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Black and White: The Rules of Monochrome Decorating

When it comes to redecorating your home, it’s often a really good idea to set yourself a few rules.

With so much inspiration out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, lose focus, and even lose heart and give up altogether.

Limit your colour scheme

Limiting your colour scheme is a great way to prevent an inspiration-overload occurring.

Today, we’re going talking about monochrome schemes in particular – the dos and the don’ts.

Crowns Wallpaper

Don’t be scared to use colour

Monochrome decorating 101

Naturally, a monochrome scheme will be dominated by two colours: black and white. Generally speaking, one colour should dominate, and most people tend to plump for white.

White is crisp and fresh and easy to live with. White wall and floor coverings provide designers with a fantastic base. Remember, you don’t want your space to appear “flat”, so consider adding textures like sheepskin, hessian and glass to your scheme later on.

Accessorise white furnishings with black and white cushions, frames, glassware and artwork.

Remember, black and white movie stills and photographs will add a sense of individuality to a monochrome space.

For a truly dramatic scheme, use black as your base, and accessorise with leather, fur, glass and mirrors.

Penguin paperbacks

While monochrome schemes are black and white by design, you can use colour in exciting ways too.

Consider black bookshelves filled with bright orange Penguin paperbacks, or a clear glass vase bursting with lilies. Houseplants, too, add a welcome degree of freshness and authenticity, whilst mirrors reflect colour and light.

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Don’t be scared to use colour

Monochrome for everyone

Remember, certain rules are less rigid than others. If you’re not ready to go all the way with monochrome, feel free to use splashes of colour sparingly.

Natural materials, such as wood, copper and marble can also add interest and contrast to a sleek monochrome scheme – and great lighting is always a must.