Why We’re Putting These Three Gorgeous Neutrals in Our Own Homes

You can't go wrong with brown, black and white.

May 20, 2021
Brown, black and white—so often cast in supporting roles—can be evocative and even sublime when they are the stars of a scheme. We’ve collected sumptuous visual proof that when it comes to this handsome trio, less really is more.
Fashion designer Michael Berkowitz infused a run-of-the-mill New York City apartment with style by painting one wall a striking cobalt and filling it with a collection of mid-century furniture, cognac cowhide and leather, graphic textiles and a screen painted by Antonio Lopez from 1965.Simon Upton
High-gloss black cabinets and exposed raw-plywood walls set the disarmingly chic tone in the beachside getaway of Roman and Williams’s Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch.Nicole Franzen
Stark white walls, warm brown parquet floors and ebony lacquered doors create a framework for glamorous touches in a dining area by Melanie Turner. Chairs in The Wave cut velvet by Miles Redd for Schumacher.Mali Azima
Angular (1935), an oil painting by Josef Albers.© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2020