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
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.
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
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?
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.
3. Emphasize the indoor-outdoor link with monochrome
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.
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.
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Anna is a professional writer with many years' experience. She has special interests in architecture, photography, and high-end interior design. Her work has appeared in Homes & Gardens, Gardeningetc, and many other publications.
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