Simple and sophisticated, the Monochrome look uses a single colour or nuance to create an atmosphere of elegance, comfort and style. The palette extends beyond furnishings and textiles to the walls and the rest of the room, creating a feeling of harmony that turns any space into a stylish, calm haven. Monochrome spaces are sparsely decorated and clutter free. Bold, simple pieces of modern furniture are matched with an emphasis on texture and comfort. Subtle neutral shades are blended with brighter hits of colour to add a luxurious, sensual element to the modern minimalist interior. Monochrome blends textures to achieve variation – plastic, metal, rough wood or concrete – with soft, sensuous textiles.
How to get the look
In the living room, use large, square or modular sofas such as Söderhamn, Kivik and Karlstad, easily rearranged to suit any occasion. Use colour accents sparingly. Replace patterns with shiny, grainy or woody textures to add depth to your space. Your bedroom should be a monochrome oasis in tones like Silver Grey or Zinc Grey, with a Bemz box pleat bed skirt to complete the look. Pull everything together by decorating with an unusual, much loved object for a finishing touch. Monochrome is about being true to one colour – light green, truffle, beige or ever-versatile grey. The grey palette is endless – use Zinc Grey, Silver Grey, A Paler Shade of Grey, or Graphite Grey Chenille to achieve a calm, sophisticated look. Choose one nuance of grey and stay as close as possible to that particular hue. By mixing fabrics in the same colour but with different textures you will create movement and variation in your décor. Avoid patterns to really get the Monochrome look right.
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