Why You Need Black-and-White Abstract Art in Your Space

Black and White Abstract Art
Nicole Franzen

In our constant perusal of fabulous interiors and inspiring spaces, we're always drawn to the impact of black-and-white abstract art. Popping up everywhere and in a variety of interior styles, the look is always sophisticated and chic. Inspired by the work of artists such as Franz Kline and Richard Serra, black-and-white abstract art can be a welcome foil for traditional furnishings, function as a spot to rest the eye in colorful rooms, and add texture to minimalist decor.

Though the trend is increasingly popular, we're reluctant to call it such, as we consider it timeless and see no end in sight to its popularity and impact. Convinced to add a little black-and-white abstract art into your space? Find out how you can maximize its impact with these handy tips, and shop some of our favorite pieces.

Break From Tradition

In rooms full of traditional pieces, lines, fabrics, and patterns, a dose of abstract art in a simple palette of black and white will inject modern sensibility into the space. 

FormH2 The Heidies $N/A
Amir Guberstein Corridors #5 $1430
Sebastien Leon The Ties That Bind My Endless Skies #1 $765

Rest the Eye

In spaces where color reigns supreme, simplifying the artwork by restricting the color scheme to classic black and white gives your eye a place to rest. While the pattern and lines of the art may be undulating and busy, the break from saturated color will enhance the room's other elements. 

Balance the TV

To balance out your big black box, create a gallery wall to wrap around it. Doing so in black and white will flow seamlessly like an extension of the unit.

Make a Statement

When selecting a large piece of art, black and white is the safest choice. A statement piece will serve as a classic part of your decor and stand the test of time, matching whatever styles evolve when you redecorate.

Among the Leaves
Kendra Dandy Among the Leaves $400
Through Her Eyes
Sepideh Ilsley Through Her Eyes $400
Matthew Tucker Drawing #13
Mathew Tucker Drawing #13 $200

Add Drama

Nothing pulls a vignette together like a large piece of abstract art. Whether you're adding interest over a sofa or uniting elements in a foyer, these paintings command attention. 

White Orchid Prints Abstract Prints
White Orchid Prints Black & White Abstract Watercolor Prints $74
Natural Curiosities Folden Cinematic Landscapes: Napa 1 $3285
John Chang Connection 3 $605

Create Dimension

In streamlined spaces, a large piece of abstract art adds dimension and movement. The imperfect lines and brushstrokes contrast with sharp edges and sleek surfaces, resulting in eye-catching tension. 

Midcentury Modern Painting
Hannah Lee Abstract Midcentury Modern Painting $200
Geometric Paper Print
Pottery Barn Geometric Silhouette Paper Print $249
Artolo Black and White Print
Artolo Black and White Print $9

Go Eclectic

Put together some vintage black and white photographs rather than hanging the typical eclectic mix of paintings. The clean look will then allow you to add colors in other decorative elements.

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