Adding black & white as a color combo to any room adds a punch of contrast and interest without interfering with your color scheme. It can liven up a neutral room, or tone down a colorful one. Both modern and elegant, black & white is a designer secret to rooms that command attention without being overly formal. Use black & white in an unexpected space, such as a baby’s room or the kitchen for a style statement that still blends in with your decor. Or, just have some fun with it! These DIY black & white home decor projects are the perfect antidote to sleepy decor, and an easy update to tired rooms.
Our feature project below is from Jenni at ‘I Spy DIY’. You’ve probably seen us feature her before, ’cause she rocks the DIY world. If you haven’t been to her site or checked out her book, you are missing out! These DIY black & white poufs are a perfect beginners project, and have a secret. Vinyl spray paint! It won’t rub off! Check out her tutorial and her book while you are there.
Another project from Jenni, we love, love, love this DIY chalkboard wall! First of all, the styling in this shot is ah-mazing. But we love the graphic look of the “chalkboard wallpaper” and the fun way you can actually draw on it! The best thing about this project? The chalkboard part is a less than a $5 buy at Walmart! Go check out her post for all the details.
LOVING this DIY B&W diamond feature wall from Jenna at ‘Rain on a Tin Roof’. This transforms this room into something special. Great directions, and all this takes is some painters tape, paint, and elbow grease.
Learn how to transform a staircase with paint, from Rachel at ‘Maison de Pax’. You have to go check out the before photo of this project and see just how easy it is to paint stairs, even well worn ones and make them look awesome. Really effective but subtle use of the black & white.
Love the cowhide rugs you see in all the pretty home decor catalogs? Well ‘The DIY Mommy’ has figured out a way to make a DIY faux cowhide rug for less than $50! This could literally take you an hour to make, and no sewing involved.
From ‘Curbly’, make this DIY Ikea Stockholm inspired rug with carpet tiles. This tutorial tells you how to do it all, including how to secure it to the floor just like they do at ‘Flor’.
This DIY painted floorcloth canvas from ‘Design Sponge’ is such a pretty look for this entryway. And canvas is really hardwearing, so perfect for a high traffic area!
Add some whimsy to your room with this DIY eye print cushion from Stephanie at ‘Make and Tell’. You won’t believe what she used as a template for the eye!
This next one is a Pinterest pin, and is a Kmart bath caddy simply painted black & white to make it more modern.
Using black & white wall art is an “anyone can do this” kind of project, but there are some secrets to getting it right. Take your clues from these talented bloggers, starting with this B&W gallery wall by Taryn from ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’. This wall art is simply B&W graphic printables, which BTW, you can download for free at her site! This wall art has meaning, which is the best kind of art.
This B&W gallery wall from ‘The Crafted Sparrow’ is also filled with meaningful art and tips on how to get her look. Love the feather prints she did, go check out what they mean to her, you could use this too! Clipboard art? Yes!
Another Pinterest find (if anyone knows the source of this photo, please email us!) is this B&W photo wall. You could so a similar wall by simply attaching photos with poster putty so they can be removed later, or make it permanent by using Mod Podge and a foam brush to make photo “wallpaper”.
Our last one from ‘The Ivory Lane‘ shows the most important tip of all when creating a gallery wall. Don’t hang the frames too far apart! That’s the number one mistake people make in hanging an art grouping. How easy would this wall be to copy?Image Credits: I Spy DIY, I Spy DIY, Rain on a Tin Roof, Maison de Pax, The DIY Mommy, Curbly, Design Sponge, Make and Tell, Design, Dining and Diapers, The Crafted Sparrow, The Ivory Lane