How to Soften a Black and White Space + Small Space Dining

black and white done right in this small space dining room. Pastel/mossy green accents. White brick wall. Rustic pendant light.

Classic black and white is a neutral combination that will probably never go out of style, because it’s so easy to reinterpret and add current trends to.

It is a high contrast look, though, and there are times when it may feel a little too much for every day spaces – especially if they’re small.

So today we’re sharing some easy-to-copy ideas from this inspiring small space dining room that will help soften any black and white space and make it more inviting.

1. Mix warmth in.

The white walls and framed art on the server both have crisper, cooler white tones, so we counterbalanced that with warmer tones in the canvas art and rug. Subtle, but effective, hue changes in the dishes and books add another, slightly warmer, layer of white.

An easy idea to copy – Just mix in whites that are warmer than the most dominant white in the space to give your room warmth, depth, and dimension.

Server storage. Black and white space - small space dining room. Pastel and mossy green accents.

3. Lighten up.

Lighter woods are trending, and we loved the light, natural look of the wood floors and maple table top in this room.

4. Softer finishes.

If this table, server, and floor were all finished with a high gloss finish, the vibe would be completely different.

Opting for no sheen on the floor and furniture in a low-sheen onyx stain definitely lends itself to a calmer, softer feeling.

2. Mellow accent colors.

Bold colors are perfectly fine, and can be fun, in a black and white space, but they will add more contrast and energy.

If calm is what you’re going for, choose soft pastels or earthy, grayed down colors (like the mossy green in the rug and artwork) for a low-contrast look. (And did you notice shades of the mossy green color was added in 3 places?  Art, vase, rug.  Boom!)

A small space dining room in black and white. Love the pastel and mossy green accents, geometric rug, rustic metal pendant light.

5. Aged accents.

Bright and shiny metals will obviously work in a black and white space, but they won’t give the same warmth and character that aged, distressed metals will.

Like that rustic metal pendant light, for example. Simple, but so much personality and warmth!

6. Texture.

Whether it’s black and white, or any other neutral scheme, layering in texture is always key.

In this case, the natural fiber rug is the most dominant burst of touchable texture in the space, and it goes a long way in cozying up the look.

7. Plants and greenery.

Plants and greenery are an absolutely sure way to add life and a natural, organic quality to any room.

In this room the faux plant on the table, along with botanical art, weave life into the design.

Small Space Dining

Not only was this room a great example of how to soften a black and white space, but the Sterling dining collection is also a great option for small space dining.

The round shape makes it easy to move around, and the scale is perfect for a small space (it does comes with 2 leaves, however, if you’re considering it for a larger room.)

SHOP THE LOOK:   table | chairs | server (art/rug/accessories – stores only)

Small space dining - black and white space with soft accents

Do you decorate with black and white? What’s your favorite tip?

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