Black and White in Design
Color is very often considered the most important aspect of interior design; standing head and shoulders above design, scale, use, materials etc.
But just like a black and white film, the absence of color can create a dream like quality. This allows the voyeur to fill in colors from one's own mind. I once took a few still life painting classes. The most difficult class was an "extra credit" exercise in which the teacher put on a table a draping of white sheets and white vases and cups. We were to paint what we saw using NO white. It is amazing what comes of that - in fact, very vivid colors.
Note the many film noir greats through the decades - right up to the present period: The Maltese Falcon (1944), Casablanca (1942) and China Town (Roman Polanski, 1974).
Thus for us, these black/white rugs and kitchen towels can achieve the "architectural" look that is very forward.