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Decorating + Inspiration

Decorating With Black and White in 3 Steps

Gone are the days when decorating for babies and kids required primary color everything. The look we’re currently loving for the littles? The modern feel of black and white! Inspired by clean Scandinavian design, these deceivingly simple hues bring a room to life and meet the challenging task of staying relevant as your child grows and their — and your — taste evolves. Intimidated by black and white? Follow our three steps for bringing the color palette to your house while still making it feel like home.


Play with patterns


When working with bright colors, mixing patterns can be tricky. Black and white, though, offers the flexibility of pairing contrasting graphics together. In our black and white Emily & Meritt nursery, we combined horizontal and vertical stripes with repeating triangles, diamonds, and stars. It might sound like a lot, but they’re all anchored by the black and white theme found in each piece.

infuse pops of color


Offer a bit of the unexpected with a pop of color on the black and white. Whether it’s layering in a matching neutral like gold as we did with our Emily & Meritt Bookends or going bold with a bright pink, that extra color will inject some necessary depth to the room.

add texture to the walls


Now that we have patterns and color checked off, add a finishing touch with texture on the walls. Of course, a fresh coat of paint is key when redecorating a room, but we also like to include some extra character with wall decals or hangings. Decals that complement your chosen pop of color are a safe bet as well as a wall treatment that ties into your use of patterns like a graphic-focused woven tapestry.


How have you decorated for kids in black and white? Share pictures of the completed look with us by tagging #lovemypbk in your Instagram pictures!

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