15 Black and White Bedrooms That Are Anything But Stark

There's a reason it's a classic combination.

black and white bedroom
Jonny Valiant

Black and white is a classic color combination — and for a good reason. The strong neutrals serve as a solid backdrop for so many textures and decor styles. While bringing these two colors into your sleeping space might feel daunting, when you layer and accessorize, it really works. These spaces prove it.

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black and white bedroom
Karyn R. Millet
Wallpaper Details

Designer Tobi Tobin installed in the guest room of her Hollywood Hills cottage, which added a bit more of a romantic, feminine vibe.

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black and white bedroom
George Ross
Yellow Color Pop

In the master bedroom of this New Jersey home (designed by Michael Aiduss), black unifies the variety of furniture styles, white helps the room feeling serene, and yellow gives it a bit of energetic fun.

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black and white bedroom
Björn Wallander
Textured Bedding

As for the guest bedroom in stylist Jill Sharp Weeks' Charleston rental, she went with her signature mix of neutrals, including an iron bed frame and black-and-white striped linens.

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black and white bedroom
Francesco Lagnese
Statement Wall

Designer Ken Fulk hung Ralph Lauren Home's in this San Francisco master bedroom, which he says "provides relief from the heavily ornamented bed."

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black and white bedroom
Björn Wallander
Statement Headboard

Jill Sharp Weeks is back again with this petite Colonial-era master bedroom in her Charleston rental. The black upholstered headboard makes a statement against unadorned white walls.

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black and white bedroom
Francesco Lagnese
Bold Pattern

In the guest bedroom of this San Francisco home, Ken Fulk went with bold horizontal stripes that are "playful and modern." Silhouettes of children hang behind the daybed.

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black and white bedroom
Laura Resen
Black Cabinets

Designers John Mayberry and Antonio Martins added architectural flat-file cabinets in this San Francisco bedroom so Mayberry would have a surface for drawing, as well as storage for completed works. The neutral palette serves as a clean backdrop for the makeshift art studio.

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black and white bedroom
Jonny Valiant
Some Subtle Color

The guest suite in this Santa Barbara bedroom by designer Christina Rottman features a mix of black-and-white patterns with terra-cotta and red prints, which help tie the wooden ceiling beams into the palette.

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black and white bedroom
Maura McEvoy
Pattern Play

Designer Janet Gridley's daughter's bedroom features on the headboard and walls, creating a whimsical vibe in their Minnesota Colonial home. A coverlet by adds color to keep the room feeling young.

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black and white bedroom
Maura McEvoy
Bold Wall Art

As for Janet Gridley's master bedroom in her Minnesota Colonial home, a custom mural wall covering by artist Thomas Darnell for Area Environments stars peonies against a black background. The clean white bedding with black monograms keeps the room from becoming too busy.

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black and white bedroom
William Abranowicz
Statement Headboard

Designer Betsy Brunham infused this Los Angeles home with Moroccan motifs, including in the master bedroom, which features a bed by Posse Furniture and a shaggy white throw that adds texture to the room.

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black and white bedroom
Eric Piasecki
Black Walls

Custom black paint by Fine Paints of Europe sets the tone in this Chicago townhouse's master bedroom, designed by Steven Gambrel. Meanwhile, an ivory canopy and white bedding add some dramatic romance.

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black and white bedroom
Jeremy Samuelson
A Bit of Red

The red velvet headboard is "grand and whimsical," says the designer of this California bedroom, Stephen Shubel. To prevent the entire room from becoming "over-the-top," he went with a palette of mostly black, white, and ivory for the rest of the space.

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