How to decorate with black and white photographs
By Amy Wright | May 19, 2021
Humans see the world in color. Our brains process a dizzying array of colorful messages every time we open our eyes. Even if you're not conscious of it, color sets the mood for much of your life. If color is such a critical factor, why remove it from the equation?
Viewing the world in monochrome makes us pause and take a closer look. Without the distraction of colors, you focus on the story—the soul-stirring emotions triggered by simplicity. That's the power of black and white, and you can use it to create a stunning yet simplistic ambiance in your home. Try these tips to decorate with black and white photography prints.
Keep it simple
Avoid the temptation to fill a bare wall with a randomly placed photo collage or pack too many images in one space. It might sound cliché, but to keep it simple lets you focus on what matters—the photograph's subject. Use grids to place framed prints in a gallery wall seamlessly. Because of their symmetry, grids are pleasing to the eye. They're also the most uncomplicated layout!
How many grids should you use? It depends on the size of the wall and the number of photos you plan to hang. For example, two grids with two prints in each work well behind a sofa. If you're working with a blank canvas (no furniture or other décor covering the wall), you can create a larger grid.
Symmetrical floor-to-ceiling grids make a stunning presentation on a narrow wall. An asymmetrical arrangement or even a single print can also make a dazzling display.
Tell your story in black and white
Suppose you have thumb drives full of images—so many that you're overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing the ones you want to print. Select those photos that have personal meaning, including:
- Family photos and portraits
- Action shots
- Still life
Even old photos tell a story. Using vintage photography art prints as a storytelling tool evokes memories of days gone by. You'll notice the theme of simplicity associated with black and white photos in just about every vintage print.
A word about frames
There are two primary things to consider when selecting frames for black and white photography prints: size and color. Plan frame sizes before ordering your prints.
Use paper and scissors to cut out the different sizes you're considering, or painter's tape to mark off rectangles on the wall. Mocking up the space gives you the freedom to play with various arrangements and sizes. As far as frame color, black and white frames complement the tones found in black and white photos. Both classically beautiful options! If your interior design themes lean toward a rustic look, use an espresso wood frame for your black and white framed prints.
A classic mat will add instant elegance to your display. Consider a white photo mat to complement your clean and simplistic décor as well as help the view focus on the subject matter.
What about canvas prints?
Who doesn't need a moment of respite from the chaos of everyday life? Black and white photos printed on custom canvas prints can create a calming focal point in any room.
Canvas art also makes a sleek, chic statement and goes with any interior design and color scheme. Our prints come in a wide variety of sizes as well as custom print sizes, so no matter the size of your room, your black and white photo will look incredible printed on a perfectly sized and handcrafted canvas print.
Ready for a stunning new look?
You cannot go wrong when you include black and white photographs (in frames or on canvas) to your décor. Whether you're going for classic elegance or a playful, unique look, the team at Canvaspop makes it fun and easy. Let our design experts help you choose the best photos to print. We're also happy to help with frames and tips on arranging your new wall art to make the greatest impact.