Will Taylor from Bright Bazaar shares with us his latest blog post, exclusively for Barker and Stonehouse.
As winter knocks on the door and we begin to bid farewell to autumn, one could be forgiven for thinking that a predominantly white palette would be off the cards until spring next year. While white might, at first thought, be associated with the interiors of cool, refreshing and breezy summerhouses by the coast. Or, alternatively, it might take on the cold connotations of freshly fallen snow underfoot. Yet, white can actually feel cool and chic if used to as part of a stylish monochromatic space. Using the stylish interior of Cornerstone Café in London as an example, I’m sharing my tips on how to make white work for winter in your home.
The first thing to nail down is your palette. With a monochromatic space it’s important that you get the right balance of black, white and accent colour. So when it comes to building a colour palette, it will help to bare in mind the 60/30/10 accent color rule. 60% of the space should be made up of your primary colour, which takes up the main surface areas of the room – the walls, floor and ceiling. In this example, this would be the white elements of the scheme. The 30% is your secondary colour, which you should introduce through some furniture pieces, drapes and upholstery; here this would be the black parts of the space. That leaves 10% of the scheme for introducing accent colour, which you can do through one statement piece (a large, graphic rug, for example) or two or three smaller pieces (a pillow, throw, table lamp and so on), that add up to 10% collectively. In this example it’s achieved through the repeated olive green seat pads placed in the booths – this small touch of accent colour provides visual depth and interest to the otherwise monochromatic palette.
With your colour palette in place, it’s then key to think about how to add warmth into the monochromatic space. This is important for making whites work in the colder months as they need to be tempered with warmer elements in the space. In this example, wooden tabletops have been used as an anchor for all the black and white elements of the scheme. This introduction of wooden tops prevents the monochromatic palette from feeling cold, but doesn’t detract from the core colour scheme either.
Finally, use shape and pattern to bring further visual interest into a monochromatic scheme. In Cornerstone Café a graphic chevron/zig-zag pattern is used throughout the space as a visual detail. It appears across walls and floors to create a cohesive and graphic overall look. If you are looking to achieve this in your own home then the Frankie Rug would be a quick way to simulate the look. The white pendants hung from the ceiling in a variety of shapes and at different heights also help to add interest to the simple palette. What do you like about this monochromatic space?
Restaurant design by Paul Crofts Studio