There are times when we obsess about décor and furnishings. Some of us save up to buy that single iconic chair or loveseat that will elevate the interiors to a whole new level. Then there are occasions when we endlessly ponder over color schemes and accent hues. Yet, the most personal and beautiful part of a home is often a display of some cherished moments framed up and arranged with cherished symmetry.
Photographs and photo galleries are nothing new when it comes to interior design.
In fact, they are one feature that might be as old as our ability to create permanent dwellings!
The Dying swan in black and white steals the show here with grace and balance!
by AMW Design Studio
Despite this age-old fascination with photographs, contemporary residences and semi-minimalist trends are altering the way we look at adorning our walls with prints. Decorating with black and white photography is seeing new heights thanks to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use neutral colors and muted tones. Here are a few arrangements and dazzling displays that will inspire you to get started on this bold and striking path –
Bring in uniformity despite varying sizes of photo-frames by using black and white prints
Grey contemporary interiors stylishly combined with black and white prints
Sleek and stylish dining room with hints of red
Snapshot in black and white takes center stage here
by Megan Buchanan
Sophisticated Vancouver residence draped in black, white and gray
by Douglas Williams Photography
Wall next to the staircase is a popular spot for the display of photographs
by Dumican Mosey Architects
Personal photographs in the bedroom give your home an exclusive appeal
Glittering interiors in black and white with a hint of red
by COLECCION ALEXANDRA
Custom wall murals are not all that hard to create
by Décor Demon
Shades of Contemporary Charm
With home owners and designers sticking to backdrops in warm earthen shades of cool muted tones, an image in color can often disturb the flowing form. Black and white photographs add uniqueness, depth, character and style to walls without upsetting the color scheme of the room. They also seem to accentuate the impact of accent colors like red, yellow and green. Doubling up as lovely standalone art pieces that blend with plush neutral décor and as cool personal image collection, black and white prints are multidimensional and easy to incorporate.
Splashes of yellow accents surround photo arrangement in black and white
by Esther Hershcovich
Bold dash of orange in the dining room
While interior design is all about filling up the empty space within the walls, one must never fill a home completely. There must always be an empty spot on the wall waiting for the perfect photograph or print to come along. This way, when you do find that last missing piece, you will have the satisfaction of a completed quest and a room waiting to welcome its latest addition!
Adding to the black and white panorama!
Rule of threes seems to work pretty well for photographs as well!
by CHROMA Design Lab + Interiors
Square frames in a large frame arrangement give the room geometric variance
by Charlie & Co. Design
Accent colors look far more impressive when surrounded by black and white
by K West Images
Add some adventure to your interiors with travel inspired black and white canvas
by Z Gallerie
Black and white photographs add to neutral interiors without disturbing the color scheme
by L K DeFrances & Associates
Cute and cuddly additions to a cozy bedroom in cream and white
by Michelle Hinckley
Nostalgic and Exclusive
Black and white photographs carry along with them a sense of nostalgia and the charm of an era gone by. Photographs are all about capturing those fleeting moments of time that never reiterate. Black and white prints carry a depth that seems to be missing even in the most extravagant color images. Add to it the contrast of the two shades along with the grays and you have a framed image that seems to take you back in time instantly. Unlike wall art in color, these images seem sophisticated and stylish in an unassuming and modest manner.
Black and white photographs of stars from cinema’s golden era for the home theater
by Silvan Homes
Eclectic kids’ bedroom with fashionable prints in black and white
by michelle williams interiors
When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls! This goes for all black and white prints as they capture the essence of a natural setting and go much beyond the exterior. It is this special quality of black and white images that makes them so mesmerizing and transcendental.
Chocolate and vanilla living space with single large photograph
by Pleasant Living
Gorgeous black and white print of Audrey Hepburn is a dramatic addition to this scarlet setting
by (m) + Charles Beach Interiors
Iconic artist Sally Mann’s photographs form a perfect backdrop for the Egg Chair
by Chloe Warner
Long corridors in white bring home an art gallery atmosphere!
Modern bathroom in white with a neatly placed black and white print
by d’apostrophe design
Picture ledge with black and white photos creates an elegant focal point in a bright room
by John Lum Architecture
Textured and wavy wall in white complements the image of a crashing wave perfectly
by Turn Collaborative
Shining the Spotlight Just Right!
The most important aspect of creating an art gallery or display in black and white is lighting. Just like in every other case, lighting can make or break your picturesque collection. Rail or track lighting is always best option as they shed spotlight squarely on the lovely framed prints. This also helps eliminate any chance of glare disturbing the aesthetic appeal of the collection. Black and white photographs can be mixed and matched in several different ways. Photo frames in various sizes can come together to offer contrast even as their lack of color forms a flowing and unifying factor.
Captivating photographs by Helmut Newton for the contemporary home office
by Atmosphere Interior Design
Light up your entrance-way with some stunning images
by Forum Phi
Floating shelves and tops of bookcases are also great places to decorate with photographs. These give you the added benefit of doings o without causing any damage to the walls. Whether it is a single large image of a nature at its imperious best, or a star from an era gone by or a snapshot of an important moment in your past, black and white photographs bring them alive with class. Easy to try out, these displays transform your interiors instantly. Give them a shot and notice the new-found sophistication!
Floating shelves make it easier to decorate with photographs
Stacked and leaning photographs exude a lovely casual vibe
by Roger Hirsch Architect
Bedrooms offer a private hub to frame and treasure your most cherished moments
by Tracy Murdock Allied
Custom photo wall display looks far more impressive when done in black and white
by AFP Interiors
Single photograph in black and white can be equally appealing
by Schwartz and Architecture
Wooden backdrop in dark brown presents a stunning canvas for black and white prints
by poggi design
Usher in some much needed contrast with black and white prints