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Mono­chrome is an en­dur­ing in­te­rior trend, and why wouldn’t it be? It’s sim­ple, el­e­gant and, when done right, a hard- hit­ting de­sign di­rec­tion with se­ri­ous style cre­den­tials. Think of stark white back­drops punc­tu­ated with solid black fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories, and com­plete the pic­ture with care­fully cho­sen tex­tures to in­tro­duce depth, com­fort and warmth.

Got that in your head? Then you’ll see that the mono­chrome home wouldn’t be out of place in the glossi­est of home mag­a­zine spreads – and I love it all the more for be­ing so easy to get right. And here’s how… Mono­chrome is all about the per­fect bal­ance be­tween sim­plic­ity and lux­ury. It is the pair­ing of a sim­ple colour com­bi­na­tion and ma­te­ri­als like mar­ble, brass, glass, sil­ver and gold. Sur­faces should be com­pletely free from clut­ter, and colours beyond black to white should only re­ally in­clude nat­u­ral tones, such as green­ery.

Given the sim­plic­ity of the mono­chrome colour pal­ette, you can re­ally mix it up when it comes to pat­terns – from stripes, to her­ring­bone and onto checks and spots. Pat­terns such as these can cre­ate fo­cus and in­ter­est in a room, draw­ing the eye and high­light­ing key pieces of fur­ni­ture. Plants have been huge through­out 2017 – thanks in no small part to our ob­ses­sion with Pan­tone’s colour of the year Green­ery – and it’s a trend you can eas­ily em­brace along­side mono­chrome.

Plants can be set in glass or black planters, or some­thing equally as sim­ple and un­der­stated, with lush greens and bold block colour flow­ers and fo­liage work­ing es­pe­cially well against a mono­chrome back­drop. Ideal place­ment for plants in the mono­chrome home in­cludes hall­ways, en­trances and din­ing ta­bles. Mono­chrome is com­ple­mented and em­pha­sised by sym­me­try – think even num­bers of chairs, vases and ac­ces­sories. Bal­ance fur­ni­ture on ei­ther side of the room with fur­ni­ture of a sim­i­lar size, though not nec­es­sar­ily of the ex­act same colour or ma­te­rial.

Lead­ing on from sym­met­ri­cal pair­ings, you can en­hance the im­pact of mono­chrome by us­ing con­trast­ing tex­tures – such as a su­per shiny ta­ble sur­face with richly up­hol­stered din­ing chairs, or chairs that fea­ture nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als – such as chunky wooden seats. If you’re not quite feel­ing the com­pletely clin­i­cal ap­proach that mono- chrome can achieve with­out deep colours and warm­ing hues, then wood is your friend. Con­sider us­ing dark and rich honey- coloured wood, or stripped back pale tim­ber for adding rus­tic per­son­al­ity. And re­mem­ber – your luxe ma­te­ri­als should be used to lighten, brighten and break up what could be swathes of white or black. Cou­ple white tiles with big block black cup­boards, or vice versa. What­ever the colour com­bi­na­tion of the tiles ( and re­mem­ber you can mix and match black and white) ev­ery choice looks ex­cep­tion­ally el­e­gant when nes­tled next to a pol­ished chrome or gold splash­back. In love with mono­chrome? Then go all out with stripped walls that are taken back to their bare min­i­mum and re­move fur­nish­ings from the win- dows. Large, bright, white spa­ces are all the bet­ter a set­ting in which your con­trast­ing black fur­ni­ture will sit – think of these spa­ces as Scandi/ Mono­chrome hy­brids.

I love the sheer ver­sa­til­ity of mono­chrome – from the slightly more tra­di­tional twist that honey- coloured wood can bring into the kitchen, to the all­out Scandi style di­rec­tion that can be seen in white wash rooms with pale pine floors. Per­haps it is this flex­i­bil­ity that forms the se­cret be­hind mono­chrome’s long- stand­ing reign as king of in­te­rior style di­rec­tions.

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