Your Guide to Decorating with Black and White

We love a vibrant pop of colour as much as anyone, but there’s something alluring about black and white interiors. Maybe it’s the unmatched feeling of sophistication or the restrained use of colour that still has an inviting warmth.

Details really create the undercurrents and variety that prevents monochrome from looking flat or boring. Using important shades that lie between the extremes of black and white, incorporating natural materials, playing with pattern and texture and adding warm metals and contrasting finishes for a beautiful space that looks incredibly chic, too.

Convinced? Here’s how you can decorate with black and white in your home.

Black and White Bedroom

Copper and black lamp on oak bedside table

Bevel king-size bed / Helsinki lamp / Tokyo bedside table

Cosy, inky hues make a real case for the dark and moody trend. Going to the dark side on at least one of your four walls makes for a velvety backdrop. Accessories and furnishings, such as our brassy Helsinki lamp, are accentuated by dark backgrounds, appearing bolder and brighter than they would against a standard white wall and adding that needed bit of drama.

Bedroom furniture with black and white cushion

Bevel bedside table / Bevel king-size bed / Bevel chest of drawers / Bevel double wardrobe

Instead of making black or white your focal point, use it for key accessories as part of a neutral palette. Litter black and white across pillows, lampshades, clocks and artwork to add a touch of class to your bedroom: the minimalist style will really shine against natural oak furniture, like that of our Bevel range.

Black and white bedroom

Kemble triple wardrobe / Kemble bedside table / Kemble king-size bed

Send shockwaves with icy white decor for an ultra-modern loft chic look. Offset the clinical feeling all white can often bring by incorporating painted furniture that isn’t quite white, such as from our lavender-toned Kemble range. This adds a much-needed level of interest and contrast, making your space feel all the more welcoming.

Love the clean, white look for home furnishings? You’ll want to know how to style our new Hove collection.

Black and White Office

Black and white office room

Morillo wall clock / Mantis Light computer desk / Kemble dining chair / Tampere floor lamp

A graphic feature wall adds modern interest to your home workspace, creating an exciting backdrop to be productive alongside bold pieces of furniture. The monochrome geometrics complement the exotic grain of our Mantis Light computer desk and draw a commonality with the antique style of our Morillo wall clock, set against the wall (instead of hung on it) for a fresh, interesting look.

For more on styling geometrics, read our blog for our top tips.

Industrial style office

Brooklyn computer desk / Brooklyn dining chair / Brooklyn large bookcase / Brooklyn small bookcase

Styling with black and white doesn’t mean you have to resort to extremes. As aforementioned, natural materials and metals allow you to experiment with textures. The marriage of industrial alloy and solid oak we see in our Brooklyn range gives you this opportunity.

Inject a bit of life to your New York loft-style home office by scattering gorgeously green houseplants across the shelves. And don’t forget to get clued up on how to care for them!

Black and White Hallway

oak console table, black and white walls

French Farmhouse console table

Black and white will always be a fantastic backdrop when you really want the objects in a room to shine. Here, an eclectic mix of furniture – including our French Farmhouse console table – and accessories stand out from the monochrome walls in the entranceway to a home, proving that rustic furnishings can look at home with black and white style as long as it’s done with confidence.

Get some inspiration from how our customers have taken their hallways from dull to delightful using pieces from our collection. Read the blog for more.

Black and White Dining Room

Round oak table with white painted chairs

Kemble dining chair / Trinity 3ft 7” dining table

Bold black and white patterning was a staple in Hollywood Regency style and often the signature of top stylist of the time, Dorothy Draper. Why not incorporate some old Hollywood style into your décor for an art deco glam look? Combined here with more subdued lilacs and natural oak, it prevents the look from going over-the-top.

black and white kitchen units

Rhodes 3ft breakfast table / Rhodes cross back bar stool

The slim, elongated table legs and chairs of the Rhodes breakfast table and matching cross back bar stools imitate the pinstripe black and white pattern on the walls of this daring dining room. Creating an atmosphere of high energy that welcomes splashes of colour to shake up the monochrome.

Black geometric wall print

Romsey large sideboard

A bartop – which you can fashion from your Romsey large sideboard – will really brighten up a midnight-shaded corner of your home; the jewel-like liquor bottles and cocktail equipment sparkling against your darker interiors. This is another place where brassy ornaments look brilliant.

Black and White Living Room

Living room furniture and black painted walls

Fraser three seater sofa / Fraser armchair

Blues and greys are lovely neutral colours to complement black and white. They’re quietly sophisticated when contrasted with the luxe look of black and white. Texture, again, is key here, all the way across the Fraser seating, to the fluffy rug and the tropical houseplants.

How do you decorate with black and white in your home? Take a photo and tag #OakFurnitureland on Instagram to share them with us.