high gloss finishes (they also last longer). Striving for something softer and more organic? Opt for matte finishes. Here are three of our favorite black and white paint color combinations: