Few color palettes come together as easily as black and white. This isn’t to say that the combination is dull—far from it. In fact, a black and white room can be just as dynamic as a room that’s full of color, especially when an abundance of texture and shape comes into play. As a bonus, black and white are remarkably serene when used together, making this opposites-attract palette a natural fit for bedrooms.
The mood of a black and white bedroom all depends on how you style it. Opting for black painted walls can set an ultra-dramatic tone, while white walls paired with white bedding can dictate an airy-like feel. It’s also common to come across black and white bedrooms that factor in other classic colors, such as soothing gray, silver, or beige. Complementary hues can dial up the sophistication factor, lending an unexpected edge.
Those who consider a black and white bedroom overly formulaic might also consider employing a dramatic statement piece, like a high-wattage headboard or maximalist wallpaper to lend some vim. Whereas such a risk might send a bedroom with a less refined palette into a tailspin, a bedroom with a limited black and white palette can handle a stand-out element with aplomb.
If you’re interested in teeing up a black and white bedroom of your own, but need a little inspiration to get started, we’ve assembled a stunning collection of black and white retreats. Whether you’re looking to create a glamorous sanctuary or a dreamy escape, these black and white bedroom ideas are sure to provide endless inspiration.
There's no more fitting partner for a black and white room than a black and white photo. For this bedroom teed up by Benjamin Johnston Design, an oversized photo over the bed lends a romantic edge.
In a luxury Hollywood penthouse designed by KES Studio, a sculptural white side table topped with a striking black sconce creates an alluring contrast.
For a bedroom in a Greenwich home, the design firm De-Spec elected to swath a single wall in matte black paint, providing a dramatic backdrop for unframed art.
In a Brooklyn Brownstone, designer Megan Grehl used black and white to tie together an eclectic mix of vintage and new finds.
For a chic teen boy's room, designer Jessica Gersten Interiors punctuated a cool, monochrome palette with vintage black and white Pierre Paulin chairs.
An almost all-black bedroom doesn't have to feel stark, as designer Jennifer Robin proves with this dark-walled sanctuary. White accents balance a black wall and black bed, creating a bedroom that feels as cozy as can be.
For a black and white bedroom, designer Casey Sarkin introduced two colorful abstracts, proving that color can comingle without disrupting a black and white room's core identity.
A bit of black in an otherwise all-white bedroom can be a beautiful thing, as shown in this haute hideaway by designer Brooke Moorhead.
Black and white may have a reputation for skewing modern, but as illustrated by this moody, black-walled bedroom designed by Stewart M., the color combo can translate to more traditional interiors, too.
Black and white knows no bounds in this dreamy escape cued up by Hyde Evans Design. Applying a black and white toile-inspired paper to the ceiling liberates the otherwise traditional-feeling space.
Not every black and white bedroom needs to be a radical rethink. Designer Amy Berry pared-back a black and white room to just the basics to create a pacifying space.
Glints of gold and textural toppers such as cozy blankets and pillows, lend this black and white bedroom, designed by the firm De-Spec, elevated appeal.
Brass makes a befitting bedfellow for black and white, as proven by this high-glamour space designed by Laura U, Inc.
Wallpapers can get a bad rap for overpowering a space, but as this room cued up by Crowell + Company Interiors proves, when cast in a palette of black and white, it can be downright serene.
If you were looking for the final word on black and white's chic factor, look no further than Tommy Hilfiger's NYC Plaza Penthouse Apartment designed by Rinfret Limited Interior Design and Decoration.
In an all-white bedroom, Crystal Sinclair Designs used the slightest hint of black to wake things up.
Designer Eva Quateman used black and white to tee up a Hollywood Regency-inspired bedroom that feels fit for a silver screen siren.
A refined palette like black and white allows you to experiment more freely with patterns than you might not otherwise be able to, as displayed by Koo de Kir Architectural Interiors in this charming girl's bedroom.
Large blocks of complementary color make an eye-catching statement in this black and white bedroom designed by 2Michaels Design.
KES Studio used an array of geometric shapes to make a black and white palette pop.
What's black and white and chic all over? This mid-century modern-inspired bedroom from Eolo A&I Design.
Designer Beth Webb used black and white to unify a room chock full of global treasures.
Adopting a black and white palette can be a genius way to disguise modern media such as a TV, as shown here by Megan Grehl Interiors.
This bedroom crafted by Curated Home showcases a timeless, no-fail combo: black and white with leopard print.
Nothing enhances a black and white room quite like beige. 2Michaels Design used beige accents in this modern bedroom to boost the sophistication factor tenfold.
A black and white room makes a stunning canvas for art. For this soulful bedroom, Studio Sven spotlights an oversized, neutral landscape.
When in doubt, pair black and white with a sliver of silver. As shown in this bedroom by Donna Mondi Interior Design, the effect is nothing short of enchanting.