Get the Look for Less: Minimalist Monochrome Chic


If you’re anything like us, you’ll love snooping around other people’s homes for inspiration.

We recently stumbled across this beautiful modern monochrome home in Hertfordshire and loved the comforting simplicity the owners had created. So, rather than just pin it to our Pinterest board for future reference, we thought we would show you how you can achieve this look in your home. We’ve made sure all the pieces are affordable to show you that a limited budget doesn’t mean you should compromise on style.

 Dining Room

Image credit: Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole


We love this dining room; the fireplace, large windows and wooden bench all work together to create a bright, yet homely space. By adding pops of natural greenery to the room, the owners have injected life and colour without compromising their monochrome scheme. When combined with the pale wood of the benches and lampshades these colours work to create an inviting, sociable space. This is a great tip for any colour-phobes out there: introducing natural textures and greenery helps ad depth and dimension to an otherwise flat black and white room.

  1. HomeSense Macrame Plant Holder: £4.99

  2. IKEA Sheepskin Rug: £30

  3. Denelm Black Round Mirror: £20

  4. Next Textured Pom Pom Cushion: £14

  5. Cox & Cox Bamboo Lampshade: from £70

  6. Harvey Norman Faux Eucalyptus: £5

  7. Dunelm Oak Trestle Dining Table: on sale £174.50


Living Room

Image Credit: Colin Poole


The tan, leather loveseat in the living room is just asking you to curl up in it on a winter evening. In having the loveseat and sofa upholstered in different materials, the room feels trendy but remains an inviting space to relax with friends. To achieve this look, all you need is a sofa style you love and different fabric options, take a look at some pairings below for inspiration. The pale oak flooring throughout the home makes sure there is a sense of light throughout, something that is key when the colour scheme is predominantly black and white.

  1. Desenio Black & White Fern Poster: £2.95

  2. IKEA Sheepskin Rug: £30

  3. Havwoods Crendon Flooring: £23.94 plus VAT per m2

  4. H&M Home Ceramic Jug: £6.99

  5. DFS Pontico Leather Sofa: on sale £699

  6. Next Jute Storage Basket: £14



Image Credit: Colin Poole

Image Credit: Colin Poole


One of our favourite aspects of the kitchen is the pops of matte black. By opting for matte black over traditional chrome or brass finishes, the owners have created a cool, minimalist vibe. If you don’t fancy re-doing your whole kitchen but want to update it with some monochrome chic then try swapping out cabinetry handles for contrasting black ones and introducing in a couple of matte black soap dispensers; add in a macramé plant holder and a faux plant and your kitchen will be oozing with Scandi style.

  1. Gemini Tiles White Square Tiles: from £16.99 per m2

  2. Harvey Norman Faux Eucalyptus: £5

  3. Wilko Black Soap Dispenser Set: £5

  4. Wilko Black Knobs: £6 for pack of 4

  5. Debenhams Cat Hanging Planter: £9

  6. Matalan Geometric Rug: £40



Image Credit: Colin Poole

Image Credit: Colin Poole

Image Credit: Colin Poole

Image Credit: Colin Poole

By opting for darker, statement walls in teal-grey rather than black or grey in the bedrooms the owners were able to carry the colour scheme through to the upstairs without it feeling oppressive or dark in the smaller bedrooms. Colour-infused darker tones are a really simple way to create a bright and comforting space, especially in smaller rooms. Take the lead from the owners of this house and coordinate your bedding to the darker tones or opt for paler duvet covers to create a more tonal scheme.

  1. Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece: Prices start from £20.50 for 0.94L

  2. Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue: Prices start from £20.50 for 0.94L

  3. Copper Bed Frame: £399

  4. Amara Exposed Lamp: £45

  5. Aldi Faux Fur Cushion: £8.99

  6. Aldi Kirkton House Accent Chair: £99

  7. H&M Home Waffle Bedspread: £34.99



Image Credit: Colin Poole

Image Credit: Colin Poole


The same tips apply here as in the kitchen; an all-white bathroom with black accents helps maintain the colour scheme throughout the home. However, the pale wood flooring and black ceiling are a welcoming element and prevent the room from feeling too stark and uninviting.


  1. IKEA Artificial Fern: £8

  2. The Future Kept Paper Bag: £14.50

  3. Sainsbury’s Home Bathroom Basket: £6

  4. John Lewis & Partners Quick Dry Towels: £1.25 - £14

  5. IKEA Fjällbo Shelving unit: £60


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