The lessons in monochrome interiors we'll take from this contemporary London home

This London home proves that sometimes, black and white is just enough

Amersham Grove house
(Image credit: The Modern House)

Sometimes all a home really needs is black and white. Although experimenting with color is one of the most satisfying aspects of interior design, sticking to just the starkest opposites can be a rewarding challenge in itself. 

This modern home in London proves that where black and white are chosen over a variety of colors, texture, depth, and outlines take center stage. These are the most salient style lessons in monochrome decorating we'd take from this beautiful house.

1. Play with kitchen textures

Amersham Grove house

(Image credit: The Modern House)

Monochrome can be used to connect spaces within an open-plan layout, as in this kitchen diner. Different elements echo each other, and the result is a coherent decorating scheme that uses both traditional period home features and modern kitchen lighting ideas. With plenty of natural light coming, this open space can take all the black easily. 

Amersham Grove house

(Image credit: The Modern House)

Where it comes to modern kitchen cabinet ideas, black is the boldest choice of all, and if used well, can have a spectacular payoff. Here, the contemporary, matt finish of the cabinets is played off the glossier texture of the white metro tiles. It's a perfect balance of formal and casual, stark and cozy. 

2. Monochrome is the answer to an unusually shaped bathroom

Amersham Grove house

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The use of black in white bathroom ideas in this home circumvents the dreaded issue of awkward spaces. If your bathroom has an unusual shape, an inclined ceiling, or both, why not make these features interesting rather than try to hide them?

Amersham Grove house

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Again, the finish of the tiles and fixtures in the bathroom is matt, which gives a satisfyingly contemporary look and feel. Attention to detail is key to elevating this small bathroom design – even the sink plug is black.

Amersham Grove house

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The courtyard garden ideas showcased here are superb examples of thinking beyond size about what's possible with an outdoor space. Instead of settling for the idea of a tiny garden, the owners have visually extended the tiny garden by using the same light flooring in the kitchen. The black cabinets, paradoxically, frame the outdoor space in a way that makes it appear brighter and larger.

Amersham Grove house

(Image credit: The Modern House)

The use of bi-fold doors amplifies the drama further, adding a defined, framing effect. Small? Sure. Gorgeous? Absolutely. 

The Amersham Grove house is on sale for £650,000 by The Modern House.

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

Anna is Consumer Editor across Future home titles; she has a background in academic research and is the author of London Writing of the 1930s; she has written about literature, architecture, and photography, and has a special interest in high-end interior design.