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Anyone who has ever engaged in any home improvement project knows how overwhelming it can be. Especially when it comes to choosing the right colour scheme. With a seemingly endless number of colour combinations and options available, how can you ever be certain that you chose the best one? Our recommendation is to make the selection easier by sticking to a monochromatic colour palette. One trend is very hot at the moment, and that is a black and white combo. If pulled off the right way, the black and white palette adds a touch of chic and sophistication to any home and makes an excellent base for further interior improvements. Here is how you can bring the monochromatic magic into your home.
50 Shades of Black and White
When we say monochromatic, we do not literally mean picking one exact shade and splashing it all over your living room. Such a space would look dull. Monochromatic means choosing one basic colour and playing with its various shades and tints. Think of it as ombre rather than a one-colour scheme. If the black and white combo looks too harsh, you can tone it down with the addition of some grey tones. Anything from charcoal and gunmetal, to slate and taupe would soften this stark contrast. The same rule applies to any other monochromatic colour scheme, be it cool or warm. You can start with a basic shade of soft powder blue and work your way up shade by shade, until you get to a royal blue.
Keep the Undertones Down
When we said that you can play with different shades and tones of one colour, we really meant it. As long as you keep one simple rule in mind, and that is to always match the undertones. When placed side-by-side, a grey with yellow undertone and a grey with blue undertone will not match, even though they are essentially the same colour. So, you can have 20 different shades of grey in your kitchen, but try to narrow down the undertones to two colours that fall into the same colour temperature category. If you are not a colour expert, use interior design apps to help you.
A Mixture of Texture
Usually, texture has a supporting role in interior design. In the case of the monochrome look, texture actually becomes the star. The shades in your one-colour interior will tend to blend together, and texture is the most effective way to break up the uniformity of the space. Layered velvet cushions, a cosy knit blanket, or a deep pile carpet will make the intimidating, impersonal and cold monochromatic space more inviting. If you want to keep it really simple, and wish to avoid crazy patterns and too much texture, ambient lighting can also be used to bring focus to certain elements and to upgrade the visual dynamics of the space.
A Breath of Life
No one says that you cannot cheat a little bit and add a third colour to your black and white interior. An easy way to make the room instantly warmer and more inviting is to add some plants. The plants will bring a touch of life into any space and as a bonus, the green matches the black and white combination perfectly. Natural wood tones will not disturb the simplicity of the design either, but they will make the entire interior more personal.
Add a Hint of Print
While interior designers generally warn us to be careful with mixing and matching different patterns and to keep it simple, this rule does not apply to the monochromatic style. Of course you should not go overboard with too many graphic patterns, so choose only a few focus points in the room that you will accentuate with patterned motifs. While it may sound unusual, if you have already firmly decided to go with a monochromatic colour scheme, you may reverse the usual decorating order and first choose a design element with a bold pattern that you like, and then build the rest of the space around it. This way, you will make sure that all the elements fit in perfectly.
What is your opinion on the monochromatic look?
Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is a crafty girl and student of architecture from Sydney. She enjoys writing about latest trends in home décor and landscaping. Lana is also interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.