Black and white rooms have stuck to the forefront of interior design fashion for years now, drifting in and out of our consciousness since the 1960s where people really began to think outside the box an become a lot bolder when it came to decorating their homes. It provides two opposites, which in a yin and yang style, which work really well together and bring out the best of each other. White highlights the depth of black, whilst black emphasises the light and purity of the white.
Stripes are a popular feature of monochrome, and it’s easy to see why. Running the two extremes alongside each other doesn’t just elongate a room or certain furniture feature, but it emphasises the contrast between the two colours and is an illustration of the perfect balance.
Monochrome colour palettes work well if you’re trying to create a light and minimal atmosphere. By starting with an all-white room and gradually adding accents of black, you still achieve that bright and airy feeling, but with a sharper and more striking edge. To add a feeling of luxury, add monochromatic textures to your room such a marble and granite.
Harsh contrasts can cause a room to feel drastic and uncomfortable if it’s not carried out properly. To combat this, you can add subtle warming hints of colour and textures. Keep your monochrome contrasts as the room’s main feature, but add these warmer points as understated background articles.
If a strict black and white colour palette feels to harsh or strong for you or your home, you can rebalance the room by adding splashes of softer and muted tones, more textures, or even soften the contrasts by adding a spectrum of grey and silver shades too.
If you want to create something slightly more dramatic and a twist on the traditional monochrome trend, go for bold colour accents.