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8 muted monochrome looks for a chic home

These wallpapers and textiles bring an intriguing quality to contemporary schemes

Sharon Parsons
Added 16:57 | February 2, 2017
  • Sansui wallpaper from Akaishi Wallcoverings collection from Zoffany, from Dh300 per metre.

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  • Augustus wallpaper from Andrew Martin, Dh560 per roll.

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  • 01 wallpaper from Dh400 per roll and fabrics from Dh300 per metre, all Anthology.

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  • Shaw collection fabrics from Jane Churchill, from Dh365 per metre.

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  • Pure Net Applique from Pure Morris Fabrics Morris & Co, from Dh300 per metre.

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  • Aegean wallpaper from Sanderson, from Dh300 per roll.

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  • London 1832 from Phaedra Wallpapers by Zoffany, from Dh390 per metre.

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  • Atmosphere Collection Jane Churchill, from Dh337 per metre.

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Soft charcoals, chalky whites, gentle greys and silvers have a calm elegance that is always in vogue.

How to introduce a monochrome palette into your home:

Take it in tones - Introducing plenty of tonal differences is key: study a colour family of greys, on a paint chart for instance, and you’ll see how broad these variations are, moving from deep charcoal to a pale silver or even ‘greige’, which subtly marries grey with taupe.

Work on the layers - Once you’ve decided on an overall palette, introduce a variety of patterns and textures in different scales and finishes. These layers provide depth and prevent a scheme from looking flat.

Add contrast - A soft monochrome scheme succeeds in its own right, but can act as a foil against brighter shots of colour or materials that can be changed as and when you choose. Try cushions or throws in clean fresh colours for instance, and introduce shining metallic and glass accessories to bounce the light.

Sharon Parsons

Sharon Parsons