Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration

Black and white together is so hot right now for interiors and exteriors, whether the duet is applied to modern, farmhouse, traditional, or cottage decor styles. While it’s nothing new, we’re seeing black and white interior design everywhere. In fact, from the vantage point of my current surroundings–Fixer Upper land in Waco, Texas, where we’re visiting the Silos and all things Magnolia, black and white stripe awnings, outdoor lounge chairs, French industrial bistro chairs, and tiled floors are everywhere. Care to read my tips for visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos?

Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame definitely favors a black and white decor scheme for interiors AND exteriors, and you’ll see that scheme repeated within her shop, bakery, restaurant, and own farmhouse in Waco (we drove by it a couple of times today, and I’ll be sharing all the scoop when I return home and have a chance to organize photos!). New construction around Waco also celebrates the black and white trend as there are townhouses and single family modern farmhouse style structures popping up everywhere.

What contributes to the growing appeal of black and white?

Black and white are a relatively easy interior design color combination to live with since they don’t fight with other colors or wood tones. But black and white may be having a heyday because the colors used together impart a truly modern feel. While painting exterior trims black may not be a new trick to draw attention to architectural details, the contrast with bright white is. Before 1820, white was not a common color to paint house exteriors (and bright white wasn’t even an option for many more years!), when homes were painted colors to mimic natural materials found in the earth. Here is a short explanation of the history of exterior paint choices from Landmark Services:

“Until the Industrial Revolution, most paints were mixed in small batches using naturally found earth pigments. Paint colors, therefore, tended to reflect these pigments: red oxide, yellow ocher, lamp black, red and white lead, etc. Common exterior colors were reds, yellows, and greens. I think that the colors from Old Village Paints represent 18th and 19th century paint colors fairly well. White was most often reserved as a trim color in the 18th century. Around 1820 or so it became a more popular body color. Greek Revivals, in particular, were often painted white – or had white trim and a body color such as straw yellow or a gray or tan meant to suggest stone. It should be noted, however, that the “white” that was used back then was more of an off white, not the super whites available these days.”

Let’s explore some pretty examples of black and white.

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Wood beams cover the floors and walls of the porch, whose black and white schemeand black metal chairs and plant boxes and recycled tin roof  give it an industrial feel, but also a farmhouse vibe
Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration   (via Fixer Upper)

I love it when the modernity of black and white is tempered with natural, earthy elements like this wood decking (above). Joanna Gaines always incorporates life into her designs, whether that means bringing in greenery or adding vintage pieces which have lived a lot of life already and bring age and storied history to a space.

This week I have been hanging out in Waco and Magnolia, and at the Silos, you’ll see black and white against the industrial backdrop of rusty giant silos.

Care to create a French industrial bistro look at home?

Stacking Patio Dining Chair
French Bistro Chair: FIND HERE  Black and White Home Decor & Design Inspiration
French Industrial White Marble Top Round Bistro Table ($960) ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring home, furniture, tables, dining tables, cast iron bistro table, cafe furniture, white marble dining table, white marble table and cafe table
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On the open turf area outside of Magnolia market where families kick around soccer balls, and weary shoppers take a break, the area is lined with outdoor black and white stripe beanbag lounge chairs:

Indoor/Outdoor Vertical Stripe Bean Bag Chair Lounger #BeanBagChair #stripes #patio
Black and White Stripe Beanbag Lounger Chair FIND HERE  Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration

While I’m on the topic of Waco and black and white, there’s a strong spiritual current you can’t miss here, and scriptural messages like these below would be right at home.

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:11 Art Print. #scripture #psalm16 #bible
Psalm 16:11 Art Print: FIND HERE   Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration
Psalm 16:11 Art Print: KEEP ME SAFE, MY GOD, FOR IN YOU i TAKE REFUGE. #scripture #psalm #biblequote
Keep Me Safe Art Print: FIND HERE   Black and White Home Decor & Design Inspiration

Black and white tile is so chic, and here are some examples I love.

This encaustic tile is one of my favorites of all time!

Medina 8" x 8" Cement Tile in Black and White
Black and White Cement Tile: FIND HERE  Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration

Black and white and minimal often feels Scandinavian, yes?

Moroccan Pouf, Black and White - Accessories #leatherottoman #leatherpouf
Black Moroccan Pouf: FIND HERE   Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration

Care to add just a touch of black to your white kitchen?

Black With White Stripes Turkish Towel
Black with White Stripes Turkish Towel FIND HERE  Black and White Home Decor & Design Inspiration
"Matthew 7:14" - Art Print by aticnomar in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes.#scripture #quoteprint
Matthew 7:14 Art Print: FIND HERE  Black and White Home Decor Ideas & Design Inspiration

I can’t wait to share a ton of black and white inspiration found at Magnolia and the Silos! Have you seen lots of black and white inside and out homes in your neck of the woods?

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Kristin
    March 5, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Good Morning!

    You blessed my heart this morning. Nothing I enjoy more than looking at beautiful design inspiring rooms interspersed with scripture. Have a blessed day!

    • michele
      March 5, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Thanks for blessing me in turn, Kristin. Peace to you. 🙂

  2. March 5, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Beautiful post Michele! Black & white is hard to beat. Plus it’s the perfect setting for an art collection!

    • michele
      March 5, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Good point, Holly! That would make a great blog post topic! 🙂

  3. Joanna
    March 5, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    I’m in love with the black & white bath with gold accents. Saving that to my Pinterest for when I do my master bath.

    • michele
      March 5, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      I have never done a black and white bath, and there are so many good reasons to go for this classic combination! 🙂

  4. Rhonda
    March 5, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    I have loved black and white combos for a long time, but more so when wood is integrated as in the bath from Kate Marker and ThriftyDecorMag you included. And, I for one, can’t wait to hear and see more about the Waco trip. It’s on my bucket list.

    • michele
      March 5, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      I so agree. I helped my sister with her black and white bedroom recently, and we shopped for interesting woven chairs and rustic wood bowls which changed the whole feel – those organic additions make it feel younger and chic. Lots of pics and info about visiting Magnolia coming up later this week if I’m ambitious. Just got home! 🙂

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