The New Monochrome: Black and White Interior Design Ideas

Since Audrey Hepburn donned that famous little black dress with white pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and James Bond commanded the room’s attention in a tuxedo, the classic combination of black and white has never gone out of style. It’s the ultimate contrast of light and dark and one that can look equally as striking when applied to your room’s décor.
While black and white interiors have been a classic for years, it can at times feel too harsh or stark in a room. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to use black and white which look inviting, warm and welcoming. Here are our tips to using a few additions to update your black and white décor with these trendy design ideas.

Black and White Décor in Scandi Style

Scandi Black White Kitchen with Warm Accents

Source: Stadshem / Photography by Jonas Berg

The Scandinavians have been using this combination for years and for good reason. The classic look works well with the cooler bluer light we have in colder climates and in combination with warm, natural wood feels welcoming.
Combine your black and white with shades of grey to soften the scheme alongside lots of natural texture like leather, faux fur, hides, knitted fabrics and woven baskets. All these additions will keep your space looking too sparse, creating that Hygge vibe we love.

Black and White Dots

Lust Living Black and White Spot Office

Source: Lust Living

In this striking home office, Olivia from Lust Living chose a fun and vibrant black and white Dalmatian print for her walls. With a bold pattern, it’s always best to keep the rest of the décor simple, making the feature wall the focus of the room so furniture and floors are kept white which give the room an airy vibe. Gold accents warm up the space and a grouping of houseplants adds an organic touch as well.

Black and White with Greenery

Black and White Bathroom with Greenery

Speaking of greenery, you can add a bold shot of colour to your monochrome room designs using plenty of plants in your home. This black and white bathroom design by Chris Benz uses simple black and white subway tiles and a classic pedestal sink but the shot of colour comes through with plenty of greenery. If you are worried about taking away from the monochrome look with too much colour, using natural items like plants and flowers are a wonderful way of easily introducing colour and even better, they work with any style.

Black and White Stripes

Harriet Anstruther A bright-and-modern-1840s London town house


Source: Flodeau / Designer Harriet Anstruther

In Harriet Anstruther’s London townhouse, a pair of black and white striped sofas steal the show in her living room. Using monochrome stripes on larger furniture may be a brave move but these are offset with brilliant white walls and natural herringbone flooring. The pattern may be contemporary but with classic details like the curved arms on the sofa, the vintage styling of the chandelier and the original detail on the fireplace all create a classic look that won’t quickly date.

Looking for more black and white striped room ideas? Check out our blog post here.

Black and White Design Patterns

Black and White Foyer with Patterns

Source: Grillo Designs

When Medina of Grillo Designs was facing a plain foyer in her rental home, she decided to take action using black and white as her inspiration. A black and white pattern was chosen for her flooring (check out her DIY here) which became the jumping off point for the rest of the décor. The result? Combined with a simple wood bench, a few baskets alongside monochrome art and cushions, the entire space is practical as well as beautiful.

When using black and white patterns, consider scale as well. In Medina’s home, the cushion uses a large scale pattern while the floors use a smaller one. Varying the size of the patterns will make combining them easier, creating a vibrant look that’s still easy on the eye.

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