Monochrome Interiors

By Oliver Burns

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February 20, 2018|Luxury Design

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  • lack and white will always be a classic; a colour combination that isn’t dictated to by changing seasons, it has a timeless, elegant appeal.  Fresh, modern updates of this stylish palette have continued to feature on runways this season and it was a key look at Maison et Objet. Read on to find out what our designers think it takes to create the perfect monochromatic scheme.

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    Black and white often gets a bad rap. Despite its virtues, monochrome is often seen as cold and uninviting when used in interiors, and perhaps best reserved for commercial spaces such as art galleries and minimalist hotels. Living with a monochrome palette may not be to everyone’s taste, but with careful design, monochrome schemes can be just as pleasing to the eye as colour; delivering striking contrast, richness and warmth through elements such as architectural features, luxurious textures, couture detailing, strong print and a touch of colour.

With careful design, monochrome schemes can be just as pleasing to the eye as colour

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The key to creating a successful monochrome interior is allowing one colour to be the dominant partner in proportion to the other. It ensures the palette is more comfortable on the eye and will produce a more balanced space.

The absence of colour can provide a beautiful route to a calm and restful interior

Choosing the simplicity of monochrome, using a paired back combination of black, white and grey can be key to creating a a calm and restful retreat. Introducing pure grey can soften what is often seen as a stark contrast.

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Use neutral accents to layer the space against a black and white background.  This works particularly well in bedrooms and living spaces where a subtler palette may be required to achieve a calming atmosphere.


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    Pattern, when used carefully, can bring drama to a monochrome interior and with geometric prints and stripes showing no signs of losing their popularity, these can be incorporated easily through soft furnishings, flooring, wall coverings and accessories.

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Strong accent colours combine cleverly with black and white to lift a scheme.  This can be achieved in an understated way, that gently breaks up the contrast of monochrome, or it can be done as a statement for a high contrast approach.

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    Forgoing colour means that contrasting organic materials such as wood and marble add texture and work well by grounding the space with a softer touch, tempering the strict palette. Wood flooring or furniture is a good way of softening a black and white space.  Whilst layering and texture are key to crafting any interior, they’re even more critical to the monochromatic scheme. It plays a more prevalent role where colour is absent by enhancing the interplay between light and shadow. With soft, luxurious fabrics in a variety of finishes, seemingly similar colours can really be brought to life.

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Black absorbs light so introducing metallics to the scheme can help to lift a monochrome interior, in particular the current trend for copper or bold brass tones can create warmth and inject energy. Choose antique brass or nickel for a traditional feel, or the bright tones of copper and rose gold to add a contemporary touch.

The epitome of classic chic

When it comes to design, keeping it simple is often key to achieving an elegant finish. With careful consideration, teaming black and white can have a stunning effect, and is the epitome of classic chic.


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