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Black and white interior decor is striking in its high contrast but can lack interest if not executed with care. In these two modern home designs, we’ll see a plethora of inspiration for successfully decorating black and white living rooms, dining areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. Home design number one demonstrates how to create a bespoke TV and fireplace wall with hidden storage, and how to introduce subtle patterns and texture without distracting from the monochrome magic. Home number two is a stylish compact studio apartment that uses the high contrast of black and white decor to create clear zoning and an atmospheric home theater experience.
High contrast black and white elements give this boxy modern living room layout a sense of depth and added dimension. A dropped ceiling treatment hides away the curtain track, allowing the drapes and a set of sheer white voiles to hang seamlessly from the roofline.
A tightly patterned living room rug sets down a dark charcoal and black base for the lounge layout. It complements a black tiled hearth that runs alongside it. White herringbone flooring covers the rest of the living space. Its light finish effectively reflects sunlight from the windows, making the space feel bright and airy.
The modern fireplace sets a black stripe beneath the living room TV wall. The recessed TV screen can be hidden away behind smooth white wall panels when not in use, which completes a calm, minimalist aesthetic.
A black faux leather stool rounds out the lounge layout without obstructing the walkway or blocking in heat from the fire.
A black and white striped accent chair stands at the opposite side of the modern fireplace, turned in toward the sofa and stool to form a conversational seating arrangement. A ring pendant light falls low above the accent chair to create a comfortable reading nook. A chrome side table is on hand to hold books.
With the long, linear fireplace lit, the cool black and white living room decor scheme comes alive with flickering warmth.
The white wall panels that surround the TV conceal more storage spaces, which keeps the living room free from clutter.
The small sofa design includes a built-in side table at one end. The inclusion keeps the compact layout looking streamlined. A faux indoor plant carries a ghostly white finish that melds it peacefully with the white window drapes.
A kitchen and dining area unfolds behind the sofa. A round pedestal dining table features a unique base design with a flowing, draped aesthetic. A modern fruit bowl makes a practical dining table centerpiece, where fresh fruit provides a pop of color.
Black and white houndstooth dining chairs add a ring of chic pattern around the modern dining table. Behind, the one-wall kitchen installation is a sleek, white, handle-free design with a darkly contrasting backsplash. Warm white LEDs create a complementary glow that mirrors the linear fireplace on the opposite wall.
Indoor plants are dotted around the home to add a splash of natural greenery. Monochrome artwork and sculptures create pleasing vignettes.
A recessed light strip helps to split the open plan living space into two separate zones, with the lounge on one side and the kitchen diner on the other.
In this compact studio apartment layout, solid black elements help to create zoning. A small black couch boldly defines the sitting area in the narrow, white living space. A sculptural magazine holder adds a playfully curvy moment of white contrast in front of the sofa.
A U-shaped modern chandelier complements the curve of the modern magazine holder. The chandelier glows with a soft, atmospheric light that makes the black and white decor scheme feel warm and inviting.
A black swing arm wall lamp extends over the sofa to create a comfortable reading area. A black wraparound side table serves the other end of the couch with a convenient landing spot for drinks and snacks.
Behind the sofa, a black kitchen island defines the culinary and dining area. Black black bar stools merge darkly with the island’s black marble finish.
White cabinets make a simple one-wall kitchen arrangement behind the black island. Black outlets and a black kitchen faucet punctuate the white backsplash.
With the lights down low, the blank white wall that faces the sofa becomes a movie screen. A black linear media console unit threads across the full width of the space.
The home entryway has a black color-blocked treatment. The black front door camouflages into a matching black wall. A heavy black portiere curtain partitions off the bedroom.
An ottoman pulls up to the low window sill, offering a prime spot to take in the city view or lounge with a good book.
The bedroom area has a black color-blocked treatment too, which creates a dark, sleeping capsule. Black walls, a black ceiling, a black bed, and matching bedding meld together to form a lightless box. Only a tiny wall sconce dares to glow.
High-contrast black and white decor continues inside the bathroom. A black vanity unit and a black faucet fade into the shadows of a solid black perimeter.
A white marble bathtub makes a fresh stripe of brightness through the black decor scheme. An LED strip underlines the stone tub, creating a weightless, floating effect. A white concrete floor lightly contrasts the matt black bathroom ceiling.
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