After spring's richly hued blooms, it's time for a colour breather. Cue black and white prints.
Black and white
In Fall/Winter 2014, internaitonal fashion runways saw classic monochromes in modern prints make quite the statement. It was only a matter of time before the trend travelled into home interiors. This summer, catch some respite from the heat and colour. Opt for black and white combo instead. While graphic prints are flavour of the season, ethnic patterns inspired by the regions of Morocco, Turkey, and India are smart choices.
The best part about this classic black and white combination is its ability to blend into an existing palette. Just pick an element with strong character and your work here is done. Labels like Design Temple, Kulture Shop, Safomasi, Freedome Tree and Olie have a range of graphic prints on textiles, tableware and home accessories. Alternatively, anchor the space with a powerful art print or two. Those on a budget or creatively inclines, can make their own art with this easy-to-follow DIY wall art project. For pattern inspiration, browse through Nilaya's range of black and white design wallpapers.
When considering a complete overhaul, simplicity is the secret ingredient. Straying from overt prints, one can still achieve a sense of geometry through colour blocking in contrasting finishes. For instance, a matte-finish metal statement lamp over a white Corian kitchen island or a leather upholstered dining table with light wood chairs. Similarly, in a recently completed London apartment, interior designer Kelly Hoppen teamed metal ribbons with striking black runners throughout the common areas that created a sense of space. While the varied finishes add layers and depth to a room; the colour combination ties it all together with sophisticated flare. Given the monochromatic palette, the world is your oyster in terms of where to buy. From Natuzzi and Baxter to Sarita Handa and Urbanist, decide on a style and shop on!