Monochrome Interiors
Trend with Karin Reiten

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Amber Moore
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June 27, 2018

When you picture a monochromatic interior, what comes to mind? Are you immediately picturing a plain, one-dimensional interior – some might even say boring? If your answer is yes, Karin Reiten’s home is about to completely change your mind.

This gorgeous Nordic home is lovely and bright with big windows and an open layout. It is a perfect example of how well a monochrome interior can work when you utilise a few simple tips and tricks.

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As Karin’s home depicts, a monochrome style can have countless benefits for your home. Not only is the style timeless, it also gives the home a very sophisticated feel no matter how expensive and luxurious the furniture itself happens to be.

Most monochrome interiors feature a predominantly white background, and Karin’s home is no exception. Along with naturally making your home feel bigger and brighter, it gives you a solid foundation to work on – almost any piece of furniture will look good on a white backdrop.

This has the added bonus of simplifying your decorating process as there’s no threat of your colour scheme ever clashing.

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Introducing the monochrome trend to your home doesn’t mean you’re forever banned from colour. If you look at Karin’s gorgeous living room, you’ll see that she frequently includes subtly coloured accents, including muted pink and teal sofa cushions.

Karin has also included colour throughout her home using indoor plants. The added greenery and subtle pops of pink from fresh flowers are a welcomed addition to the decor.

You can bring some excitement to this type of interior with metallic accents – in fact, many homes that exhibit the mixed metals trend begin with a monochrome base.

That said, make sure you have a handle on how much colour you add, and the same can also be said for patterns. While some may opt for a more eclectic view on the monochrome trend, we don’t want to start taking away from the minimalist vibe. Less is more, after all…

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Whilst Karin’s home is beautiful, it may not always reflect your own personal style… so why not adapt it to suit you? You can take her idea of a grey feature wall, and instead go bold with a black feature wall in your home – just be careful to keep the rest of the room light to ensure it doesn’t feel cramped.

If you’d prefer smaller black features, but still want to pack a style-punch, consider black statement furniture. Karin’s dining chairs bring the perfect depth to her dining room – and never underestimate the power of statement lighting like her Copenhagen Pendant Light.

Similarly, the black and white vibe may not suit you. But that doesn’t mean the monochrome trend can’t work in your home. Monochrome means one colour – that can be any colour you like. You could easily create a monochrome-style interior that only uses shades of blue, and produce a beautiful home.

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One thing you will notice around Karin’s home is lots of monochrome artwork and home accessories such as vases and clocks. These are really important in a monochrome interior to tie the colour scheme together and make it look homey, rather than clinical.

This is not to say that you should acquire an abundance of clutter; a few simple accessories will finish the home nicely and still maintain a flow throughout the interior.

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So there you go, anyone can incorporate the monochrome interiors trend to their home with ease. To get more monochrome inspiration from Karin’s lovely home, head over to her instagram @karin.alicer.

Amber Moore

Amber Moore

Amber is an interior enthusiast from London, and is a firm believer that pale pink goes with everything. She lives for Grey's Anatomy, beautiful Scandinavian interiors and cute puppies - or anything fluffy really!