Lots of people are put off using black and white because it can look harsh and stark. However used carefully as an accent in a mainly neutral palette it can be a stunning decorating choice. Above and below are 2 different boards using essentially the same 2 colours but different tones of them. Th board above uses a scandi grey white as the neutral backdrop, and below uses a more creamy tone for the neutral backdrop, and a very different (but both beautiful) look is achieved.
well moving back from sophistication to teenagers , below are some ideas for 'boy - i -fying' your lovely sophisticated charcoal and natural room! a black and white collage or a black and white photo print wallpaper are two decorating solutions which offer impact as well as style
a chalk board wall is cool idea for a teen feature wall.
my ideas for my customer were to paint her walls her chosen neutral, then go for natural linen curtains edged with a border of charcoal stars or scarlet if she decides on a hint of accent colour. then a roman blind in charcoal star fabric. i would go for white bedding and some of my favourite skinny oblong cushions in 2 different sizes of charcoal and scarlet stars.
for a smarter tailored look she could go for a battered vintage linen with 2 stripes of velvet ribbon in french grey and charcoal stitched down the leading edge and a charcoal star roman blind , introducing no accent colour at all,
images from tinek, pottery barn, atlanta barlett easy elegance, snippet and ink, martha stewart
all fabrics available from sarah hardaker ltd (inc photoblinds and wallpapers)