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As part of our color series, we’re talking about giving the holiday season a fresh, new look by using unexpected colors. Black and white is one of the most modern yet classic color combinations around. Here are some ideas on how to have a black and white Christmas — and the home accents in stores now that can make it happen.

Paint clear Christmas balls in black and white and favorite sayings to them. Image: Craftgawker

Cool and contemporary in black, white (and grey)

A monochromatic living room features bright white, cool greys and black to add contrast. Image: The Every Girl

Black and white Christmas wall decor

When space is an issue, consider adding a wall gallery of holiday decor. Image: Taryn Whiteaker

Black and white holiday wall art in stores now:

Shop these looks: Snowflake Tree, Merry Long Horn, Home Snowflake, Most Wonderful, December 25, Joyous Noel

Decorating with black and white ribbon

Add festive bows in a black and white pattern to your holiday decor. Images: The Pink Pagoda and Homeyohmy

Decorating with black and white checks for Christmas

Checks, tartans and plaids in black and white add fun and personality to the theme. Image: Our Faux Farmhouse

Black and white check curtains are the perfect backdrop for a modern and whimsical holiday season. Image: HGTV

Black and white check decor in stores now:

Shop these looks: Plaid Napkin, British Tartan Curtains, Cabin Plaid Fleece Throw, Bosmere Check Mat, Maxwell & Williams Dinnerware

Cool and monochromatic in white with some black

An elegant mantle display features a collection of seasonal art and white faux fur stockings. Image: Windermere Real Estate

Adding black and white throw pillows for Christmas

A wall tattoo Christmas tree and a modern pillow add contemporary Christmas cheer. Image: Adore Magazine

Black and white throw pillows warm up the bright white sofa. Image: Kathy Kuo Home

Black and white holiday pillows in stores now:

Shop these looks: Striped Throw Pillow, Plaid Fleece Pillow, Little Arrow Pines Pillow, Holiday Winter Pillow, Holiday Merry Pillow, Holiday Deer Pillow, North Pole Pillow, Cabin Plaid Bear Pillow