The Mono Logs; There's a Good Reason Why Our Love Affair with Black and White Is Everlasting

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The Mono Logs; There's a Good Reason Why Our Love Affair with Black and White Is Everlasting


Byline: HOME STYLE With Lesley Taylor

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 KEEP IT SIMPLE 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.

A POP OF COLOUR 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.

PERFECT SYMMETRY 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.

WARM UP WITH WOOD If you're not quite feeling the completely clinical approach that monochrome can achieve without deep colours and warming hues, then wood is your friend. …

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