How to create a dramatic black and white bedroom
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Last Modified 22 December 2023 First Added 1 August 2022
Black and white are an age-old classic combination, beloved by many for their chic, simple and versatile finish. If you’re looking for monochrome inspiration to make your bedroom pop, you’re in the right place.
Neutrals are a perfect place to start when planning your master bedroom. But if you’re feeling lost amongst warm and cool colour palettes, it may be time to consider a classic, timeless pairing – black and white. The monochrome look is stylish and striking, prioritising minimalist lines over fussy finishes. Plus, it’s easy to give this simple colour palette your own twist by adding further colour and texture to make your bedroom a place you feel at home.
You may be surprised to learn just how many variations of black and white exist, whether you’re looking for a warm-washed white or barely-there charcoal. Textures and tactile finishes can be a welcome addition for even more variety.
The days of flat white and boring black are long behind us – now there’s so much more to play with. Our classic Yardley bed frame is upholstered in chic black faux leather. Evoking loft-style living, this sleek design showcases Scandi-inspired minimalism, perfect for a neutral sleepscape.
Don’t overlook opportunities to inject an extra pop of black, either. We love the effect of dark-finish window frames, particularly when contrasted with crisp white bed linen. With a touch of modern glamour, plus the added benefit of drawing the eye to natural light to brighten up darker spaces, your bedroom will retain an open, airy feel.
Consider bolstering your monochrome colour palette with grey and cream. These softer options are ideal if you’re not sold on jet black or optic white just yet.
Grey is an incredibly versatile bedroom colour that can add depth and warmth to any sleep space. This neutral base sits perfectly against feature walls, as you can see from our Detroit bed frame styled against characterful wall panelling. Adding fancy finishes such as this can be a great way to inject depth and interest to darker colours without losing their impact. Wall panelling in particular has made a major comeback in interior design, with many homeowners turning their hand to this popular trend. Originally coined in the Georgian era, it provides an elegant and upmarket feel to any bedroom.
Grey may be a classic neutral, but it’s far from boring. For a bold bed frame that pairs perfectly with black and white, look no further than the Rowan. The subtle yet striking zebra pattern is paired with a soft grey finish for a contemporary feel, plus gold studded embellishment to add a tactile edge. This delightful pick adds dimension in darker spaces, so position against a simple black wall for ultimate impact. Pair Rowan with her matching divan or ottoman base to create your custom look.
Add a touch of glamour to your black and white bedroom with gleaming gold accents.
Perfect for walls, soft furnishings or metal accents, gold adds a touch of glitter and glow to any monochromatic bedroom. Gold pairs beautifully with wooden accents, which add brightness and life to a calm black and white vista. A warmer metallic choice, gold is a fantastic companion for dramatic black designs, such as our Hugo bed frame, complete with oversized finials and bed knobs in shiny nickel.
Simple white furnishings complete this look and create the illusion of space through simple facings. To recreate this look, check out the Woodbridge collection, featuring a range of versatile storage options in clean white finishes. If you’re concerned about dark colours closing in your space, consider choosing a tall chest of drawers, such as the Woodbridge 5-Drawer Chest, to evoke the feeling of a heightened, lofty space.
If you’re not ready repaint your walls just yet, there are plenty of other ways to incorporate black and white into your bedroom. Start by adding new bed linen to transform the look and feel of your sleeping space.
Opting for patterned bedding, such as geometric, zig zag or striped, in black and white is an effective way to add interest and monochrome contrast to a neutral coloured bedroom. You can match this with other soft furnishings for a cohesive finish. Above, we’ve paired our Ealing bed frame with a statement black and white blanket and geometric rug to add dimension to the monochromatic finish. If you’re unsure on what type of bedding you need, check out our tips on buying pillows and duvets.
If you’re ready to fully embrace the dark side, browse our top tips for styling a black bedroom.