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White and black Living Spaces Design Ideas

Black and white is indeed an enduring color combination that is always hip and works well with any them that you have picked for your hose. Yet, this bold and brilliant color duo is far more commonly used in both contemporary kitchens and relaxing spa-like home bathrooms, rather than in the living room. While black and white bedrooms almost always come with bright pops of fabric accents, in case of the living room, one can create a truly monochromatic setting that only uses these two hues. Bringing a sense of sophistication and refined elegance, the black and white color palette is easy to work with and offers plenty of advantages.

Luxurious contemporary family room in black and white looks truly stunning!

by Orange Coast Interior Design

The obvious contrast between the two colors allows you to highlight specific architectural features and decor additions with ease. While other color schemes come and go with changing seasons and interior design trends, black and white offers a safe alternative that stays relevant even decades down the line.

Bold pattern of the rug and the throw pillows drive home the black and white color palette

by M/I Homes

Exquisite black and white living room with sculptural additions

by Imagine Living

Amazing black and white living room with lone purple chair in the backdrop

Black walls add a sense of coziness and grandeur to the living room

by Lisa Petrole Photography

Geometric backdrop of the living room steals the show

by American Import Tiles

Nordic style living room in trendy black and white

by Causa Design Group

Contemporary and Minimal

Most modern homes tend to have a living room that borrows generously from the contemporary and minimal styles. Even if you are not going for a full-blown minimal style, clean and straight lines, wall-mounted cabinets and sleek decor ensure that you already have a semi-minimal look. The black and white color palette is absolutely perfect for this style of decorating! From the classic Scandinavian style to the chic Soho approach, the two colors help in making the living room appear far more urbane and classy. While black anchors the room and helps highlight its prominent architectural elements, white lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop.

A minimal Scandinavian style to the living room in black and white

by Hoo Interior Design & Styling

Living room of stylish Sydney residence lets the ocean become its colorful backdrop!

by LDa Architecture & Interiors

Posh black and white living room with plenty of natural ventilation

by Natalia Gomez Design

Uber-stylish blacka nd white living room with a giant bookshelf that defines the space

Wooden wall adds organic touches to the black and white living room

Ravishing Rugs that Set the Tone!

If it is the countertops and cabinets that give the black and white kitchen an ideal blend between the two colors, it is the sensational, geometric rugs that do the trick in the living room. A gorgeous black and white rug with a bold geometric pattern (inspired by Moroccan style) can truly transform the ambiance of the living area even while driving home the bold monochromatic look. From simple black and white stripes, to complex patterns and interesting prints, black and white rugs give the room a coherent look even while adding inviting warmth to the space.

Captivating rug ensures that this cool living room has a striking centerpiece

by Madison Lily Rugs

Living room of Chic Soho Style apartment keeps the focus on white

Contrasting textures bring a hint of playfulness to the black and white room

by Vanessa Brunner

Small black and white living room with a plush couch at its heart

Beach style meets chic farmhouse appeal in this cool black and white living room

by SchappacherWhite Architecture

Improvising with Shades and Styles

One of the popular misconceptions among many homeowners who flip through countless home inspirations online is that the black and white interior must look picture-perfect and glaringly glossy! While we agree with the fact that an organized room without clutter always looks better than a messy one, achieving this elusive ‘catalog’ look is both unnecessary and often impractical. This is precisely why we have compiled together these inspirations that work as livable spaces and not just as imaginary renditions! Do not limit yourself to using only absolute black and pristine white in the living room. Play around with different shades and values of each color to create a diverse and appealing look.

Surveyor style tripod floor lamp in the backdrop adds to the black and white color scheme

by LDa Architecture & Interiors

Living room clad mainly in black can be simply stunning when done right

Grey is an important intermediate between black and white and is often the ideal color for decor additions in a black and white living room. Plush grey couches, smart side tables and other accessories are both trendy and easy to find. This also gives the living room a more pleasing vibe even while keeping the ‘black and white’ theme intact. Shades of grey closer to black lend a deeper and more serious look to the room while lighter shades of grey work well in small living spaces.

Combining a traditional design style with trendy additions like vertical black and white stripes

by usona

A simple approach to the black and white color scheme in the contemporary living room

by Elad Gonen

An open floor living area with black and white color scheme

Black and white living room with some Christmas cheer

Transitional living room in black and white with a hint of gold and silver

by Coach Barn

Swapping Accent Hues

Even though we would love to keep the living room devoid of all color to preserve the black and white color palette, this is a task that is easier said than done. If you have kids around the house, then you can kiss this idea goodbye for sure! But let this not discourage you from trying out black and white color palette in your house. In fact, use the color combination to your advantage and introduce restrained, stylish accents that bring in different colors each season. The more neutral a backdrop is the more accent additions standout. From fresh flowers to colorful throw pillows, you can play with an array of accents once you have the right black and white backdrop!

Lavish black and white living room with posh blue accents

by Britto Charette – Interior Designers

Playing with different shades and hues of black and grey to create an affluent look in the living room

by Atmosphere Interior Design


Gorgeous black and white living room with interchangeable accents

Living room with low ceiling benefits with more white and less black

by Lisa Benbow – Garnish Designs

Simple red accent additions can be removed easily from the black and white setting

by cke interior design

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