Style trend: Monochrome
You know what they say about ebony and ivory. Create a harmonious scheme in any room in your home with these brilliant monochrome buys
In black and white
Monochrome schemes are a firm fixture on the interiors scene, but in 2015, the simplicity and elegance of a black, white and grey colour palette has been given a warming boost with natural materials, graphic patterns and hints of metallic accents. It’s a look that will never go out of style and the good news is that today’s pattern-rich monochromes are easily pulled into a room with stylish textiles, crockery and accessories.
Warm it up
You might worry that a monochrome space could look cold or uninviting. But the great thing about a monochrome palette is that it’s neutral enough to easily introduce a warming splash of colour. An accent piece, such as a black decorative bowl with a bright, brass-coloured lining, will have a dramatic effect, as will patterns with a distinctive tribal feel. The other way to make it work is to create depth and interest with texture and detail. A few carefully chosen accessories – such as tall gold-dipped effect black candle holders and a tactile vase recalling the line etchings of tribal artefacts – will help to soften the effect.
Where to use it
Monochrome works in any room in the home, but the ideal place to start is the bathroom. Many bathrooms – whether traditional or contemporary – offer a blank canvas in the form of white fixtures and fittings so it’s easy to introduce monochrome accessories to the mix. Start with pattern-rich towels, metal storage baskets and natural stoneware soap dishes.
1. Set of 2 woven baskets, £10 | 2. Woven diamond bath mat, £12 | 3. Set of 2 wire baskets with rope handle, £20 | 4. Diamond bath towel, £10. Available in selected stores from 22 March 2015.