RL Picks: Top 8 Black-and-White Living Rooms

Living spaces defined by a chic and classic color scheme


Decorating the home can be a tricky process. In finding the perfect style for your personal space, it can be challenging to match furniture and home accessories. To make things easier, you can furnish your private sanctuary based on a particular color palette, like the timeless combination of black and white. 

For a couple of design ideas, here are 8 black-and-white living rooms that range from the elegant and sophisticated to the fun and quirky:

Minimalist Style for a Family Home Homeowners Hansel and Pinky Dela Cruz renovated their 400sqm bungalow into a multi-level home that would give their family more room and allow them to entertain friends and relatives. The result is a minimalist space that is clutter-free and contemporary.

In the living area, the plush white sofas and black leather stainless steel chairs are inviting enough for long periods of entertaining guests. Sliding doors in the living and dining areas open up to the lanai and a small garden.

The white sofas with dark wood armrests, black leather chairs in stainless steel frames, and the glass coffee table were all custom-made by CLT Gallerie Corp. Silver candleholders are from Rustan’s while the tall glass vase is from Play and Display.

See more photos and view the full home here:
Family Condo with Budget Finds and DIY Pieces For her personal space, this TV host mom used the opportunity as a way to challenge her imagination and creativity. Not only did she design a functional home with an area of 200sqm, she also filled the house with bargain finds and DIY pieces. The result is a stylish three-storey condo befitting a cool and carefree family.

The bold color scheme is most present in the home’s living area. The furniture pieces in solid colors work well with the print details of the zebra rug --- giving the area depth and a touch of whimsy.
The large die is actually a wooden coin bank from the homeowner's parents. She repainted it to look like a die and now serves as a side table.
One of the homeowner’s rules is to stick to classic pieces to make the space feel rich. This wooden shelf, bought for a bargain at an estate sale in Alabang, is filled with knickknacks and adds a cultured vibe to the area.

Even the small details around the home follow the color scheme as seen in the table accents and framed prints.

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Renovated 1960s Home with European Style For restaurateur Judy Tumanglao, a 1960s house was her dream home. However, there were a few problems with the space: jalousie windows hardly let in any light; pillars stood in the way of the living and dining areas; and the kitchen was in great need of a facelift.

Architects Ren and Jay del Rosario transformed the home by knocking down the pillars to make more space, widening the windows to let in more light, and reassigning rooms to create a brand new look.

Judy’s sophisticated style shines through in the living area, where all the pieces are either black or white. The neo-baroque white couch nicely sets the mood.
The couch and the ornate black chair are custom-made pieces by the Far East Furniture Company from Pampanga.

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Couple’s Condo with DIY Projects In the home of photographer Pat Martires and wife Peachy, the space is predominantly black and white, with chrome and steel interspersed with floral and vintage touches. The Martires home is indeed proof that opposites not only attract, but can also lead to a creative collaboration.

The black upholstered couch—a purchase agreed on by the couple—is softened by the black-and-white floral print and monochromatic sunny yellow throw pillows. The Matryoshka nesting dolls from Russia and other interesting curios are Peachy’s contributions from her travels as a flight attendant. The white wall anchors the predominantly dark-hued setup.
The living area fronts this black wall, in keeping the unit’s black-and-white motif. In stark contrast to the black sofa, this space features a white antique small cabinet. Meanwhile, the seemingly simple black clock used to be a wall clock, until Pat turned it into a desk one with the use of an adjustable clock.
To balance out the black color used in the space, a white IKEA lamp is seen. As a quirky touch, a Batman logo in white was added as a wall accent, too.
Bright yet discreet prints framed in black add character to the space.

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Retro Scandinavian Hip Style for an Alabang Home Interior designer Joy Ejercito has mastered this art of combining various styles to create unique spaces. She has applied the same principles in her own house, which she describes as “Retro Scandinavian Hip.” The Scandinavian influence is reflected in the clean, minimalist feel of the 900sqm, two-storey, six-bedroom structure while the retro style is conveyed through pieces with a vintage look.

The family's main living room can be found in the open-plan ground floor area next to a glass-railed staircase. An Ovvian Castrillo brass sculpture stands in one corner, while a Ramon Orlina glass sculpture sits on the coffee table. The paintings seen on the second floor are by Karen Baluyot from Galerie Francesca and Fred Ramirez from Manila Art Gallery.

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Two-Bedroom Condo with Sleek, Masculine Style To create a space that would celebrate his passions, Dr. Bien Po turned his two-bedroom condo into a “mini-gallery.” Aside from being stylish and comfortable, this bachelor pad reflects his love for travel, photography, graphic design, and even interior design.

In the living area, a black leatherette Papa Bear chair from local furniture store Space Encounters is paired with a white Chesterfield sofa. Bien shares that the Chesterfield sofa is a secondhand piece that he bought online from an interior designer. The area is completed with a brown sheepskin rug from Norway.

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Family Bungalow with a Black-and-White Palette In the mid-century home of artists Romain and Tanya Rivierre, the timeless black-and-white combination leaves a lasting impression. The blue walls and green borders on all the windows and doors were replaced with white walls and black borders. The couple also chose to reupholster old furniture pieces in the same hues for a uniform effect.

In the living area, the form, texture, and patterns of the black sofas, area rug, throw pillows, and side table help each piece stand out.

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Three-bedroom Townhouse with French Accents As someone who works in and with fashion every day, stylist Pam Quinones is no stranger to mixing and matching contrasting looks. Yet, after seeing her friend’s carefully decorated flat, Pam finally decided that she had had enough of her three-bedroom townhouse’s design schizophrenia—a frustrating confluence of Mediterranean and retro modern.

After experimenting with various themes, stylist Pam Quinones finally settles down in her personal space with neo-classic French pieces and solid shades of black, white, and gray.

In the living area, the first thing to catch the eye is the framed toile fabric, which blends beautifully with the massive sofa and matching armchair, a chair fashioned out of antique wood and custom-made by Calma, and the glass-topped coffee table with a capital base. The area is actually a collection of antiques, bargain buys, and modern innovations.
A tall bookcase serves as a functional but decorative piece in the living area. Books and magazines are stored neatly alongside carefully-chosen home décor.

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