Monochrome doesn’t just mean black and white. To us the Monochromatic interior is one that is shaped with a stripped back palette, using texture and tone to create interest. Black and White come in many forms, from the deepest, dramatic black to flat matt black, and from pure strong white, to chalky flat white, meaning that a black and white scheme need not be harsh or boring.
In her book ‘The Brand Stylist‘ Fiona Humberstone writes…
“Black is undoubtedly what you think of when ‘monochrome’ is mentioned, but rather than naff 80’s black furniture think serenity and intimacy. Applied delicately and with simplicity black is a wonderfully calming accent for a scheme. Applied with full commitment black can add drama and amplify textures and colours if used as a backdrop.”
We love the paired-back schemes shown in these inspiration images here, there is something about a subtle monochromatic interior that oozes elegance and calm. Mixed with accents in metal, wood and marble, and textures in linen and wool these interiors can be classic and homely, (think of the feeling you get from faded old black and white photographs – simple and timeless).
Whether you are a minimalist seeking a clean and bright space, or you prefer a dark and delicious backdrop that provides a cocoon-like retreat from the outside world, these schemes can really alleviate the stresses of everyday life. The correlation between mood and colour cannot be denied and so if you are seeking a serene sanctuary then a monochromatic scheme really comes into it’s own. For example a fresh, white bedroom with layers of white and grey textures and tones can really help clear your mind at the end of a busy day.
A limited palette does not have to limit you, instead it can free you! An excellent book on this is by Celerie Kemble, ‘Black and White (and a bit in between)’. Celerie discusses the process she went through as a designer of setting herself the challenge of constraint to see if it reinvigorated her creative flow. In her words she “realized that a simplified palette can unlock a rich world’” Filled with gorgeous designs (and yes there is some colour in there), it’s a great reference if you are seeking the monochromatic look.
You don’t have to go all out and paint everything black! If you want a more subtle nod to the trend then you can introduce accessories that are rustic and organic, the natural texture will prevent the scheme from feeling too harsh. Using wood as a way to balance the coolness of black and white can be really effective, as well as accessorising with fur throws, cushions and plants.
If you are looking to translate a love of black and white into a scheme of your own then we have some simple home accessories shown below that can help achieve this look. Pop over to our website or click on the links below, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any enquiries.
Cabyn furniture, lighting and home accessories shown above:
More Monochrome inspiration can be seen on our Pinterest board – Elegant Monochrome