Whether you’re hopeless at matching even the simplest of furnishings, or an experienced designer; monochrome is an accessible style for everyone. There are different ways you can assemble a monochrome look ranging from pairing blacks, whites and grays (which anyone can do) to adding height and depth through the use of tone, texture and styling (which takes a more design minded eye).
As a versatile style that can work in any room in your house and appeal to both masculine and feminine tastes, monochrome design is perfect for your next home redesign!
A blank canvas.
Monochrome styling typically begins with a white backdrop. Paint your walls a bright white that will enhance natural lighting. The white walls act as a blank canvas to which you will add black or grey accents.
To begin offsetting the white walls, choose window blinds, curtains and shelving.
Click here to browse a comprehensive selection of custom made window blinds. Depending on how contrasting you ultimately want your monochrome style to be, you may still want to choose whites for these items. Monochrome style allows you to decide to what degree you want to add accents, whether those accents take the form of a few black and white photos on the walls and a black or grey sofa, or a complete mixture of tones and textures added throughout the room.
One idea for an interesting accent to use in your monochrome design is adding a touch of greenery. Using plants in monochrome design makes it feel a bit warmer and a little less industrial. You can either use a bright green house plant in a corner or as a centerpiece on a coffee table, or use branches in a vase, incorporating a bit of the Scandi timber style.
Mix in metals.
Metals work really well in monochrome designed rooms.
Particularly in the kitchen, if you carefully choose the metals used in your appliances they will accent well with white walls, cabinets and countertops. You can then still add in some pops of black or grey accents around the room with pictures on the walls or decorative pieces to place on your counters.
Another way to use metals in monochrome is to use brass, copper or gold accents in other rooms in your home. For example, chairs or tables with gold legs or a copper candle holder.
Adding in texture is important to bring life to a monochrome space.
Using light, natural timber materials is the Scandinavian take on monochrome that, like plant accents, makes the room feel a bit more alive. Try a wooden coffee table or a wicker basket.
Soft textures make a monochrome space feel more inviting and cozy. Add texture with cushions, knit throws or faux fur rugs, all in shades of white or grey.
To make your monochrome space really pop you need to create a sense of depth. Depth can be created by mixing up different tones of black, grey or white. Tonal variation creates a sense of color without having to abandon your monochrome theme.
Variation with height.
To avoid your monochrome colors all blending together too much, be sure to create a sense of height in the room. Do this by varying where you place different design elements. Use standing lamps, shelving and pictures placed at different heights. This will make your room look more interesting and less blended.
Monochrome is a versatile style that will make your home look modern and stylish.
Just because you’re limited in color doesn’t mean your space won’t be both intriguing and inviting. Breathe new life into your rooms with an incredible combination of tones, textures and furnishings!