Working the Monochrome Trend
Contemporary interiors: 7 top tips as to how you can make monochrome work for you
The monochrome trend embodies timeless and classic design, whilst maintaining a modern feel. Whether you choose to go for bold black and white interiors with strong geometric themes or simple and elegant shades of grey for a Scandinavian aesthetic, monochrome is the perfect building block for any chic and contemporary interior.
Take a look at our top tips to get you started this year by creating a space that will most certainly never go out of style. #endlessinteriortrends
1. Build strong foundations
Monochrome is the perfect base for any interior project. You can add grey to the mix to blend the aesthetic and create a cohesive theme in a room.
Scandinavian interiors often use minimalism so white or grey walls act as the perfect base for a pared-back Scandi vibe. You can build upon these foundations but it’s a great place to start creating your monochromatic look.
Black walls create a dramatic back-drop that still maintains a homely feel. The black walls work to create the perfect canvas to build upon. Pair with natural wooden shelving or flooring for a look that’s chic and inviting. A top tip for small spaces, is to pair a black wall with a black shelf to give the illusion that the shelf is not using up any of your restricted wall space.
Black and white work well to break up your space, defining common areas to create a more open and airy feel. The monochrome palette can create a coherent look between the living and dining spaces. The white walls, dark room divider and smoky furniture works to create a sophisticated and grown-up aesthetic – a great example of zoning done well.
2. Layer it up
When your colour palette is limited it’s important to use natural light and incorporate contrasting textures and materials to keep the look warm and liveable. Layering is key, keeping the look fresh and contemporary whilst adding comfort.
Plants bring a monochromatic scheme to life with gorgeous foliage that brings a touch of colour to your room too. For a sleek look stick to greenery – great choices are eucalyptus, cheese plants and cacti. Also why not add some class to your bathroom interiors by ‘mix and matching’ black and white accessories from towel rails, soap dispensers to robe hooks.
3. Go bold
Go bold this season, with monochrome stripes, herringbone, geometric patterns, checks and spots to create a lively interior that will not go unnoticed.
Start in the hallway if you’re feeling brave with these black and white chequered tiles, to make a classic entrance. Try bringing this trend into the lounge or dining room for a clean and refined look.
4. Break the rules
Add a pop of colour to a monochrome room for stand-out style. My advice is to add accents of acid yellow for that extra punch. However, if you prefer something a little more subtle but still want to experiment with colours, reds and Aubergines also work well with greys, black and white.
It’s so important to create a comfortable atmosphere for your home and lighting is a wonderful way to bring ambience to a room, by using some bold and bright coloured accessories.
5. Go eclectic
Using various textures and mixed materials can also depth to your room. Wood brings a natural warmth to moody blacks and crisp whites, whilst accents of brass, gold and marble add a luxe finish.
When restricting your colours, feel free to be bold with your choices. Mix up decades by pairing on trend 70s accessories with mid-century modern pieces and antiques. The black and white theme will keep the scheme consistent.
Mixing finishes adds a unique richness to a black and white interior. Try pairing matt white with shiny black surfaces to add interest to your space.
6. Make a display
A gallery wall is a gentle introduction to the monochrome trend when you don’t want to commit to tiles or walls. Use mismatched shapes and sizes for a captivating display.
When sticking to all white walls use your bookcase to introduce that flicker of ebony – the perfect marriage of form and function.
Place frames against a black wall for an artistic and tasteful display that really stands out.
7. Lay it bare
Go minimal. Black and white interiors are synonymous with Scandi-chic living because of the pared-back aesthetic. The simple living room interiors below instantly evoke a sense of calm, the perfect spot to relax on after a hectic day. Clean, crisp and pure proving less really is more.
When you strip back to the bare bones of colour and restrict your palette to monochrome you’re actually opening yourself up to a whole new range of possibilities.
Whether you prefer clean and crisp interior styling or an eclectic hodgepodge, when monochrome is employed you can go wild, safe in the knowledge that everything looks chic in black and white.