Black and white is undoubtedly the chicest color combo in the world of design. Whether you love a classic look, or your home is wholly contemporary, black and white can do it all. Designers love black and white for the endless versatility and the timeless quality. If you are starting from scratch with your interior, you can rest easy knowing black and white wall art will go with any décor you choose. Our design experts have put together a list of the top ways to select the best black and white artwork and accessories for your space.
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Black and White Color Schemes
Choose between a neutral, monochromatic color scheme, or a balanced mix of neutrals and colors. There’s no right answer to this design decision; it all depends on what you are trying to achieve with your space. A colorless room makes texture and patterns the focus of the room, whereas a more vibrant interior is all about the color combos. A black and white piece of wall art will ground your home décor, as well as add a touch of sophistication.
Black and White Pro Tips I
Follow this professional decorating tip from our design expert, Elimar Lobo Sáenz:
“Black-and-white décor will never go out of style, and this iconic duo can help you curate an interior full of endless possibilities. Incorporate shades of grey and charcoal into your black and white color palette for a monochromatic, ultra-trendy look. This chic color combination will make your home feel instantly chic and more contemporary. For another up-to-date design technique, try adding a splash of geometric-patterned wall art.”
Dining Room Wall Art Ideas
Your dining room is the perfect area to add black and white details. This communal area must be an equal mix of cozy and stylish.
Hang a piece of black and white wall art over your dining room as a modern focal point. Keep your space free of clutter, and let the color contrast do the talking. You can add hints of soft colors throughout your dining space, but be sure not to pull attention away from your artistic centerpiece.
Black and White Pro Tips II
“Black and white go with minimalism like peanut butter and jelly. If your goal is to create a minimalist dining space, chances are you’re already considering decorating with black and white. This modernist style is all about sparse accessories and leaving open space. To prevent your dining area from looking cold and unwelcoming, add a natural splash of color with indoor greenery. Hang an abstract print for a current finishing touch.”
Black and White Modern Art Styles
Speaking of modern art, black and white can be combined in a variety of contemporary designs. From line art to greyscale photography, there is a colorless print to suit every style. Urban landscapes tend to radiate modernism, as well as simple, abstract designs.
Modern Wall Art Trends
Our art director, Tirzah Goodman, has curated the ultimate modern are collection. Browse black and white canvas prints in our “Abstract Brushstroke” catalog. These pieces are both simple and striking. Plus, they work in any room in the house.
Black and White Art Shapes
Selecting the perfect piece of wall decor goes beyond just choosing the pattern and color scheme. You also have to consider which canvas layout will best fit your wall. Follow our guide below to choose the best shape for your desired visual effect:
For a Traditional Look: 1-Piece Canvas
For a Trendy Look: 2-Piece Split Canvas
For a Modern Look: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas
For a Daring Look: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas
Large Black and White Wall Art
“Your wall art should take up about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space; in other words, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. First, measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space. Voila! Easy-peasy.”
Oversized Black and White Wall Art
Looking for the ultimate statement piece or planning an oversized gallery wall? Choose a print with these dimensions: 66"X33.” Measure your space first to make sure this massive work of art won’t overwhelm your space. This size is breathtaking in a room with large, blank walls. Plus, it’s a super easy way to transform the look of your space with a single piece of décor.
More Black and White Artwork Topics
If you’ve fallen in love with black and white décor like we have, there’s a whole host of resources available to help you perfect the look! Check out our article on black and white home décor ideas for more info on finishes and furnishings. We also have a dedicated piece on black and white framed wall art, if that’s up your alley.
Black and White Pro Tips III
For our closing statement, ruminate on this quote from our expert black and white décor guide:
“Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a seasoned designer, black and white is a color scheme used by both beginners and professionals alike. Whatever your personal style, you can’t go wrong with classic. If you’re exploring black and white possibilities, or you already have an interior decorated in these timeless tones, adding more black and white décor will instantly elevate your space.”