There is a lot of striking beauty to be found in colorful places around the world. Some of them are the vibrant, multicolored facades on the Amalfi coast in Italy, the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival, or Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. But our planet offers a lot of undeniably stunning and wildly Instagrammable spots in just black and white. Check them out below.
Hotel Mono, Singapore
You don’t have to book a stay at Hotel Mono, located in the heart of the city, to enjoy its beautiful design. But, if you do, you will find the interiors suit the name of the hotel just as well. Its minimalist look attracts lovers of the monochromatic aesthetics and people who stay there enjoy the simplicity of industrial-style black and white accents.
White brick houses and cobblestone streets characterize the historic town of Thorn, in the southern Dutch province of Limburg. The history behind the look of these houses is linked to some events from the 18th century. The poor population that moved to Thorn around that time couldn’t afford to pay the taxes for their homes, based on the dimensions of the windows. For this reason, they bricked their windows up and painted them all white to hide the disparity.
Just a couple of hours away from Reykjavik, Buðir, Iceland dazzles visitors as a photography destination, albeit hosting only two buildings on its territory. Hotel Buðir and the Black Church. The latter has become a popular wedding and photography destination. This tiny church is settled in the lonesome surround of white lava rocks that create a perfect background contrast.
Big Island, Hawaii
The volcanoes have shaped much of Hawaii’s topography on the islands. Many of those volcanoes are among the most active in the world. For some great views of the volcanic landscapes of Hawaii, visit the Big Island. In the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you will gorge on the beautiful contrast between black molten lava coastlines and cloudy skies.
Lost Coast, California
The northern coast of California, less than 100 miles away from the state of Oregon, is lined with wild black sand beaches that get visited by numerous backpackers and photography-enthusiasts. The achromatic beauty of beach strip is not everything that the Lost Coast can offer. It has foggy forests, waves, and a view to the nearby King Range peaks.