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This waterfront home in Naples’ Moorings area has a simple color scheme that makes it welcoming and timelessly elegant.

What’s black and white and loved all over? This new waterfront home in the Moorings designed by Stofft Cooney Architects and Carrie Brigham Design. Sticking to a simple palette, interior designer Carrie Brigham created a space that feels welcoming and, above all, timeless. “That was their primary goal,” Brigham says of the homeowners. “They wanted a home that wouldn’t date itself, and that they could eventually grow into.”

The owners also shared with Brigham that they have a slight aversion to color and have always gravitated toward a black-and-white color scheme. So, the designer incorporated shades of taupe, gray and tans to lessen the formality of black and white. Per their direction, she focused on using varying shades of neutral tones to create contrast.

A perfect example in the great room is a commissioned piece by local artist Danny Geschardt, who is best known for his use of pastels. Here he stuck to black, gray and white for the 50- by 75-inch canvas that anchors the space.

Brigham, who chose everything from the rooftop tiles to the driveway pavers to the garage doors, landed on a medium-toned Legno Bastone wide plank smoked white oak for the floors to keep the home from looking too cold. She played off that with the  wet bar in the great room, which has upper and lower cabinets made of bleached walnut and complemented it with brass grills and hardware. That same space features a uniquely shallow built-in cabinet along the media wall (in charcoal), with the added quirk of having a John Richard 3D woven media cabinet in taupe-stained oak below the 85-inch television.

The black, gray and white Danny Geschardt painting in the great room speaks to the palette throughout, including in the kitchen and dining area where various neutral tones play off each other.

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Architect: Stofft Cooney Architects
Builder: Knauf-Koenig Group
Interior design: Carrie Brigham Design
Photography: Blaine Johnathan Photography