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11 stylish ways to use monochrome in your home

A black and white palette is always in the here and now, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

Sam Wylie-Harris
Thursday 02 September 2021 12:40
De’Longhi Ballerina Kettle and Toaster in Furnace Black, De’Longhi (De’Longhi/PA)
De’Longhi Ballerina Kettle and Toaster in Furnace Black, De’Longhi (De’Longhi/PA)

Like the little black dress of interiors, kitting out your home in monochrome will always be on trend.

There are a multitude of ways to work timeless black and white into your scheme – and maximize the beauty of minimalism with a dash of panache.

From attention grabbing to toned down pieces, here’s how to get the look…

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1. Monochrome Eiffel Tower Art Print, from £3 (21 x 30cm, no frame or mount), Abstracthouse.com

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For maximum impact, an oversized print is a scene-stealer. This image of the Eiffel Tower is available in a range of sizes, all the way up to a supersized 70 x 100cm – which costs £150 if you also go for the black frame, no mount option, to make a strong style statement.

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2. Truffle Tablescapes Black Mother Of Pearl Charger Plates, Set of Two, £130, Notonthehighstreet.com

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A beautiful combination, these charger plates with a black and white mother of pearl inlay can be styled against brass cutlery to bring some extra wow factor to the table. For the finishing touch, a white linen napkin feels luxe and rich before you’ve even polished up the glassware.

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3. Cox & Cox Three Monochrome Dipped Vases, £40, Very.co.uk

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In keeping with the simple aesthetic of a single stem, it only takes a trio of late summer blooms or black silk roses to show off these ombre effect vases in white, grey and matte black.

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4. Fritz Hansen Series 7 Dining Chairs – Monochrome, Coloured Ash, White, £383 each, Nest.co.uk

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Spendy but super stylish, these designer chairs are stackable, lightweight and available (alongside other options) in black and white to create a stark monochrome contrast. What’s more, they are a highly desirable collectable that will stand the test of time.

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5. Johnson & White London 2 Wick Candle, £53, Johnsonandwhitearomas.com

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Glamorous black candles embellished with gold details have the power to elevate the mood, especially when they’re scented with bergamot and lemon, topped with spicy pink pepper and juniper berries.

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6. Idyll Home Face Lamp, £195, Notonthehighstreet.com

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When you’re working a sharp black and white palette, something quirky always seems to pull a room together. Right on trend, this abstract face and line drawing lampshade with stoneware base will put everything in a new light.

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7. De’Longhi Ballerina Kettle, Was £59.99, now £49, Very.co.uk

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With its faceted form and gloss finish inspired by Venetian glasswork, these Ballerina kettles and toasters are modern, minimal and a majestic addition to any kitchen.

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8. Aromatherapy Associates x The Laundress Wellness Addition: Support Breathe Dish Soap, £21.86, Support Breathe Surface Cleaner, £21.86, Thelaundress.com

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When it’s time to keep your monochrome scheme spic and span, what could be lovelier than these feelgood products? A new collaboration between the famous American laundry company and Aromatherapy Associates, the Wellness Addition releases soothing vapours and combines essential oils while you carry out household chores. Genius.

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9. Belle Wallpaper Monochrome, £20 per roll, Ilovewallpaper.co.uk

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The best backdrop for your little black dress? A feature wall in this voguish wallpaper – and you can always lift the poster girl’s attractive profile with a striking palm, chic chaise longue and charcoal grey velvet cushions.

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10. Paloma Home Monochrome Stripe Bed Set, from £85 (Double), Candh.com

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An extension of Paloma Faith’s taste for interiors at home, the star’s  Paloma Home Collection features an array of statement prints – and this dramatic stripe bed set, combining a duvet cover with two matching pillow cases, would work like a dream alongside metallics or bleached surfaces to create an elegant bedroom.

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11. Faux Fur Gold Stool, £159, Audenza.com

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This glitzy stool is a real show stopper and, with its fabulous white faux fur seat, will fit perfectly into your glamorous monochrome room. Ta-da!

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Looking for more ways to style up your interiors? Read our review of the best dining tables

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