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Expert advice on how to get the monochrome look


by Milly

Prepare yourself, monochrome is going to be everywhere this year. From the catwalk to your living room, it’s all about black and white. So how can you get the look in your home?

We talk to Rory Robertson, Interior Stylist for Livingetc and House Beautiful, to get the lowdown. From sourcing the props and styling the shoot, to imparting his words of interior wisdom, Rory shows us how to recreate the monochrome look at home. His top tip? Go bold.

1. Start from the ground up

It all starts with the floor. A white wood effect is a cost-effective grounding for the trend, quite literally. Try White Plank Wood Effect from QuickStep Flooring. Or for a contemporary take on black and white floor tiles opt for Tulia from Fired Earth. Thanks to their circular ‘hoop’ print, they have a more funky appeal to the usual square design.

2. Make a feature out of black and white tableware

Display your monochrome accessories on white shelving against a matt black or white wall. This decorating idea is simple but highly effective. Darkroom has a range of stylish black and white enamel, which you can find here.

3. Paint your walls black and white

No.57 Off Black and No.2005 All White from Farrow & Ball are the perfect duo. Especially when specified in the estate emulsion matt finish – lots of chalky charm.4.Opt for stainless steel or nickel finishes

4. Opt for stainless steel or nickel finishes

The matt silver looks particularly crisp and cool against black and white. This coat rack, from IKEA, is a perfect example.

5. Last but not least, choose monochrome art

Larger scale art prints can be a great way to create impact in a monochrome decorating scheme. Rory sourced his prints from our black and white trend collection here.

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Thanks to Rory Robertson for his words of style wisdom. Check out more of his work here. Or follow his style inspiration on Instagram. Thanks also to the awesome photographer Alexander Edwards, you can see more of his work here.


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