If you are decorating your house and are trying to create a sleek and stylish image, then why not try a monochrome palette – check out our latest Look Book to get some ideas. This interior design concept can be used for ultra minimalist living, or you can adapt it to suit your tastes and set off the cool blacks and whites of your interiors with some dazzling colourful artwork.

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THE ULTIMATE LIVING ROOM

This monochrome trend is timeless. Indeed many contemporary homes feature monochrome decor, and you don’t have to be a millionaire to adapt this style and use it in your own home.

Start off by investing in the very best dark carpet, that you can afford (greys and dark blues will suffice if you don’t want a black floor covering) and then design the rest of your room around this focal point.

DESIGN IDEAS FROM THE PAST

The ultimate in monochrome interiors can be seen in the Hollywood set designs of the 1930s. Think Busby Berkeley, with his improbable lines of symmetrical dancers all pounding out a complicated beat against a backdrop of black and white.

For another take on this theme, just take a look at the recent Poirot episodes, featuring David Suchet. Many of the stunning and stylish homes of the murder victims all feature a monochrome décor!

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CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR DESIGN

Furniture from the 60s is back in vogue, so take a look at interiors from that era. The style icon Coco Chanel was a keen advocate of monochrome style; both in clothes and in interiors. Talking about the trend, she said “Black comprises everything. So does white. They possess absolute beauty: they are in perfect harmony.”

The contemporary twist on this design trend introduces rich cobalts and slate greys as alternatives to black and these shades still act as a dramatic contrast to a pristine white wall.

If you’re working on a budget you can always pick up some wonderful accessories that will blend in with your overall design concept.

STYLE INSPIRATION

If you’re looking for some contemporary trend ideas, this year’s Milan design fair, featured the work of Bethan Grey, a young British designer. Her innovative zebra striped tableware would look fantastic in any stylish dining room and if you’re trying to source ideas for your new design then remember to include mirrors, sparkling glassware and make a feature of textures.

A sumptuous luxury carpet or rug will also make your room look even more luxurious.

A TOUCH OF COLOUR AGAINST A BLACK AND WHITE BACKDROP

The interior designer Susie Clegg has decorated her own home in soothing greys, blues and black and white. She has also included vividly coloured accessories to liven up her muted backdrop.

Monochrome design doesn’t have to mean clinical and sterile. If you have a black and white living room, for example, you can then add some brightly coloured light fittings, bold artwork or decorative cushions to create a warm and inviting living space.

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MONOCHROME IS ALWAYS ON TREND

Interior design that incorporates a monochrome palette changes by the decade, but the fundamentals remain the same. It’s simply up to you to add your twist to the overall concept – so why not give it a go?

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