The Essential Guide to Going Monochrome at Home

Sacha Strebe

Monochrome is one of Australian interior stylist, Steve Cordony's all-time favourite trends. Actually, it's not really a “trend” anymore at all; it’s more a “style” that’s timeless, practical, and here to stay. Although the classic beauty of black and white has been around forever, it’s really evolved in recent years to become the basis for so many amazing interiors. The “Hamptons” and “New York glam” are just some of the many variations that now come under the überchic black-and-white umbrella. While monochrome is mostly all about black, white, and grey (which is perfect for those who struggle with colour), stylists are now including accents of brass, gold, raw timber, or marble that really take it to the next level.

Layering and texture are huge parts for any interior, but even more so within a monochromatic scheme. Forgoing colour means you can use lots of contrasting materials. We love chunky Belgium linens, grass cloth, jute, leather, and bleached-out timber. Just using flat black-and-white textures such as leather and powder-coated materials could push you into the ’80s! Similarly, keeping your palette neutral allows you to fuse different furniture styles from modernist to antique, minimal to opulent. 

Here are a few of Steve's personal styling tips for achieving the monochrome look at home.

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