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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Palette Addict: Black, White & Grey

Black and white will always be the classic colour combination for the ultimate chic scheme, but throw some grey into this masculine mix and the look takes on a whole new edge. For me, this monochromatic scheme feels soothing and the essence of calm. Sometimes you see pictures in magazines of austere monochrome schemes, yet this space feels far from clinical and I believe it's all thanks to the grey mid tones. I like how grey has been introduced as an accent hue amongst the dominant black and white, yet because it's been added to the room's statement piece - the sofa - it plays an important role in breaking up the graphic patterns that surround it. In fact, that couch can come home with me right away - I love it! Do you like monochrome decor schemes?
// Deborah Moir for AMM

20 comments:

  1. Oh yes without question, but I do love a splash of colour mixed in with it! I love that grey sofa, it softens the black and white as do the hints of gold and yellow. Such a gorgeous space! xx

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    1. 100% agree, Rachel - it's the perfect palette to layer in other colours on top. xx

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  2. I just pinned this today! It amazing how such a simple pallete of black white and grey can be so striking and vibrant. I love this home :)

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  3. When I think of black, white, grey I always think of A Merry Mishap, Stylizimo and Vosges Paris. They are all in my mind set for that colour range:-)

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    1. Desree, Nina and Jennifer are so talented - love their blogs, too!

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  4. Love a bit of monochrome! I may have to add a few pops of colour though!! x

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  5. Black and white fur sure are everlasting classics - I don't think I will ever get bored of this combo! Grey softens the sharp contrast -as well as othet colours. Here is a close up, basic example of this colour scheme, with a DIY -idea also:
    http://www.neovias.blogspot.fi/2012/08/diy-pillow-of-jeans.html

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  6. Love this classic colour scheme Will. Though I'd always need to add a spot of colour :)

    Abbey x

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  7. I agree with some of the other comments: love the style (have seen this before on another blog), but would personalise it with a splash pf colour with throw pillows or wall art.
    Greetz
    Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah! Yes lots of blogs focus entirely on monochromatic schemes - to name a few... A Merry Mishap, Stylizimo and Vosges Paris - and I think when it's done right it can be a great colour scheme. Personally, I see black and grey as colours in their own right rather than shades of one colour. I love expressive and brave use of colour, so I'm always happy to see people decorating with rich and involving colours like black. My ideal would be to have some yellow accents, as it's such an energising colour to me!

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  8. Hi Will,

    thanks for your sweet comment. I can imagine how wonderful it must be with the smell of the roses in Regent Park. I guess, that are some David Austin roses?

    And of course, nice to see your blog. If you need some inspiration from Denmark, don´t hesitate to ask me.

    Have great day.


    Amalie

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  9. OH myyy I sure do love this very much so. Very clean and calm.

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  10. yes...i'll pair it with either yellow or turquoise in warmer months..... and in cooler months with caramel/tan. love it.

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  11. It's simply beautiful, but don't know if I could be so consistent.. do love it though! hx

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  12. As surprising as it was to see my fellow color lover do a post on black and white, I must say there must be something in the air! I have been on a black and white kick for some time now and for a while I felt maybe it wasn't true to who I am as a designer, but in reality it's how you approach the color scheme. I love the bold patterns and I would probably not be myself if I didn't add a pop of color in there somewhere. Great post, Will!

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  13. I like gray added to a room - but I think I prefer it mixed in with a couple pops of color!

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  14. Really like the touches of grey. I think the monochrome scheme is lovely and clean; although I think sometimes rooms decorated this way can look a bit clinical. I think the architecture of this room really helps, as does the fact that there are so many objects to look at.

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  15. Love the pop of brown from the entertainment unit, makes it so much warmer!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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