By Nikita Sheth, Interior Design Editor
Drawing upon the style of classic design muses such as Coco Chanel, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy, the latest monochrome fashion trend is moving off the catwalk and into our home.
There is nothing more powerful than a strong, confident black and white interior scheme. Whilst an injection of colour can instantly lift a room, a classic monochromatic scheme is capable of standing alone. If applied correctly, it can create a timeless, elegant space with an added touch of luxe.
Contrasting monochromatic schemes can be employed in a myriad of ways to create a modern, traditional or even vintage design theme. Less reliant on the stark contrast that is the black and white, the two hues are becoming more commonly fused and varied in their concentration and intensity. For example, stylish Nordic design embraces a blended monochromatic palette, combined with clean minimalist lines, to achieve a versatile and chic space.
Black and white can be mixed-up to provoke different feels for a room. Effects ranging from tranquil to the dramatic can be created depending on the balance of the hues. The addition of textures, graphics and materials (such as pillows, rugs, vases, wallpapers and artworks) can be utilised to craft the desired mood. Lighting is also a consideration, as it determines the austerity and overall ambience of an interior space. Natural light changes the intensity of the black and white scheme, as it streams into different sections of a room as the day passes.
Fabrics with detailed patterns or interesting textures create a playful effect in a room.
The combination of black, white and wood creates a peaceful, harmonic atmosphere.
Strong application of graphics, geometric shapes and the application of bold wallpaper or detailed tiles stimulate the visual to create a dynamic effect in a room.
Colour through the addition of succulents or indoor plants creates a more natural ambience. Plants can also be used to inject some natural movement amongst the clean lines.
Artworks, photography and accessories can soften the harsh black and white contrast. Creating a personable and engaging space.
Emphasising the black does not necessarily create a brooding space. Rather, inky black walls or floors can create the perfect chic, yet dramatic backdrop.
Juxtaposing black accents on a pure white on white scheme creates a delicate feel to a room. Colour intensifies with area; the more of a colour you use, the stronger it will seem. Not a lot of black is required.
A black and white scheme embodies simplicity and strength. It is the perfect balance of masculine and feminine and can be applied to any interior space.