Are you one of those people who sees the world in black and white? That’s not a bad thing, especially when it comes to interior design. A monochromatic interior is anything but boring thanks to the way white sits next to black to bring the room to life. There are countless ways to use the black and white color palette in the living room to create an interesting interior.
A black and white living room can be as dynamic as you want it to be, but you can also add other colors for drama. Get creative by taking a look at our finest black and white living room ideas with pictures right here.
Black and White Living Room Examples
Add Some Yellow for Color
Yellow isn’t a common interior color for black and white rooms, but it surprisingly goes very well with neutral color schemes. Since black and white are extremely versatile, they can be paired with virtually any bold color. Mix them with a bright shade of yellow in any formal or informal setting. The bold yellow won’t take away the elegance of black and white, and if anything, it helps highlight their dynamic tone.
Here, the spacious living room boasts beautiful yellow accessories as part of its black and white decor. The whole look comes together nicely in an inviting manner.
Include Plenty of Foliage
In a small black and white living room, indoor plants can transform the space into a trendy and fresh one. Lots of exotic foliage throughout the room will add further color to the neutral color palette. With minimum decorations, all that’s needed is a shelf with succulents and some tall green plants as natural elements.
Geometric Black and White Patterns for Visual Interest
Geometric patterns for the window treatments, flooring, and accessories give a black and white living room visual interest – as long as the patterns are in black and white. This sub-theme is an upgrade to the neutral interior so you can let your creativity run wild by choosing various geometrical pieces, such as throw pillows, rugs, curtains, or even modern wallpaper. This concept gives a black and white living room a renewed look as proven in this example.
Make Black the Dominant Color
If you want to make your living room even more elegant, try adding a deep black hue to dominate the room. This can be done by furnishing the room with black furniture and black flooring.
Just like this modern living room example, white is the only color used for the walls, with black dominating the space. This living room feels cozy yet dramatic as a unique design. You’ll soon want to entertain your guests and show off your chic black interior!
For a Touch of Luxury, Add Gold
Gold is a shiny, glamorous metal that goes with any color palette. In a black and white living room, gold accessories or decor can enhance the beauty of the neutral interior and make your living room classy yet casual.
Whether you add gold textiles, wall art, or lighting, it is, without a doubt, a warm and luxurious color that can transform a neutral interior into a relaxing atmosphere.
A Red Couch Makes the Room Pop
Aside from gold, red is another luxurious color that goes well in a black and white living room. In an open-plan space, a red sofa or couch can truly shine amongst black and white decor. The neutral tone blended with a bold red hue keeps the focus on the sofa while making the black and white shine in the background.
In this bright and airy retro living room, the sophisticated black flooring and hanging lights highlight the beauty of the red sofa. The room has more black than white, but we can’t help keeping our eyes on the bold red sofa. You can achieve the same look by putting a red couch in your black and white living room to make the neutral interior pop with color.
Go for an All-Black Furniture
Previously, we suggested that you go with a dominating black living room that only has white for its walls. But how about taking this idea one step further and adding an-all black furniture and window treatments with white flooring and walls. You might think having all-black furniture will make your living room appear dark and dingy, but as you can see in this example, the black and white living room looks anything but dull or claustrophobic.
Not only does this living room feel bright and airy, but the black furniture goes perfectly well with the rest of the room.
Accentuate with Grey
Grey is an intermediate between white and black that’s often seen in black and white living rooms. Dark grey walls or a grey couch decorated with colorful throw pillows will complement the black and white interior. This is an easy trend to follow in order to give your neutral living room a pleasing vibe whilst keeping the theme (black and white) intact.
Since dark shades of grey lean closer to black, it makes sense to design a more dramatic interior with these color combos. That said, you can always opt for a lighter shade of grey if your living room is on the small side.
Keep it Modern and Minimal
Most black and white living rooms tend to look more Scandinavian, which represents minimalism. In a modern interior, you can create clean and sleek lines by ensuring the black and white room remains minimally furnished. The black and white color palette is in fact perfect for this interior decorating style as the two colors make the room more urban.
With careful furniture arrangement around the room, you can turn your living space into an elegant and minimalist area. Just because your furniture is limited in a Scandinavian-style room, it doesn’t mean you can’t create a chic living space.
Use Black and White Decor in Boho Theme
The bohemian theme interior style is ideal for the free-spirited homeowner who wants to unleash their unique personality in their black and white living room. To execute this style successfully, use wicker furniture with patterned floor covering and indoor plants. You may also hang macrame wall decor for an eclectic touch.
This theme is for anyone who wants to give their living space a personal touch using unique furnishings. But you don’t have to go all out by buying hard-to-find boho-inspired accessories. Just take a look at this great example of a bohemian-style interior to get a better idea.
Set the Tone with a Black and White Patterned Rug
Every black and white living room needs a statement rug to complete the look. A patterned black and white rug will blend nicely between these two neutral colors. This way, you’ll keep the monochromatic design throughout your living room and transform the ambiance. From simple patterns to complex prints, the black and white rug you choose will certainly give your room a coherent look while making your space extra warm and inviting.
See how well the black and white colors here blend together with the geometric patterned rug as the focal point of the room.
Why are Black and White Living Rooms So Stylish?
Black and white living rooms are an elegant interior design choice for anyone who loves a classic style without wishing to commit to bold colors. This strong neutral color palette is a solid backdrop to any style of decor or furniture. When you bring these two colors together, with added layers and textures, you will really appreciate how cohesive they are in a formal living room.
A black and white living room doesn’t have to be loud and dramatic. For example, you may add more white than black to tone it down. To keep your living space uncluttered and airy, paint the walls in white and add light color window treatments to brighten up your black and white living room. By incorporating other colors and more of white than black, you will prevent your space from feeling dark or heavy.
The reason black and white living rooms are so chic and stylish is because of the striking balance of harmony between these two colors. A sufficient amount of black with plenty of white will create a timeless and modern feel in any style interior. As you can see from our excellent examples above, it is easy to design a black and white living room without spending too much on decoration.