Seeing the world in Black and White

Speak to anyone who knows me and I am a colourful girl. Case and point, I sit here typing in tan boots, a pink and teal floral dress, taupe cardigan and ink-blue scarf! But today I was drawn to the monochrome. My home, like me is a veritable fruit punch filled with every kind of pattern and colour (everything in moderation) but today I wanted to seek out interiors that restrict themselves to the world of black and white – and those grey areas in-between.

This is where it started, I cam across an image on my internet travels and, well, I stopped. The matt black tub is lovely but the mountain mural I just adore.

Black and white mountains murial in a bathroom with a black tub

Another bathroom, this time with fun wallpaper that has ethnic 1990’s vibes. The pattern is rug-little geometric.

Bathroom with rug-like pattern wallpaper in black on white

Ok, so the green foliage kind of adds colour to my tightly constrained black and white theme. The black framed windows are oh-so-chic, paired with a stripy rug, light wooden table and the classic ‘Y’ chair.

'Y' chairs with a round table and black framed windows

Traditional with a twist, this frayed at the edges sitting room has a comforting layered style.

Layered pictures and mix and match furniture in the traditional with a twist sitting room

Back to bathrooms, here is a small space delivers understated glamour. Greyed marble perfectly sets off the graphic black fittings.

Glamourous marbled bathroom with black fittings

A geometric chimney breast steals the show here where nothing is understated. Silver surfaces and Art Deco themes combine to create a memorable space.

Silver and black contempary living room

But perhaps its best to start small, I love these stripy black and white pots, hugging those architectural spikes.

Cacti in stripy black and white pots

I have enjoyed this monochrome tour, though I can’t help wanting to add a splash of mustard or a flourish of Indian pink or maybe, just a hint, of decadent gold.

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Neon For The Novice

I love bright – the brighter the better, the more colours and patterns the more my heart sings! I am aware, however that for others that might sound like a migraine in the making, so here are some beautiful interiors where a smidgen of neon goes a long way. How to add so day-glow pizzaz to your happy home..

Pair neon with muted shades, softened grey and natural woven fabrics.

Add a little neon to warm a room

Go with the greats, Farrow and Ball have beautiful classic paints in their collection, but their new range certainly has that neon wow.

Traditional grey interior with luminous yellow chair

Start perhaps with some cushions, easy to change if they are too brave! I love these textiles, a definite eighties vibe.

Geometric neon textiles and pink stool

Pair with delicate pastel shades for a subtle and soft room. Metallic notes and Modern furniture help to keep the space current.

Pink and yellow style room

Neon notes can be achieved on any surface, think walls with art, washi tape, posters. Or layer textiles, jewellery and books. (I have that yellow Patterns book in the foreground – lovely flock cover!) I like how acid these colours are but because they are used a shots, little bursts with natural accents, I think it works.

Day-glo interior design

Consider some neon wire furniture – all the zing but with a light and delicate structure. Imagine these beauties in a dark painted room, sparsely lit and cosy with plenty of books and traditional woollen textiles.

Orange wire chairs with blue wall

Go bold with your very own installation! A little crazy perhaps but fun to do and you would make quite an impact. Reminds me of that childhood game cats-craddle!

Neon string installation

For the nervous, hint at your liking for neon with sensible, grown-up black lampshades with a cheeky flash of pink inside.

Black and pink lampshade

I just love this chair – so very very yellow! Pairing it with this calming black-cherry-yogurt-colour works a charm.

Traditional chair upholstered in bright yellow

Painting woodwork, especially a door I think is a great idea. I flash of occasional colour. This green is what you would call a wake up shade, very day-glow.

Grey room with bright green woodwork

For some high glow glam this beautiful table marries natural wood and neon pink gloss.

Wooden table with neon resin

And finally, a little bit of silliness. Floral wallpaper (not sure if it is purchased this way or a creative child has neatly coloured them in) with a white dresser and neon yellow sheep handles. Yep.

Cabinet with sheep handles

Stairway to Heaven

So ok I live in a bungalow but if I had stairs I would consider these. Any and every space is up for grabs when it comes to creativity and I just love how these home makers have claimed back an often forgotten, or majorly dated space. See what you think.

So here is a cute dog on a gradient stairs – perfect.

Gradient painted blue stairs

Add some height with some black balustrades.

Black vertical height giving balustrades

Wallpaper is the thing, I love the retro theme here. Brilliantly eye-catching but with a restrained colour palette.

Wallpaper stairs in graphic patterns

The home of Kathryn Tyler was featured on Grand Designs, I love her stairs. Elegant and really useful.

Storage under the stairs

The graphic designer in me would love this! Pantone painted stairs.

Perfect for the graphic designer, Pantone Stairs

An update of the traditional carpet runner, painted grey stairs work rather well.

Grey striped painted stairs

What a dramatic entrance! Brilliantly layered colours and textures make this stairway quite a special place.

Dramatic stairway

Would you consider sprucing up your stairs with paint and paper? I’d love to hear.