Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs

October 02, 2014
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

If you think creating a black and white living room is as simple as throwing all things B&W together, you're wrong. You can definitely do so but you might just end up with a room that's uninviting and cold. While B&W is a classic colour combination that has a timeless appeal, not knowing how to accent it, highlight certain elements can give you a room that just won't pop. A living room in B&W can get a little too harsh when it is warmth that we ought to introduce. Worrying already? Fret not my friend. We have put together for you here, a list of 12 B&W living room interior designs that are nonetheless warm, inviting and definitely won't remind you of that cold winter you spent alone some time ago.

1. Green eyed

A little green is good for the eyes. Placing planters around will help soften the cold and harsh look of a BW interior.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

2. Starry starry silver

Like gold, copper and brass, silver is a colour belonging to the metal family that can go well with every colour. Don't believe? Try it out with a colour chart. Why did you think the hardware of our handbags are usually in gold or silver?


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

3. Fifty shades of grey

Every shade that falls between black and white goes.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

4. A pop of color

When it gets too harsh, introducing a pop of colour will help soften the look.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

5. Gold-digger

Remember Robin Thicke wore a gold thick chain with his iconic black and white suit to the VMAs last year?


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

6. Read the fine print

All sorts of print can help tone down a BW interior -- stripes, polka dots, checks, houndstooth and the list goes on.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

7. Opposites attract

The thing is, black and white are made for each other and no other colour can make white pops the way black does.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

8. Layers of love

Love the idea of the designer layering a rug over another. Using layers of different textiles can help make your room stand out.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

9. Two’s a party

Instead of one coffee table, go for two small ones that are different in height and shape and place them side by side.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

10. One-hit wonder

We love how the glass coffee table ties the two armchairs together.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

11. White lights

Make sure your BW room is properly lit. White curtains allow natural light in which highlights your black accents.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog
Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog

12. Miss Simple

We adore the idea how furniture with clean simple lines can make up a room that’s so full of character. If you’re someone who prefer things in their original form (say, you don’t dip your French fries into sauces), you will love this.


Life in Mono: 12 Inspiring Black & White Living Room Designs - The HipVan Blog