{using the color of contrast}

Decorating with Black and White

Color is such an important part of design that we sometimes forget the power of simple contrasts. Black and white is a classic design theme that refuses to go away, even in a world dominated by a full spectrum of color choices.

The simplicity of black and white belies its complexity. Without multiple hues to choose, shape and texture become more important. Patterns, silhouettes, and interplay rise to the forefront when decorating with black and white.

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{celebrity homes}

The Oscars are almost here! On Sunday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the year’s best in film at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Stars will line the red carpet in designer gowns and million dollar jewels, expressing their unique style and chic sense of fashion.

From New York to Los Angeles, celebrities also communicate their approach to style and fashion in their homes. Lavish abodes of the stars on both the East Coast and the West Coast incorporate luxury, elegance, and flair.

In East Hampton, New York, director and two-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg calls this $25 million estate home. The house features a state of the art film studio, stables, and a guesthouse.

The East Hampton home of director Steven Spielberg.

In New York City, actress and four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore’s modern West Village loft provides exquisite living quarters. The living room’s neutral color palette, combined with big windows that provide plenty of light and views of the nearby Hudson River, offer peace and tranquility.

Julianne Moore's New York City living room.

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, unwind in their weekend residence in Bridgehampton, New York, with kids James, Tabitha, and Loretta. The 19th-century farmhouse, just blocks from the beach, is decorated throughout much like this master bedroom – with bright colors and a relaxed feel.

The bedroom of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's weekend retreat.

Friends star Jennifer Aniston has made a seamless transition from small screen to big screen. Her New York duplex in the heart of the West Village boasts three grand terraces, herringbone floors, fireplaces, and a staircase straight out of a grand Hollywood mansion. The master bath, shown below, is encased in glass, from shower doors to the intricate tile floor.

One of the bathrooms in Jennifer Aniston's New York City abode.

Moving across the country to Los Angeles, take a peek inside the mansion of actress Demi Moore and husband/fellow actor Ashton Kutcher. The couple’s dwelling features ultramodern architecture that effortlessly blends indoor and outdoor elements. A look at their dining room illustrates the modern classic interior and open floor plan.

Demi Moore's L.A. dining room combines outside and inside.

Finally, no Hollywood home would be complete without lavish amenities. The home of actor Nicholas Cage, a 1995 Best Actor Oscar winner, does not disappoint. Dean Martin’s former estate, the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom Bel-Air estate manor includes a theater room, a pool, and lush grounds with gardens and manicured shrubbery.

Nicholas Cage's California estate includes a lavish theater room.

Enjoy Sunday’s Academy Awards knowing what your favorite celebrities will be going home to after the ceremony!

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