When it comes to interior decorating, monochrome is always a winner. This simple palette is sophisticated, visually striking and - best of all - timeless. So not only is it an easy look to achieve (you can't really get it wrong!), it's one that won't date. We've rounded up some contemporary examples of monochrome magic...
One fail-safe way to approach your designer black and white style is to keep the 'canvas' white (floors, walls, and large pieces of furniture), and then use black for all your secondary pieces - chairs, occasional tables, lights. Add just a couple of accents of different colours, materials or textures (here they have the grey shaggy rug and the copper lamp) and you're done! We'd love to see our black bean bag chair and matching black bean bag ottoman in this space.
Black and white is bold, but it can also be a little cold. To soften the look, add natural textures - in this stylish bedroom, the iconic Scandinavian fabric pendant light offers a feminine touch, and the grey wool throw across the bed also makes the space feel a little more casual and inviting...
Yes please to that black trio of coffee tables, that chunky wool cushion, the photographic art print... all of it! Introducing potted plants is a great way to soften the monochrome style, and there's a new trend of actually having small trees inside the home (we personally love how dramatic it looks!). We'd love to see how this space looks with one (or two) of our circular beanbag ottomans in place of those coffee tables.
Classic Scandi-style, mwah! Add personality to the monochrome look by choosing fun, affordable homewares in black and white. We love all the cushions, the ottomans, the pair of Danish candlesticks, and the giant number 6 and letter A.
A black and white palette goes great with industrial touches. Here, they've got the cluster of industrial cage lights, a huge antique trunk as a side table, and a very simple vintage industrial dolly on castors. These more weathered vintage pieces look awesome alongside the clean lines of the contemporary black and white elements.
(P.S: One of our deep grey beanbag chairs would be both cool and comfy here, in place of the black wire chair.)
Black and white can still be casual, as this master bedroom shows. We love the idea of having one wall (or even half a wall) painted in bold black to stand in as a headboard. Do you know what would be yummy in this space? A giant floor cushion, perhaps in light grey or even navy blue... the perfect spot to lay and read all those magazines!
Another cool contemporary example of monochrome style. This space also shows another good idea - pick one or two (maximum) complementary colours to marry with your monochrome, and use them as an accent. Here they've used baby blue and soft grey to beautiful effect. The great thing about black and white is, when trends, seasons or taste change, you can simply update the coloured accent pieces (cushions, bowls, affordable art) for a whole new aesthetic!