Why You Need Black and White Abstract Art

Whether balancing traditional furnishings or breaking up saturated colors, black and white art is decidedly high-impact and always chic.

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 abstracts 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 increasingly popular, we're reluctant to call this look a trend, as we consider it timeless and see no end in sight to its popularity and impact. Read on for reasons you should incorporate abstract art into your own home. 1 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. 2 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. 3 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. 4 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. 5
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 Zinc Doors by Franz Kline, $40, Art.com A3 OOAK Philosophy Black and White Ink Wash Painting, $45, Manjuzaka Peter Dunham Circles, Price Upon Request, Natural Curiosities 
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Michael Dopp Print 5 by Michael Dopp, $35, Little Paper Planes R.M. Phoenix Print 5 by R.M. Phoenix, $35, Little Paper Planes Deluge by Cheryl Humphreys, $350, The Tappan Collective
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 Untitled, 1957 by Franz Kline, $210, Art.com  A3 OOAK Manjuzaka Zen Black and White Ink Wash Painting, $45, Manjuzaka  Black and White Painting Expressive Abstract Art, $400, Robyn Muller Art
Photographs: B & B Italia, Aerin Lauder, Jeff Andrews, Paul van den Berg, via Desire to Inspire, MMR Interiors, Kate Spade, Cynthia Frank via Elle Decor, Kristin Kerr Interiors, Lauren Buxbaum via Lonny, Miles Redd, Orland Diaz-Azcuy, Courtesy of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, via The Glamourai, Courtesy of High Gloss, via HonestlyWTF
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