Using a black and white pallet in home décor can create a stunning and dramatic look. And it can also look like a you are walking in a giant chess board!
The key word here is elegance and balance, which are not always easy to achieve. And also, you must be ready to be daring with some of your choices or else it will fall flat.
If you need help learning how to use the most famous color pallet in the world to create elegant home décor we are here to help you.
We will show you how to best take advantage of the striking color pallet.
Start with the floors
Black and white floors are a nice place to start decorating with black and white.
There are countless choices, such as beautiful black marble set off with fluffy white rugs. Or maybe white ceramic tiles with a striking black border.
Or you can keep the flooring neutral if you want and use dark charcoal rugs or carpeting.
Just please steer clear of vinyl tiles laid in alternating black and white squares! Unless of course you do want the room to look like a giant chess board.
Small but elegant
A small room would look absolutely stunning and more spacious with black and white as the main color scheme.
A small bathroom for example would look very chic with a black marble countertop and a white sink, to add a touch of sophistication try gold fixtures with this pallet.
Add an accent color
If you are worried about using just black and white, you can add variety by adding an accent color.
This can be added in many ways, cushions are a favorite because you can always change them. For example you can choose aqua and pink cushions for summer and change them to red and hunter green for winter.
You can also choose hardwood floors for the room and include some wood in furniture and accessories to soften the black and white contrast.
Or you can choose to add some shimmer with a gold accent; introducing gold as an accent color is an instant way to warm up a cool black and white space.
However, keeping black and white prominent preserves the elegant factor. So try to keep the accent color to a minimum.
Add some eye-catching wallpaper
Do not be afraid to try graphic wallpaper, a black and white wallpaper with a striking design can make any room come to live.
You can also use black and white in diagonal stripes to elongate the walls.
Or, you can opt for painting a wall black and using it as a gallery; black is a versatile backdrop and a cool canvas for hanging some art, or some family photos in white frames.
What a simple pallet lacks in terms of variety of color it should make up for with variety of texture.
A variety of different shapes and textures is essential for a black and white room. It adds depth to the final look.
Keep it balanced
The perfect way to stay balanced is to go 50-50 with using both colors. Do not let one of them overpower the other.
This can be achieved by balancing out every décor element in the room, if you have a black wall for instance you balance it out with placing a white sofa in front of it.
Liven up the space
To keep a black and white room from looking austere you can use plants to bring a bit of color and life to a space.
Using plants in black containers would liven up the space while blending in nicely with the color scheme.
Decorating with black and white is an elegant and a timeless choice, one of the reasons why is that you can easily build upon it.
If you later decide that you would like to lift your interior with a little color, you have the perfect backdrop; almost anything goes with such a scheme.