7 Reasons To Decorate with Black and White

Cute window seat styled with blackand white accents
iron stool | art, pillows, throw

Contrast is a great design tool for creating interest and adding a unique spin to your space.   And, when it comes to high contrast pairings, there’s really none better than classic black and white.

Here are some reasons we like it:

1. Black and white looks great with any color.

This bold combo plays well with any color scheme from soft pastels to brighter and more saturated hues.  It’s a neutral, so there’s no “matching” involved.

2. It makes a great backdrop.

Instead of opting for a predictable wall color and window treatment, try the unexpected pairing of black and white.

Get moody with black walls and white trim and curtains, or go fresh and bold with white walls and black curtains.

Living room corner with black wall and white trim - modern accent chair and lamp
marconi ash grey chair | tray floor lamp

3. It knows no style boundaries.

Casual or formal, farmhouse, modern, traditional, transitional, eclectic, bohemian…  Whatever your style, black and white just works.

4. Patterns pop.

Graphic patterns are still trending – on everything from floors and backsplashes to more simple things like pillows and rugs.

Perk up those patterns even more by taking advantage of the visual punch of black and white.

black and white decorating - laundry room with black and white pattern tile floors
Photo | PK/Schneiderman’s

5. It has a softer side.

Not all black and white decorating needs to be bold, though.  Soften the look by pairing crisp whites with warmer tones, and choose matte black furniture finishes for a slightly more understated take on the look.

Black and white bedroom with black furniture
westley falls bed | nightstand

6. It can go solo.

Black and white does go well with any color but it’s also perfectly comfortable all on it’s own.  Well… all on it’s own except for layers and texture – 2 things that will add the cozy.

7. It’s easy.

Black and white decorating is a super simple way to jolt a room out of a slump or add that perfect decorator touch.

Some quick and easy ways to incorporate black and white into your space might be a graphic pillow, black and white photography or art, an area rug, a fun accent chair, white lamp/black shade, and/or a few black and white accessories.

black and white decorating - living room with black and white accent chair
pebble chair | sectional

Other Posts You May Like:

How to Soften a Black and White Space
Black Walls – 8 Ways to Make Them Work For You
Color and Paint Inspiration and Tips

Are you a fan of black and white decorating?

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2 Responses to 7 Reasons To Decorate with Black and White

  1. Steph February 13, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    Oh my – I sure do LOVE a black wall!!

    • PK February 16, 2018 at 8:53 am #

      Me too Steph!


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