Make it monochrome at home

Colour fashions for the home come and go but black and white has staying power as an interior combination. It looks smart and elegant and you can use it in any room. It’s pretty easy to work with, too, but there are just a few guidelines you might like to follow to ensure your rooms are modern monochrome rather than nostalgic vision...

Here’s a solution if your room is lacking in light, or you’d just like to dabble in a little black and white room design schemes without the full-on drama. Make white the predominant element of your room, and just add black as an accent. Simple, effective and really rather lovely. These carved wall panels (above) are from Nordic House.

Revamping your kitchen? A black and white combo looks fabulous for your hub-of-the-home. High-gloss white units will keep the space bright, and they’ll look even cleaner and whiter contrasted with a black worktop, such as this Silestone Doradus Quartz from Stone Masters (below). Make your scheme contemporary by choosing appliances with a white finish.

Don’t neglect your smallest room. Dress it to impress with a black and white wallpaper – this is Lotus from Farrow & Ball – to make it a space with personality rather than an apology for a room. When black dominates in your monochrome scheme, make sure your space has good lighting if you don’t want to end up stumbling around in the gloom.

Think about the artwork. Black and white images make for a powerful display, and teamed with white walls and black furniture help create a loft-style vibe. The secret to success is scale. A feature wall is great in a large room, but you might want to choose something smaller if your room’s more compact, or the space is busier. This mural is from Purlfrost, and if sinewy cyclists aren’t your cup of tea, there's plenty of images to choose from.

Soft furnishings in white are not life’s most practical option unless you and yours are amazingly well-behaved. Instead, what about completing your black and white room scheme with a touch of grey – which after all is a mixture of the two, so can’t be cheating, can it? It’ll provide contrast, and save the blushes of the accident-prone, which is only polite. Opening Doors wallpaper in Liquorice, below is Sophie Conran for Arthouse. 

Brink and Campman has got a fabulous selection of rugs including these for those who want to make a statement in monochrome.Iconic cities and landmarks is the focus in these pieces from Manhattan Pictures.

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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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