45 Timeless Black And White Bedroom Ideas That Stand Out

I find black and white to be a perfect color combination for the bedroom. Sure, it may not offer the room the warm glow that other colors such as beige, brown, or the natural color of the wood do, but the simplicity of the combination creates a classic, timeless and peaceful look, which is exactly what the room needs to feel relaxing and inviting.

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And even though it may be very simple in theory, a black and white bedroom can stand out in numerous interesting ways.

How to Decorate a Black and White Bedroom

Of course, decorating a black and white bedroom can be easier said than done. You will want to be sure you create the perfect balance between the two colors without overdoing one or the other.

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You may also want to mix in accent colors, or the occasional piece of wood furniture just to ensure your room isn’t too contrasting. Here is how you can get started on decorating your black and white bedroom.

Step 1: Switch Up the Furniture

The furniture is the hardest part of a black and white bedroom, as these pieces will be your eye-catchers. Therefore you should ensure you have a couple of large black pieces, as well as some white pieces. You can also mix in wood and glass furniture pieces as you see fit.

Step 2: Work on the Fabrics

Next to the furniture, your next biggest draw of the room will be the fabrics. You should work to contrast these as much as possible. For example, if you have a black bed, you should invest in a white comforter. If one wall is white, then black curtains would be best.

Don’t be afraid to have curtains that contrast with the comforter, and put pillows of both colors on the bed.

Step 3: Add Artwork

Besides fabrics, art is a great way to bring contrast into your black and white bedroom. You’ll want to pick pieces that stand out, and you may want to consider those which contain an accent color.

Step 4: Finish Touches

Before your room can be complete, you will need to step back and take a look at what you have so far. Is it too dark? Not dark enough? You’ll want to add accents in either color or in a third color at this point to get the balance just right. Even something as simple as a live plant in a black and white pot can go a long way.

Black and White Bedroom Décor Ideas

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Decorating a room is difficult, especially when you are worried about overdoing an imposing color like black.

Below are some décor ideas for a black and white bedroom to help guide you as you decorate:

  • Use great lighting to keep the room light, use natural light if possible.
  • Arrange furniture against contrasting colors (i.e. a white bed against a black wall etc.)
  • Choose an all-white or all-black rug, or perhaps one that is a mix of the two in a fun pattern
  • Incorporate textured pieces to help soften an all-white or all-black side of the room
  • Include pops of accent colors
  • Consider using off-white
  • Paint only one wall all black
  • Add greenery
  • Add wall décor

Black and White Bedroom Furniture Ideas

The direction you take your black and white room will widely depend on the type of furniture you find or already have. Furniture is an eye-catching part of a room, and there are typically several large pieces in a bedroom that need to be incorporated.

Here are some furniture ideas for your black and white bedroom:

  • Use wooden furniture, stain it darker or lighter as needed
  • Paint all your furniture white
  • Incorporate glass furniture
  • Paint your furniture all black
  • Add tufted pieces to break up large expanses of either color (such as on a headboard).
  • Mix in grey-toned furniture for a softer look
  • Use leather for some of the black pieces
  • Choose minimalistic furniture for a more modern look
  • Use a pop of color here and there
  • Buy furniture with metallic accents

Wall Décor Ideas for a Black and White Bedroom

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So you’ve got your furniture, and some basic ideas of how to decorate your black and white bedroom, but how do you decorate the walls?

Here are some tips to help with selecting wall art for your black and white bedroom:

  • Choose wall art with a pop of color
  • Hang a mirror (or two!)
  • Place wall art where it contrasts (white wall art on a black wall etc.)
  • Hang curtains over a wall to create texture
  • Consider a textured black and white wallpaper
  • Only put wallpaper on an accent wall
  • Hang a tapestry
  • Incorporate industrial elements, such as a brick ceiling or wall by painting it black or white.
  • Paint the frames around the window the color contrasting the wall.
  • Keep it simple, especially if the contrast in the room is already quite dramatic.
  • Use gray if you think black is just too dark
  • Place wooden accents

How to Soften a Black and White Bedroom

A black and white bedroom, while classy, can sometimes be a very hard look. But don’t despair, as there are many ways you can work to soften a black and white bedroom. Below are some tips to help you soften a black and white bedroom.

Tip 1: Use Texture

Textures can be a great way to soften an imposing color like black. Consider a black throw or comforter for your bed or a black curtain instead of painting a black wall.

Tip 2: Incorporate a Third Color

Although you may be excited about your all black and white bedroom, an accent color can really help soften the room, especially if you pick a pastel. Pastel green, blue, pink, or even purple are great ways to soften a black and white bedroom.

Tip 3: Add a Plant

Greenery can help soften any room. So grab a large plant or two to add to the corner. An orchid or other flower placed on the nightstand can help brighten a room as well.

Tip 4: Add More Light

The main reason your room may seem too hard to achieve a black and white bedroom is that there isn’t enough light. Try to find window coverings that allow as much natural light in the bedroom as possible. If there is no natural light options, then add a modern lamp or two to soften the room.

Tip 5: Add Wood

Wooden accents also help to soften a black and white room. For those that haven’t already chosen their furniture pieces, this is the best way to incorporate wood into a bedroom. Otherwise, you can consider a hardwood floor, or wooden wall art to bring wood accents into a room.

How Do You Brighten a Black and White Bedroom?

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Besides needing to soften a black and white bedroom, you may also decide that the room is too dark after you have painted a wall black. In this case, there are several ways you can work to brighten the room without having to repaint the wall.

Tip 1: Add Metallic Touches

Brighten up a dark black and white room by adding touches of silver and gold. These can easily be added through furniture, accessories, or even a nice framed mirror.

Tip 2: Consider Unique Lighting

You’ve likely already tried everything you could with the natural lighting of a room, so it may be time to consider some unique lighting, such as a string of lights along a dark wall, or perhaps a string of lights around the base of the bed to create a floating effect. 

Tip 3: Place Woven Accessories

Woven accessories, like a hemp hanging plant, or a tapestry can go a long way towards warming up a dark room. Just be sure these woven accessories fit with any accent colors you may have in place.

Tip 4: Switch Out a Single Piece of Furniture

Have you tried everything else on this list to no avail? Then it may be time to switch out a single piece of black or white furniture for a piece of color. If the bedroom has a chair, consider swapping it for a red one, or perhaps grab a purple side table. As long as the pop of color is large it will brighten the room tremendously.

Tip 5: Use Patterns

The final way to brighten a room is by incorporating a pattern. For example, a black wall could look nice with a white stripe or two, or maybe you could paint a unique vintage pattern. Either way, the pattern will break up the black and brighten the room.

By now, you should have a bunch of ideas for the décor of your own black and white bedroom. Keep scrolling to see just how you might incorporate these into your home to create a decorative masterpiece.

Inspirational Rooms for Your Black and White Bedroom Makeover

1. A Wavy White Bedroom Wall

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When the color palette is so simple, other elements can be used to make a bedroom décor stand out. The wavy wall in this case adds a plus of sophistication to the room while the oversized padded headboard gives the space a pleasant and comfortable feel.

2. Brighten Up A Black and White Bedroom Space With Mirrors, Lamps, And Artwork

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When black is the main color for the bedroom, features such as mirrors and lamps can be used to help brighten up the space. You could even opt for black and white wall art to add some detail to the walls. For example, the tall mirror behind the nightstand is a really nice touch in this case.

3. Add Eye-Catching Accents To A Minimalist Space

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A minimalist and basic color palette can be complemented by eye-catching accents such as an imposing chandelier or wallpaper with a subtle but eye-catching print only visible when the light falls at a certain angle. {found on boutiquehomes}.

4. A Black Headboard Against A White Wall

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Usually, however, a balanced combination is preferred. So a black headboard can rest against a white wall, a white bed sheet can be complemented by black accent pillows and a light gray rug can contrast with the dark-stained flooring. {found on thesofaandchair}.

5. Find The Right Balance Of Black And White Bedroom Elements

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The most important thing is to find the right balance of black and white elements in the room. It should be a cohesive look throughout so, if the walls are white for example, you can put in a black dresser, a matching bed, and some small accent details featuring the same color. {found on ianmoorearchitects}.

Related: Blaxploitation – Kitchens Go Dark With Black Countertops

6. A Shiny Floor And Accent Pieces

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A really interesting approach is to opt for black flooring. This modern master bedroom has a shiny floor and accent pieces that combine the two colors specified above in a natural way. The area rug and the armchair share a similar theme. {found on edndesign}.

7. Use Black As An Accent Color

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To create a sense of spaciousness in the bedroom, use black as an accent color while white is your main shade. Use clean, simple lines throughout and soften the look through texture and accent lighting. {found on chrissnookphotography}.

8. Opt For A More Casual And Relaxed Feel

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A black and white bedroom can be a bit too harsh and sober for some, in which case you can try to give the space a more casual and relaxed feel. For example, opt for an open clothes rack design, an artistic painting displayed on a wall, or for wooden flooring painted white.

9. Highlight The Contrast Between The Two Colors

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A bedroom can feature a really simple and basic color palette and still stand out, even if the décor is just as simple as the color scheme. Highlight the contrast between these two colors. Use white where you know it will be emphasized by the natural light and black where you wish to create focal points.

10. Decorate Your Room With Black Walls

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Another possibility is to decorate with black walls. It’s enough to have one black wall white the rest stay white. Emphasize the strong contrast through framed wall décor. Put white features on the black wall and black features on the adjacent white wall.

11. Choose A Dark Gray Shade Instead

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If a black wall seems a bit too dramatic for your style, opt for a dark gray shade instead. It will also pair nicely with other crisp white elements and you can coordinate it with a few other gray accent details such as a small area rug or a planter or vase. {found on stylizimoblog}.

12. Add a Black Trim to White Walls or Bedding

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Give the bedroom a classic, elegant look using a black trim for white walls or bedding. Then you can also mix and match these two colors throughout the room. A black bookcase can be placed against a white wall, a black lamp on a white nightstand, and so on. {found on domino}.

13. Add Black Accessories and Accent Features

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An interesting approach is to make all the furniture and all the walls in the room white and to only use black in the form of accessories and accent features such as the duvet, the hardware, accent pillows, or framed artwork. {found on lolalina}.

14. Use Prints And Patterns Throughout The Black and White Bedroom

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When the color palette is limited to only black and white, you can show your creativity by using various prints and patterns throughout the room. Opt for bedding that features graphic or geometric designs in these two colors.

15. A Black Accent Wall

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Even though the prints and patterns are very variate, the room décor stays simple and very enjoyable. We particularly like the way the black accent wall complements the bed and everything on it.

16. Add a Slanted Ceiling

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A huge black wall can darken the room, even if the rest of the walls are white. In this case, however, the slanted ceiling offers a perfect opportunity to include a black wall in the décor without making it stand out too much. It’s merely like a headboard that extends on either side to incorporate the nightstands.

17. Add Black Window Drapes and Carpet

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If you opt for black drapes or window coverings, then the light from the window will stand out and seem a lot brighter because of the strong contrast. Continue the décor with a coordinating black floor which flawlessly contrasts with a white platform bed. Soften the look with an upholstered headboard and an ornate chandelier.

18. A Black Platform Bed As The Centerpiece Of Your Room

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Or try the opposite look. A black platform bed can be the main piece in the room, even if the wall closet is visibly larger. To maintain balance in the room, you can have the floor covered with a light gray carpet. {found on carr}.

19. Combine Straight Lines and Soft Curves

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When straight lines and angles are combined with soft curvatures and simple and elegant colors, the result is a well-balanced and pleasant décor. A beautiful detail in the case of this contemporary bedroom is the sleek black lines that almost look like a shadow between the full height closets and the ceiling. {found on n-lab}.

20. A Bright White Ceiling

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Although it’s generally believed that black walls can make a room seem smaller and dark and gloomy, that’s not always the case. If the ceiling is white and there are other elements that can brighten up the space, then black walls can actually give a bedroom an intimate and comfortable feel. {found on homelife}.

21. Make the Bed the Only Black Feature in the Room

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But if the room is really small, then the approach can be a bit different. It’s best if the bed is the only black feature in the room. Turn the small size of the space to an advantage by making it feel cozy and welcoming through soft textures and accent lighting. {found on bozhinovskidesign}.

22. Use the Colors in Big Blocks

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When the color palette is limited, an interesting option is to use the colors in big blocks so that contrasts are simple and visible. A black floor can coordinate with a bed that has a black frame to diminish the barrier between the two. {found on intermode}.

23. Create A Feminine Vibe For A Black and White Bedroom

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A black and white combination seems like a good option for a boys’ bedroom, making it easy to create a masculine vibe. However, it can also be used to create a feminine décor. It’s all in the details. A headboard with a delicate, ornate frame or a chic mirror can totally change the ambiance. {found on sfadesign}.

24. Add Fun and Modern Furniture

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These two ball chairs are perfect for a bedroom with a minimal color palette and a modern décor. Though they work with strong, dramatic color contrasts, their soft lines don’t have a harsh impact on the room. Also, the wooden floor warms up the design. {found on ashvilleinc}.

25. Layer Black and White Elements

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The way the black and the white elements are layered here helps create a visually interesting look and transform that wall into the focal point of the room. The dark brown floor keeps a low profile, although it would stand out in a different situation. {found on atmosphere360studio}.

26. Find Unique Ways to Sneak Black Features Into Your Room

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Only after a second look, do you realize that this bedroom actually has a back, shiny ceiling which reflects the windows and the light. A wonderful example that proves that black is not always a gloomy color. {found on a-cero}.

27. A Black and White Master Bedroom Makeover

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This is a master bedroom that immediately creates a feeling of comfort despite being black and white. That’s because it uses texture to combat the drama of the strong contrasts and definite aspects of each of these two colors.

28. A Playful Yet Elegant Black and White Bedroom

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A bedroom can be playful in an elegant and classy way, despite being decorated with non-colors like black and white. It’s a matter of working with patterns, chic combinations, and managing to create a casual ambiance through accent decorations that are strategically placed.

29. Add Light Blue Accents to a Black and White Room

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Light blue accents in a black and white environment create a fresh and relaxing ambiance. The light wooden floor keeps the room from becoming too cold and austere.

30. Brighten Up The Room with a Splash of Yellow

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Yellow is a cheerful color that can easily make a black and white bedroom look sunny, bright, and vibrant. A lovely accent color for a teen bedroom for example, which combined with playful wall décor and patterns, can prove to be exquisite.

31. Add a Pastel Color to Break Up the Black and White Design

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Sometimes even the faintest presence of a third color in such a décor can establish balance in the room. Like this wall painting and the slight violet taint on the chair. {found on aeacon}.

32. Add a Simple Small Green Plant or a Lamp

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Even something as simple as a small green plant or a lamp can have a big impact on the overall décor and ambiance of a space. Such a detail can make the space feel fresh, or it can also give the look a subtle industrial twist. {found on lonny}.

33. Add Brass Accents for an Elegant and Sophisticated Room Makeover

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Brass accents can make a black and white bedroom seem particularly elegant and even sophisticated. They can come in the form of a table lamp, a planter, or the buttons on a tufted headboard.

34. Gold or Silver Accents in Small Quantities

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A few golden or silver accents can have a similar effect. But it’s important to use them with great care and in small quantities. It’s easy to cross the line between chic or elegant and kitschy. {found on ldn}.

35. Create a Warm and Comfortable Look with Earthy Tones

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The color of the walls in this case says it all. It offers the bedroom a warm and comfortable look and has a nice earthy tone. It coordinates well with the chandelier and it’s great that the rest of the color palette was kept simple, neutral, and basic. {found on darrenpalmer}.

36. Floral Black and White Wallpaper

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When you think of adding black and white to a bedroom, your mind probably goes straight to modern and striking designs. If you are looking for something a little more subtle, consider adding black and white floral wallpaper, as shown in this project from House Beautiful.

This allows you to add black and white elements to a farmhouse or a more traditional home. This wallpaper from Ralph Lauren won’t darken up your room but will add a lovely pattern to your walls.

37. Paint Half of the Wall Black

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If you aren’t quite ready to commit to a full black wall in your bedroom, take inspiration from Grillo Designs and their modern vintage bedroom makeover. Painting the bottom half of your wall black adds a fun accent to the room without making it too dark or dreary.

This would look great on the wall behind your bed and can also extend to underneath the window. You can then paint the top half of the wall white or another shade to add more light to the space.

38. Graphic Wood Trim Accent Wall

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Another great option for anyone who isn’t ready to go for a completely black wall is a graphic wood trim accent wall behind your bed. Apartment Therapy shows us how to create this beautiful bedroom makeover, which begins by painting the whole bedroom white.

After that, you’ll use a nail gun and a manual miter saw to create this design. Paint the wood black so it stands out from your walls and create a fun design that will wow any guests who enter the room.

39. Add Abstract Black and White Art

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For anyone who is just looking to try out adding black and white elements into their bedroom, try hanging a large abstract black and white art project, like this one from Julia Apostolova, on the wall above your bed. You could even create your own piece of artwork of any shape and size to fit your bedroom.

You can take inspiration from anything you have in your home for this abstract art project and unleash your creativity to create a unique DIY addition to your walls. You’ll just need a photo frame and poster board to get started, and then black acrylic paint will be used to create the design of your choice.

40. Pair Black and Rose Colored Elements

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Adding a pastel color to your black and white bedroom can help to break up the color scheme. We think rose is a lovely color to add to a bedroom, and you can simply place a few cushions or a throw over the bed to break up the monotony of the black and white.

Pretty Little Details incorporates rose into the bedroom through the huge curtains behind the bed. They offer a great contrasting color to the black wall and offer a sophisticated touch to this modern bedroom.

41. A Wood Grain Black Wall

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Kristi Murphy offers us this amazing DIY bedroom makeover which features a DIY herringbone wall. While this may look like a huge undertaking for your next bedroom makeover, she used Stikwood to make this a much simpler process. You’ll literally just cut the material up and stick it onto the wall.

If you are using this type of material to make a feature wall, ensure you measure your wall carefully and order enough material for the project. To create a herringbone pattern, you’ll need about 15% more wood than your measurements suggest.

42. A Black Statement Headboard

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We understand that adding a huge black feature wall or a large piece of dark furniture into your room can be a daunting prospect. If you don’t fancy adding these into your room, consider a black statement headboard instead.

House Beautiful shares this master bedroom which frames the bed with a black headboard. This is a great option for a smaller bedroom where too many dark walls could make the room seem even smaller than it actually is.

43. Black and White Bedding Sets

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Lushome shares a huge selection of bedding sets you could take inspiration from for your black and white bedroom. If you already have a room with white walls, this is a great way to start your black and white makeover.

A bedding set is a very inexpensive way to transform a bedroom. However, as the bed is usually the focal point of any room, it’s something you’ll want to give a good amount of thought and effort to before decorating.

44. An Industrial Modern Loft

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A modern loft is the perfect space to add black and white elements to. If you have an open-plan living setup, a black partition wall can help to separate your bedroom from your bathroom or another living space.

Elle Decor shows us this industrial loft in New York City, which almost feels like you are sleeping in a hotel every night. The low bed and the minimal décor go well with the black wall. It just goes to show that black and white can work in bedrooms of almost any shape and design.

45. Create a Relaxing Black and White Bedroom

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When planned well, black and white can also create a relaxing bedroom environment. Homes & Gardens shows us how to create this monochrome bedroom design which is very calming and stylish.

By using soft furnishings, textured throws, and cushions, you can layer up black and white shades to create a welcoming bedroom environment. If you feel like the room needs a little more color, add some other accessories or cushions in a brighter shade to warm up the room.

The Best Accent Colors for Black and White Bedrooms

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When it comes to decorating your black and white bedroom, chances are you don’t want to have just black and white. Rather, you’ll want to integrate some accent colors into your color scheme.

Adding accent colors to a black and white bedroom is perfectly fine, just be sure you don’t add more than one or two, and consider picking one off of this list.

  • Brown
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Red

Incorporating brown into your black and white bedroom is easy, as there are typically many furniture pieces that can be added to create a warm look in the room.

You might have to try a little harder to incorporate yellow, but consider adding a throw pillow, or perhaps painting a wall yellow to give the room a nice little pop of brightness.

Green is another simple one, as you can place a plant or two in your bedroom, or grab a nice lime green throw to toss on your white bed for a nice lively touch.

The final accent color, red, is extremely elegant but should be added with care. Stick to a single painting or pillow in this show-stopping color.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Can You Mix Black and White Bedroom Furniture?

You can most certainly mix white and black bedroom furniture, and doing so will create a nice modern look in your room. Just be sure you use furniture placement to emphasize contrast throughout the room.

What Color Goes Best With a Black and White Bedroom?

The best accent colors for a black and white bedroom are those which come in a pastel shade. Pastels will contrast nicely with white while also softening the black in a room.

Can a Black and White Bedroom Work with Wood Furniture?

A black and white bedroom can work with wood furniture, but it is better to lean more towards white when you have lots of wood furniture. Otherwise, the black and the wood may clash. So start with white as the main color, and add black accents when you have wood furniture in a black and white bedroom.

Is a Black and White Bedroom Timeless?

Black and white bedroom décor is not only timeless, but it is also classy and elegant. It is also very versatile, allowing you to use it to create almost any feel you desire for a room to have.

Time to Consider Making Your Bedroom Black and White

Regardless of the shape and size of your bedroom or apartment, we think black and white is a great way to modernize any bedroom. Before opting to add black and white to your bedroom, we always recommend planning out the design.

Ensure the room will get enough light, which can help to offset any dark walls or furniture you are planning to add to the space. Instead of going for a huge transformation in one go, we recommend adding darker pieces one at a time to see how they impact your space.

This can make the change a little less dramatic, and you can simply stop adding darker elements when you think the room’s overall appearance is becoming too dark.

When planning a black and white bedroom makeover this year, take inspiration from these 45 ideas we’ve showcased here today. Mix and match your favorite elements from all of these projects, and you’ll soon create a monochromatic bedroom that you and your partner love to spend time in.

Regardless of the atmosphere, you are looking to create in your bedroom, whether that’s stylish or calming, you’ll find that black and white can be layered together to create a homely bedroom environment. Enjoy transforming your bedroom into a timeless black and white room that will stand out this year!