How to create a luxurious home with black and white decor

How to Decorate with Black & White | Not sure about decorating in monochrome or neutral colors? Follow designer Tamara Magel's lead and learn how to create your own luxurious home using black and white decor.

Black & White Design Inspiration from Tamara Magel

Award winning designer Tamara Magel has a knack for creating comfortable, stylish homes with a variety of textures, colors, and natural materials. Her most recent project was transforming a young couple’s unit in a luxurious New York skyscraper. While this home is filled with luxury textiles, one-of-a-kind light features, and original artwork, you can achieve the same aesthetic on a budget by following Tamara’s design techniques.

Tamara’s Parisian farmhouse chic look is achieved by using black and white decor as the base for each room. Gold accents and strategic pops of color add to the sophisticated, luxurious feel. Read on to view stunning photos of Tamara’s work, along with tips for creating your own luxurious home using black and white decor.

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To make a sophisticated statement without going overboard, pick a black and white patterned wallpaper for your entryway. Take Tamara’s lead and add artwork with a splash of color to complete the space.

Gorgeous black and white entry with wallpaper and a pop of color (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Living Room

By adding deep purple chairs to this living room, Tamara creates a focal point while adding depth to the otherwise white, black, and gold decor. If you’re not ready to commit to colored chairs, opt for throw pillows in a bold hue to achieve a similar effect.

Beautiful neutral living room with black accents (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Lovely neutral black and white living room (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Lovely neutral black and white living room. Love the marble coffee table!

Dining Room

Here Tamara demonstrates the power of a bold color like royal blue or emerald for dining room chairs. Keep everything else neutral to achieve this stunning effect. A black table with a centerpiece of white flowers and gold vases creates an inviting, laid back atmosphere.

Beautiful dining room! Love the black built-ins, and those blue velvet dining chairs are divine! (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Lovely black and white home decor and dining room area


Combining different black and white textiles, like Tamara did in this bedroom, creates wonderful texture. Take your black and white palette a step further by painting an accent wall a deep charcoal or black as seen here. Complete the look with a timelessly elegant, crisp white bedspread or duvet cover and a fur throw for a hint of pizazz.

Gorgeous black and white master bedroom design (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Black and white with marble and gold. That bedside lamp is amazing, and this room is gorgeous! (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)


For a streamlined look, aim to follow Tamara’s lead and incorporate a black and white palette into every room in your home. You’ll find a bathroom benefits greatly from this clean aesthetic. Gold and silver hardware, combined with crisp white towels trimmed in black, add an unmistakable hint of luxury and glamour.

black and white neutral marble bathroom (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Closet/Dressing Room

If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in-closet or dressing room, paint the walls and any furniture a crisp white. Add a beautiful rug for a pop of color and a unique pendant light or chandelier to showcase your sense of style.

Love it! Neutral white room with black accents and a bright rug (designed by Tamara Magel via @Remodelaholic)

Images courtesy of Tamara Magel and Wunderlich Kaplan Communications.

Looking for more ways to incorporate a black and white palette into your home decor?

Check out other Remodelaholic articles like Black and White Master Bedroom Reveal, Black & White Painted Bathroom Remodel, and How to Decorate with Winter Whites.

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  1. This is marvelous! My favourite color is black, but I didn’t think like this ever. I mean decorating whole house with black and white. I think this is unique. We will renovate our living room after Christmas and I will definitely consider this concept. Many thanks Clarissa 🙂