A home’s interior design reflects much about the person living there. Art choices reveal taste, while clutter shows whether someone is neat or messy. Color choices also reveal information about the homeowner’s personality. For some, design that features the stark contrast between black and white is both modern and classic. If you need some black and white interior design ideas, you can use these following tips.
Tips for Black and White Interior Design
Modern – Black and white is crisp and clean and many consider it sleek and modern. If there’s room, piano, with its ebony and ivory keys, makes a great focal point. Consider white tile or carpet (though the latter may be difficult to keep clean) with a black leather sofa and chairs. Or try patterns, such as large white tiles with smaller black tiles at the corners. A coffee table, or any other table, can be glass-topped with black, wrought-iron legs. Use black or white vases and statuary for decorating. A black vase with white lilies or other white flower makes a striking centerpiece over the fireplace or centered on a table. Use lighting to bring out the white walls and various art objects. Consider hanging large pictures in black & white.
Safari – Think zebra or white tiger. Instead of a completely black and white, modern room, perhaps you’d prefer the room include more neutral colors, like earthy browns, to create a safari den appearance. Add in a faux zebra or tiger rug. The rug can be hung on the wall, placed under the coffee table or draped across a comfy, overstuffed sofa in black or brown. Complement the rug with a variety of zebra or tiger motifs, including pictures and statues. Look for black iron wall hangings of African animals, or hang carved, dark wood masks. And if you aren’t looking to decorate entirely in black and white, add in tall, leafy houseplants to add to the jungle look.
Vintage – If you want a really stark look, decorate the entire room in shades of grey so that it looks like a setting from an old black & white TV show. At theaters across the country, you can occasionally find a black and white murder-mystery movie in which the set and the actors are all done in grey tones, creating a marvelous effect. Using these tones in your home can give your design a vintage feel.
A black and white interior design creates a visually dramatic space. How you combine and emphasize the two neutrals determines whether the home takes on the sleek look of a New York apartment or the casual look of an eclectic cottage. By determining the feeling you’d like the rooms to evoke, you’ll settle on the right combination to accentuate the strengths of your space.