Just because you may prefer less color in your home doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style! Decorating with black and white is a great home décor alternative for a variety of aesthetics, whether you are looking to create an effect in your home that is dramatic, chic, ultra-mod, or sophisticated. No matter what your sense of style, black-and-white home décor exudes a timeless elegance that everyone can incorporate into their home. Here are some of our favorite black-and-white decorating ideas.
While stripes in any color can provide an eye-catching aesthetic, black and white stripes will make any room appear bold and interesting. For your living room or bathroom, opt for thin, vertical stripes to create an elongating, classic look. If you want to bring some black-and-white glamour into your bedroom décor, go for thicker, horizontal stripes if you want to try something more playful. In order to maximize the visual impact of your (lack of) color scheme, keep the rest of the room’s accessories to a minimum.
Play with Different Textures
To keep your black-and-white interior design looking interesting, play with different textures to keep things fresh and unexpected. Since you are not using other colors to create depth, texture is even more crucial to give your home different layers of variation. In your kitchen or bathroom, you may want to decorate with a glossy black-and-white checkerboard floor that will give these rooms extra personality. For a dark color such as black, glossy or glazed textures give the color an even greater dramatic flair. If you are less into the glitz and glamour, don’t worry! Black and white can look good in more subtle variations as well. If you have a brick fireplace, consider adding white paint with a matte black insert, which will give your room more of an earthy feel while maintaining its uniqueness.
Go Bold with Graphics
Graphic patterns will grab anyone’s attention when they’re in black and white. Raw in their design but elegant in their execution, intricate patterns done in black and white will stand out and give your room that extra burst of energy. For inspiration, look to more geometric patterns, ranging from simpler shapes to more ornate damask designs. If you want to add more of a feminine touch without going overboard, black and white florals will also create a glamorous effect.
Pair with Metallics or Natural Elements
If you are open to add slight color variation to your black-and-white home décor, metallics and natural elements will complement this style nicely. Gold is becoming an increasingly popular trend, and is a great pairing option for black and white, especially for those who prefer a more regal and luxurious home décor. Bronze and silver are also worthy pairings that provide a black and white room with drama and definition, albeit a little more subtly than gold. For those looking to bring down the drama but keep the black-and-white aesthetic, natural elements such as wooden textures (i.e. a wooden bed frame or side table) and green plants add a sense of warmth to an otherwise starker color palette.