Aug 1, 2016

This Is How the Experts Style Monochrome at Home

by Sacha Strebe

Just like Chanel’s tweed jacket, black and white will always be a classic. And for good reason. When combined, this shadowy palette is the epitome of chic and provides the ultimate foundation from which to build upon. While monochrome is mostly about black, white, and gray (which is perfect for the color averse), stylists are now including accents of brass, gold, raw timber, and marble to really ramp up the style dial.

While layering and texture are key to crafting any interior, they’re even more critical to the monochromatic scheme. Forgoing color means you need contrasting materials such as linen, leather, and bleached-out timber to add that much-needed texture and comfort factor. Australian interior stylist Steve Cordony has perfected this tonal look. In this exclusive chat, Cordony kindly shares his secret to achieving this much-lauded style at home. 

Use neutral accents to layer your room against a black-and-white background. Gold, aged brass, grass cloth, jute, and marble are great textural elements.

One Kings Lane Rosa Coffee Table ($1149)

White, black, or gray walls and floors, neutral-colored sofas, and armchairs are a great base to build your interior around.

Restoration Hardware Belgian Track Arm Slipcovered Sofa ($1571)

Forgoing color doesn’t have to mean a dull interior. Use tonal variation in your palette to give depth to your space. Mix soft grays with darker-tone grays and charcoals that contrast perfectly with whites.

Milo Baughamn 1188 Chair in Leather ($1550)

Use greenery to bring life to your interior. Indoor plants have never been more fashionable. Green, black, and white is the perfect color combination.

West Elm Iris Planter and Chevron Stand ($129)

A restricted color palette allows you to be bold and eclectic by mixing pieces from different eras. A modernist chair can sit perfectly next to an antique table.

Jonathan Adler Double X Bench ($1095)

Break the rules and very subtly accent with one hero color, whether it's with books, flowers, or artwork.

Giamattista Valli Cire Trudon Rose Poivree Candle ($101)

Cushions, rugs, and throws are the perfect accessories to introduce graphic motifs to your décor. Think about bold stripes, chevron, herringbone, and tribal patterns to create graphic interest.

ABC Home Textured Wool Rug ($1100)

Think about your material finishes and surfaces as they can add depth to your space. Matte white walls contrast perfectly with glossy black floors and are the perfect starting point for a chic monochromatic scheme.

Dinosaur Designs Resin Lotus Seed Vase ($257)

Apart from decorative accessories and furniture, think about items such as plumbing fixtures, door hardware, and hooks in matte black or white. This is a huge trend we’re seeing as people move away from chrome.

CB2 Print Black Hook ($7)

Paint your walls gray. Some people think the color is cold and dull, but choose a warm, soft tone in a flat eggshell acrylic; it's the best canvas to decorate your room. I love Purbeck stone paint from Farrow & Ball. It's the perfect tone for well-lit modern rooms.

Design Within Reach Ascalon Menorah With Candles ($275)