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 to create a space that will most certainly never go out of style.
Monochrome is the perfect base for any interior project. The juxtaposition and interplay between black and white help to visually break up a living space. 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. Here the black walls work to create the perfect canvas to build upon. Pair with natural woods for a look that’s chic and inviting.
Black and white work well to break up your space, defining common areas to create a more open and airy feel. Here the monochrome palette creates 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.
A top tip for small spaces, pair a black wall with a black sofa like in this cool loft space. This is visual trickery at its best, the sofa blends into the wall to give the illusion that it’s taking up less floor space in your room.
Furniture can be the perfect starting point for any interior scheme. Try choosing a black, white or grey sofa as the building blocks for your monochrome look. You can then build up from here with accessories.
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.
Here the gorgeous grey rug, scatter cushions and throw create a cosy haven in this otherwise minimal interior.
Berber or sheepskin rugs are so on trend and a great way of bringing texture into a space – ideal for adding a snugness to an otherwise cool interior.
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.
Black and copper are a marriage made in heaven. Try planting in a copper hanging flowerpot for a modern and contemporary feel.
Monochrome stripes, herringbone patterns checks and spots work to create a lively interior that will not go unnoticed.
Start in the hallway if you’re feeling brave. This showstopping zig-zag wallpaper is a real way to make an entrance. What would be brash is simply stylish purely because it’s in black and white.
Geometric patterns work harmoniously with monochrome colours. This monochrome rug elevates the whole aesthetic in an otherwise somewhat tired dining room – a simple accessory with a striking pattern.
Black and white tiles are a classic and distinctive choice. A checkerboard floor is perfect for hallways, kitchens and bathrooms alike. Try bringing this trend into the dining room for a clean and refined look.
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.
If you prefer something a little more subtle but still want to experiment with colour, muted lemon yellow works 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 into a space. Kill two birds with one stone by using copper or gold pendants to add all important colour and illuminate your space at the same time.
Similarly to using various textures, 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 at once. 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 into your space.
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.
Alternatively, if you prefer precision and uniformity try framing similarly themed prints in a row.
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. Ideal for art connoisseurs and aesthetes.
Lay it bare
Go minimal. Black and white interiors are synonymous with Scandi-chic living because of the pared-back aesthetic. For a mindful workspace remove the clutter from your colour palette as well as your desk.
This visually simple living room instantly evokes 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 hodge-podge, when monochrome is employed you can go wild, safe in the knowledge that everything looks chic in black and white.