Nothing says “sophistication” quite like the classic color scheme of black and white. Add a traditional piece of framed artwork to achieve an effortlessly sleek look. We’ve dedicated this article to the ultimate colorless color combo. Hang a framed piece of wall art with a greyscale theme for a foolproof way to enhance your interior. No matter your existing décor, black and white wall art will match pretty much anything. We’ve compiled the top trendiest ways to incorporate desaturated artwork. Follow our expert tips to make the most out of your black and white framed art.

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Black and White Color Palettes

Black and White Bedroom Wall Art

Vintage Wall Art Styles

Black and White Framed Art: Sizes

Black and White Art Prints: Shapes

More Wall Art Ideas & Décor Topics

Black and White Color Palettes

Consider pairing your black and white print with other neutral shades for a truly contemporary look. However, this doesn’t mean your space has to be completely devoid of color. Add modern shades like slate blue, sage green, and mustard yellow. These muted versions of classic accent colors will contrast the black and white without looking overbearing.

If you’re a daring designer at heart, try out our “Edgy Typography” trend, curated by art director, Tirzah Goodman. This collection is full of cheeky quotes and phrases that might make your guests blush. 2021 is all about making a statement with your décor, so why not try this fearless style? They also act as great comical conversation pieces. Seek out a print in black and white to balance class with quirk.

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Black and White: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for trendy black and white décor:

“Black-and-white interiors are timeless and provide a perfect canvas for any design possibility. Incorporate shades of grey into your black and white color palette. A monochromatic color scheme can make your home feel more spacious and contemporary. For an extra-modern touch, try adding geometric patterns to your black and white space"

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Black and White Bedroom Wall Art

Black and white are an ideal color combination for your bedroom. For your surrounding colors, stick to cool tones like teal, sage, and gray to create a space that’s both contemporary and calming. Steal inspiration from fluffy clouds, and use cool off-whites and foggy shades. A black and white statement piece is the perfect accessory for above your bed. It’s timeless and it will give your bedroom an artsy touch.

Black and White: Pro Tips

You can’t go wrong with abstract art. Curated by Tirzah Goodman, our “Abstract Brush Stroke” collection is perfect for the creative minimalist. These prints are simple but pack a punch. Choose a piece with a black background and white brushstrokes for a stunning look that will never go out of style.

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Vintage Wall Art Styles

Tons of vintage trends are coming back! Celebrate this retro revival with a classic black and white photograph. Hang an oversized piece of framed artwork in your main living space. Choose a subject that is reminiscent of another time. The golden age of photography and cinema was during the era of black and white film. A greyscale photograph or photorealistic print will make your space look instantly luxurious. To avoid a dated look, pair your vintage-inspired artwork with a low, modular sofa or modern piece of furniture in a chic charcoal grey. Keep your décor minimal and intentional and avoid clutter at all costs.

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Black and White Framed Art: Sizes

When choosing the right size of framed artwork, it’s important to calculate the dimensions of your space. View these handy excerpts from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide to choose your ideal size print:

Wall art that you want to hang above furniture, such as a desk, headboard, or sofa, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture's width. In order to measure the ideal art size to hang above your furniture, consider this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit perfectly above the couch.

If you’re still stumped, a print that measures 48 inches by 32 inches in height and width looks awesome above a 78 inches sofa in the living room. Also, don’t forget to pay attention to the height at which you hang the art. Generally, you always should place the center of the canvas at eye-level. Try hanging it between 6 and 12 inches above the couch to give it enough room to breathe.”

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Black and White Art Prints: Shapes

We offer framed artwork in rectangular, panoramic, and square shapes. If you need more convincing on why a framed piece of artwork is perfect for your interior, read this excerpt from our guide on framed vs unframed wall art:

“These are the top reasons to choose a framed print:

The Polished Finish

Framed artwork looks complete and polished. The sense of refinement subconsciously impacts the viewer's perception.

The Floating Appearance

Because of the small gap between the canvas and the frame, the canvas print appears to be floating inside, giving your artwork a truly unique and ethereal look!

A Low-Profile, Sleek Look

One of the top benefits of framed artwork is that it looks very light and unbulky, which results in an unparalleled clean appearance.”

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More Wall Art Ideas & Décor Topics

Black and white framed art will work in almost any space. This classic look will complement every room, from your living space to your kitchen. If you’re looking for more color combo ideas, check out our inspiration blog. Not only do we have color-based guides, but we also have articles on how to properly decorate each room. Good luck!

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