Monochrome styling is always a classic but it may be time to reinvent the trend and play with the dynamics of black and white to create something fresh.
Pairing black and white together – always a classic styling fallback – is getting a revamp for contemporary homes with a more natural, earthy look over the traditional clean and edgy starkness.
Owner of the Rug Collection Simon Robinson says the monochrome trend will always be popular.
“Monochrome will always have a place in interior design as it is timeless and can be easily incorporated and worked into other trends,” he says. “Monochromatic pieces are an effortlessly chic way to transform an interior and can be matched with a variety of colours to create a tailored space.
“This time around, the monochrome trend is taking on a variety of looks and is becoming a very versatile colour scheme.”
It’s less about clean lines and stark contrast, says Robinson, and more about subtly blending in monochrome shades with other elements.
“Currently, we are seeing a lot of rustic and organic elements used with the monochrome colour palette. Think industrial, polished concrete, exposed brick, copper and timber.”
The Scandinavian trend, at the moment popular with interior designers, is incorporating a black, white and grey palette too.
“The use of simple, cosy furnishings teamed with white walls, white floors and contrasting dark couches and accessories creates a spacious, inviting and warm interior,” says Robinson. “Start simple. If you’re not bold enough to go for black and white, try a few shades of grey, mixing it up with a few lighter cushions – cushions can act as an instant face lift.
“The next thing is choosing a lovely rug, as this is one piece that really pulls a room together, and unifies all elements.”
Robinson suggests bold stripes like the Horizon rug, or a geometric design that adds character without being too overpowering.
“If bold isn’t your game, you could go for a simple textured rug like Grace, Plush or a simple Flatweave,” says Robinson. “Any of these rugs will give you a warm, cosy look without taking away from the other elements in your space.”