Decorating Your Home in Black and White

When choosing to incorporate black and white into your decorating plan, you can do so on a large or small scale. You have options such as choosing floor covering that is totally black or white or a mixture of the two in some type of pattern design. Painting walls white and opting for a small black accent wall is also a possible design option.

One other large scale means of adding black and white to your home is with your selection of furniture. Black furniture can successfully be included in a room with a modern design plan, an art deco or retro style decor, an eclectic style room, or a rustic type design plan. It is all a matter of furniture style selection.

The use of area rugs or accent rugs is a logical way to add black and white to your decor. Zebra print rugs or geometric design patterns are possible choices in a modern room. Various contemporary rugs are created in black and white patterns. For a rustic decor, there are several options but the fake bear rug is among the most popular.

The lighting you choose should also coincide with your black and white theme. A black chandelier with candle type bulbs and shimmering beads adds elegance to a dining or living area. Wrought iron chandeliers with a scroll designed frame can enhance various decorating styles. To create a rustic lodge or cabin atmosphere, a chandelier with shades that have pine trees, deer, or bear motifs on them would be an excellent choice of lighting.

Any room of your home can be designed with a black and white decor. Silhoutte prints and black and white photographs are great items to add to your walls. For decorating versatility you can use bold colored pillows, towels, and other accessories to your black and white decor.

Decorating Your Bedroom to Fit Your Tastes

Of all the rooms in your home, the one room that should fit your tastes as much as possible is your bedroom. Your room is sort of a home within a home…it’s usually where you go to relax, to sleep, or tend to personal things, so shouldn’t it meet your standards as far as design, layout, and comfort? Sometimes you may possibly need to buy some new things for your room, but other times, it might be a matter of de-cluttering and moving the décor around a little bit. I’ll explain how to do a bedroom makeover on a bit of a budget.

The first thing you need to look at is the wall. Is the color one that you fancy, or just a shade you tolerate? If you’ve got wallpaper, do you like the pattern, or is it the witch-vomit design left over from the previous owners? If you can afford a new wall color, then take a stroll to the nearest home improvement store and check out some of their paint swatches or wallpaper designs. There are often a couple colors and patterns that will leap out at you immediately; intuition doesn’t just pop up to warn you of trouble. This is in all probability not too budget-friendly if you don’t have much money to spend, so I would advise only changing the color of your walls if you absolutely cannot stand what you have and you can afford to fritter the money on paint and paper. A great way to decorate without painting is with a vinyl decal or some removable wall stickers.

If you really can’t go another day without some kind of paper on your wall, consider checking out some wallpaper borders. These are exactly what they sound like…paper borders that go around the edges of walls, usually the edge formed by the top of a wall and the ceiling. They can add a nice and noticeable, yet delicate hint of style and detail to an otherwise plain wall. And these borders come in a variety of patterns; from floral designs to slogans…it’s just a matter of finding something you like that will match your room’s current theme. A dark border on a light wall will make for a nice color contrast. For example, if you have a dark green bedroom wall, a beige border around the room will not only be a color complement, but a shade complement.