Designing In Monochrome: How To Use Black And White In The Home


Take a trip to your local home improvement store, and you’ll be blown away by the colour varieties on offer. Looking for some green paint? You’ll find forty different shades to choose from – and if none of those suit your up-and-coming project, you can always get a personalised tin made!

There’s just one small problem… How are you supposed to find the perfect colour scheme when you’re met with so much choice?

Picking the perfect colour scheme for your home is no easy process, and it’s just one of the many reasons why so many homeowners opt for a monochromatic colour palette.

For those just starting to explore the world of interior design, a monochromatic colour palette simply means taking either one colour, or your basic black and white shades, and playing with various tones, shades and tints to create a vivid and interesting space.

A monochromatic colour palette can be a striking and sophisticated design option, especially when it’s based on a black and white scheme. It’s bold – that’s for sure – but depending on how you run with it, a black and white monochrome design can be playful, elegant, chic or calming. While black and white designs works particularly well in industrial-styled interiors, it can be adapted to suit any individual style and home.

Here’s a few ideas on how you can use black and white in the hom

In the bedroom


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A black and white scheme in the bedroom creates a luxe, chic and minimalist feel. Start with grey on the walls and add a bed with an upholstered black or grey velvet headboard. Team with black bedside tables, and add accents of white with crisp white bed linen and pillows. Layer the bed with a grey satin bedspread or black throw rug, and add a pile of plumped up cushions in faux fur and velvet to add texture. Finish with a white ceiling, white door and skirting trims, and for serious glam complete with a stopping chandelier.


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For a bedroom with a little more of a personal touch, play around with pattern and add touches of soft brown. This bedroom offers a more relaxed, cozy take on the black and white theme.

Living room


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Start with a blank white canvas, then add a feature wall of black and white striped wallpaper. A plush white fur rug and a large white sofa can become the rooms main distinguishing features. Team with white side tables or a coffee table, and add black accents using a black sideboard, black wall art and/or black lamp shades. For any black table or flat surface, you can similarly use white accents through accessories including contemporary pots or troughs, figures, and lamps.


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For a more casual and playful look, incorporate stripes and typography, which are two of the biggest interior trends for 2016. Add some greenery to give the room a more relaxed feel.



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Whether you use black on the walls, floor or for your cabinets, using this shade in the kitchen instantly gives the room a classy, stylish feel. Black and white kitchens make a bold visual statement and add sophisticated drama to your home.

Black stone flooring, such as our Pietra Grey Marble Tiles, are the perfect option for this busy hub in the home. Black base cabinets are also great for hiding dirty marks and make kitchen spills a cinch to clean.

For an open kitchen and dining space, keep it clean and fresh with black stone flooring, a black rug and black sofas. Keep cabinetry white, add a grey accent wall, and make a statement with Silver Bianco Limestone benchtops. Tie the look with a simple dining table with black barstools and black dining chairs.



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A bathroom in black and white creates a modern and stylish feel that is especially effective in small spaces. Black gloss flooring and a black feature wall creates drama in an all-white bathroom, which should be complemented with dark accents such as towels and a side table.


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For a softer, more relaxed take, add white grouting and soft greys. Also consider adding a pop of colour to round out the look.

Monochromatic styling tips


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1.  Create a more delicate space using pretty embroidered accessories, thin stripes and geometrics that incorporate less black into the overall scheme.


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2. Be careful when using bold, striped wallpaper. High ceilings are required to pull off such an eye-catching pattern, and additional pieces in the room need to be kept simple and unfussy.


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3. Bring stark white walls to life with a collection of black and white paintings, prints and photographs. Ornate stucco work on the ceiling adds extra dimension, as do Nogal timber-look tiles.