Monochrome decor is something that walks the very thin line between being stunning and being a bit vulgar, some people get it incredibly right where as some don’t quite manage it! Having said that, monochrome never seems to go out of style, so if you do get it right, your scheme should endure season after season without aging. Because colourless schemes can be so tricky I have spent hours scouring interior blogs and magazines to work out the formula for a successful monochromatic interior, so you don’t have to!
50 shades of Grey
Block black and white always looks quite harsh, adding shades of grey can dramatically soften a monochromatic scheme and take it from gaudy to Scandi without much effort at all. Layering different tones of grey soft furnishings and accessories is the key to a sophisticated and cosy black and white home. Whilst a large contrast can look striking in certain homes (think Parisian apartments with historic architraves and expansive balconies) it doesn’t always look right in homes that lack architectural character.
Use Pattern and Texture In Place of Colour
To keep your home from looking dull, luxe textures and patterns can be used in place of colour; velvets, linens and concrete all look stunning in mono shades. Patterns will stop your home looking empty and bland so go bold and forget any rules you hear about clashing, nothing monochrome clashes!
Natural textures and tones are welcome in any environment but they are particularly charming in colourless spaces. A timber floor or rattan accessories make black and white schemes look more authentic and tasteful whilst living greenery can make a monochrome home come to life. Cheap ply wood and blonde timbers sit well against B&W whilst dark mahogany can make a scheme look dated and drab.
Don’t Be Too Strict
If you fall in love with a print or cushion that doesn’t fit into your monochrome home don’t panic, little flashes of colour (particularly pastels and neutrals) can add another dimension to your interior, don’t write pieces off just because they don’t fit into the black and white category, try them out and see. If it’s something you can easily return like a cushion, leave the tags on and try it in the space, if you still aren’t sure you can take it back.
Unless you want your home to look bling (nothing wrong with that at all) try to steer clear of chrome and stainless steel! Brass, Gold and Copper all pull black and white from looking like a boutique nail salon and although these finishes can be slightly more expensive than your usual brushed stainless steel they are a worthwhile investment.
So that’s what I have learnt from perusing Pinterest for monochrome homes, but if you have any other tips I would love to hear from you!