Decorating a bedroom in black and white might look easy, but it requires skill and discernment to strike the right balance between these high contrast opposites. Interior designers have all kinds of tricks and tips for styling black-and-white interiors, from using varying shades and finishes; adding texture; incorporating patterns, graphic touches, and art; mixing periods and styles; using warm and atmospheric lighting; livening things up real or faux greenery; and using color as an accent or a finishing touch. Check out these 28 black-and-white bedrooms in a range of styles that are as livable as they are chic.
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This elegant black and white bedroom from interior designer Kara Mann is covered with creamy white paint on walls, moldings, and fireplace, and a white chaise longue and the bed are dressed in white are accessorized with black throws. The en suite bathroom is decked out in black patterned wallpaper and outfitted with a retro style freestanding sink. The room's classical architecture and black-and-white palette is given a modern lift with the addition of a lucite desk and chair that floats on the dark wood floors.
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In this luxury highrise from interior designer Alexis Bednyak Design and Searl Lamaster Howe Architects, the sleek, streamlined black-and-white palette is softened with plush touches of gray on the upholstered headboard, bedding, and floor-to-ceiling drapery that blocks out the view of the Chicago skyline when it's time for bed.
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In this fresh and contemporary black and white bedroom from interior designer Cathie Hong Interiors, a wall of floor-to-ceiling drapery behind the bed creates a soft and theatrical effect. Black pendant lights and round black-and-white bedside tables have a slender silhouette, while a large flat weave charcoal-colored carpet has a grounding effect. A natural wood headboard and a large potted olive tree add a natural touch.
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In this spacious bedroom suite from interior designer Jenn Pablo of Jenn Pablo Studio, a traditional black painted wood bedframe complements a prominent ceiling beam that visually divides the sleeping and seating areas. Plush rugs, bedding and upholstery in shades of white add softness and comfort. A Moroccan Beni Ourain rug, a trio of sculptural metal occasional tables, iron curtain rods, and pendant lighting by the bed add subtle graphic lines that define the space.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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Touches of Green
Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors gave this bold black-and-white bedroom a boost with vivid green accents on the palm print upholstered headboard, fiddle leaf fig tree, and throw pillow.
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Boho Style Minimalist
In this minimalist black-and-white bedroom from real estate agent and interior designer Julian Porcino, boho design touches like a macrame wall hanging and Moroccan bed throw and pillows add a free-spirited vibe while industrial wall sconces and a curvy bentwood chair add a graphic punch.
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In this polished, vibrant black-and-white bedroom from NYC-based interior designer Alvin Wayne, a matte black wall creates a soothing backdrop for the bed. A pair of mirrored nightstands with contemporary lighting and a brightly colored piece of art hung over the bed adds a striking technicolor focal point.
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Photographer, stylish, and shopkeeper Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan created a calming black-and-white bedroom full of vintage touches, framed art, and natural wood touches that has the charm of an old sepia-toned photo.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design channeled her inner Parisian to inspire this spacious, light, and airy black-and-white bedroom. The designer complemented the gracious proportions and elegant bones of the room with its high ceilings and black marble fireplace by adding white paint on the walls, white curtains with black trim, graphic black-and-white framed prints, and furnishings in shades of white and dark shades of black, gray, and blue that all read as variations on black.
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Blogger Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins Living gave this bedroom a Scandi-inspired refresh with a soft palette of whites and pale grays mixed with black accents from the mud cloth duvet cover to Indian woodblock stamp-inspired Euro shams to Scandi plus-sign patterned bed sheets.
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Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things painted her bedroom in a deep graphite that reads as black against the pale flooring and white trim. The dark paint creates a cozy, cocooning feel. Black shelving creates space for a wall of black-and-white family photos. Soft off-white bedding and brass reading lights add contrast and balance.
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Shou Sugi Ban
In this black-and-white bedroom from interior designer Mindy Gayer of Mindy Gayer Design Co., a striking black shou sugi ban wood paneled wall adds texture and sets the tone for a clean modern bedroom with a rustic edge. The black-and-white theme is carried through patterned bedding, an industrial sconce, and a graphic print on the wall.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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Touches of Pink
This romantic black-and-white bedroom from interior designer Kara Mann has a glamorous throwback vibe with its sultry window draping held back with black curtain pulls, soft white walls, black hardwood flooring, a black painted armoire, and touches of soft pink on a vintage rug and luxurious silk satin bedding accessorized with a textured black coverlet.
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Clean and Simple
In this clean, simple bedroom from Calimia Home, shades of white on walls, bedding, window treatments, rug, and upholstery are accented with touches of black evenly scattered around the room, from the metal grid windows to the chair frame, bedside lamp, and drawer pulls that complements dark wood flooring. Thanks to the black-and-white palette, even the dreaded flat screen TV on the wall blends right in.
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Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design added black accents—pompom-edged curtains, a striped throw pillow, an industrial lamp, a framed print, and a painted wooden bed frame—that create a graphic effect that is easy to emulate even if your bedroom doesn't have the elegant bones of this high-ceilinged room.
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In this striking, minimalist black-and-white bedroom by interior designer Kara Mann, black flooring and a sculptural chair are balanced with white walls, curtains, and a gauzy freeform canopy draped over the top of the bed. A pale wood nightstand and a tall vase of willow branches enhance the airy feel.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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White and Black
The design team at Brexton Cole Interiors added graphic black accents on lighting, textiles, and art that adds contrast to the creamy white and beige interior of this polished black-and-white bedroom.
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In this black-and-white bedroom from interior designer Kara Mann, a formal, symmetrical design with matching glass nightstands and table lamps and a four poster turned spindle wood black painted bed is softened with touches of gray on the fur throw and vintage rug.
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One way to keep a black-and-white interior from feeling too one-note is to mix periods and styles. Another is to use a range of dark and light shades that add depth to the stark combination of black and white. In this bedroom, interior designer Becca Casey of Greenwich, CT-based Becca Interiors painted an antique dresser in a deep blue/black, added a modern black-and-cream lamp, a white bust, white brick walls, white sheets, a black-and-cream blanket and shades of gray on the headboard and rug that work to create a layered effect.
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Streaks of Blue
Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors added a royal blue coverlet and accent pillows on the black-framed cane bed that makes a strong statement against a soothing black-and-white bedroom with a mix of black accents and shades of white on the walls.Continue to 21 of 28 below.
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Blogger Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home used a palette of off-white and dark gray punctuated with black accents in this vintage-inspired modern farmhouse-style bedroom renovation that reads like a softer version of black and white.
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Some people are intimidated by using black paint, assuming it will make a room feel too heavy and dark. In this light-flooded bedroom from interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors, the black wall has a luminous appearance during the day and adds a cozy and grounded feel that is enhanced when the lights are low.
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Touch of Amber
In this suite-like bedroom from interior designer by Laura Brophy Interiors, a mix of predominantly black-and-white fixtures, furniture, textiles, and wall paint is accented with touches of gray, cane chairs, and an amber wall hanging that looks like a sun about to set.
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In this minimalist design from real estate agent and interior designer Julian Porcino, snow white walls are contrasted with black grid windows and a matching door, and black accents like a black macrame wall hanging. Wood floors, a leather pillow, and a wooden armchair add warmth.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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Pink and Gold Accents
In this kitschy bedroom from blogger Laura Gummerman of A Beautiful Mess, a black-and-white foundation—black and white palm print wallpaper, black floor, fluffy cloud-shaped white rug, walls, and nightstands—is lightened with pops of pink and gold on bedside lamps, fluffy faux fur throw pillows, and art.
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Light and Airy
Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design dressed this light and airy bedroom with its vaulted ceilings and natural wood beams in shades of white and gray. Then she added graphic black accents in the form of a contemporary canopy bed, metal curtain rods, and a modern black chandelier.
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Splashes of Color
Interior designer Laquita Tate of Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Design added strong color accents—a turquoise chest of drawers, a cherry wood bedframe, a colorful piece of art—to a black and white base to create a vibrant bedroom design that also feels grounded and restful.
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In this minimalist design from real estate agent and interior designer Julian Porcino, stark white walls, crisp white bed linens with black detailing, and industrial black reading lights are softened with rustic wood bedside tables and a woven basket hung over the bed in place of a headboard.