I picked up Monochrome Home out of interest.
When I moved into my new home last year I was determined to stick to an overall colour scheme of black, white, grey and the occasional flash of colour. Mostly green. I confess I haven’t decorated many rooms yet but I have managed to stick to this with furnishings and accessories, and it’s been hard at times to resist the lure of brighter hues, pastels and colourful patterns.
A book that celebrated monochrome interiors was just what I needed to keep me on the straight and narrow. I love books full of inspirational images and this one has that in abundance. But it also has so much more.
It also teaches the reader that it’s not all black and white. Not all of the owners featured have abandoned colour altogether and have added grey in all of its different shades. “That might mean lilac-tinged feminine shades, a rich brownish grey the colour of dried mud and beach pebbles or a greenish sea-grey and so on.”
It guides the novice through the liberating experience of choosing a limited palette and the freedom to mix diverse groups of furniture, textures, ceramics and accessories from different eras and cultures. All safe in the knowledge that they manage to work together in black and white.
And it explores the effect of all dark or all light, white rooms. Each has its own appeal and inherent beauty. The darker rooms are moody and atmospheric, while the rooms at the other end of the black and white spectrum are uplifting and serene. Both manage to be timeless, flexible and practical.
As always it is the real homes that have me pouring for hours over every detail. Trying to visualise living in such a space and picking up snippets of useful styling and decorating ideas to use at home.
My own monochrome home.
Monochrome Home by Hilary Robertson, photography by Pia Ulin, published by Ryland Peters & Small