The Best Color Wall to Put Black & White Photos on


You've enlarged black-and-white photos of your loved ones, as well as black-and-whites of items in nature like the flowers of your spring garden or the oak trees in your backyard. Now all you have to do is find the perfect wall in your home for displaying your art; neutral colors can make the photos blend with the rest of the room decor, while bold hues will bring more attention to the beautiful photos you've taken.

Kelly Green

  • The refreshing Kelly shade of green is an ideal accent for large, framed black-and-white artwork. Green is a member of the "cool" color family, so it will complement both neutral shades in the photo well and add a calming effect to the room. Kelly green is easy on the eye as well, so it will be easy for family and loved ones to get a good look at the artwork on display once it's added to the wall. Adding black paneling to green walls is a sound decorative addition as well, since it will match the darker elements in the photos.

Cobalt Blue

  • The cool shade of cobalt blue is both bold and soothing, and will give your black and white pictures both a modern touch. Housing the photos in silver frames before adding them to a blue wall makes for a classy color combination, and using dark or electric blue frames will make the pictures appear as if they are protruding from the walls, which adds an impressive visual effect. Electrifying shades of blue with tinges of purple are a visually appealing complement to black and white photos as well, since cool colors meld well with both dark and light neutral tones.


  • Red is the ideal warm color component to artwork that is solely in black and white. Black and red look great together, and muted shades of white and gray in the photos will be intensified when added to a vibrant shade of red like tomato or chili pepper. Slightly understated shades of red like paprika or cranberry work well with black and white artwork as well, and black frames will bring out the color of the wall while naturally drawing eyes to the artwork.


  • Gray, the combination of white and black, is classy and modest. If your black and white art is housed in a frame that is a darker shade of gray than the wall or a metallic shade like silver or platinum, the pictures will be even more noticeable. Shades of gray paint that are mixtures of blue or green will accent colorless photos well, too, and grays with tinges of purple add elegance to a room where black-and-white photos are displayed. Frames in varying shapes will help to bring more attention to the photos, as they may tend to blend into a gray wall.

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