THE NEW TREND: M O N O C H R O M E M E E T S P A S T E L.
M O N O C H R O M E L O V E I S H E R E T O S T A Y
By Melissa Lee at Young Folk
The bold effect of the monochrome palette is great to use in kids rooms and this trend has had a huge following worldwide and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Dare to break away from the traditional black and white colour palette and create a new vibe by adding pastel pops to your monochrome love. Perfect for spring and summer.
How to decorate with monochrome and pastels
The simple black and white style of monochrome forms a great background for colourful kids’ stuff and it’s easy to pull this look together! Let’s face it, not everything your kids own is going to be black, white or grey so why not let in a bit of colour, just be choosey with how you use it. Stop it from looking flat and boring with my decorating tips for monochrome & pastel kids’ rooms.
1. Get the balance right. As a general rule make white the main colour of your room, followed closely by black and then add pops of pastels as an accent. Be brave, rules are meant to be broken if done right.
2. Choose a palette of pastels to work with and limit them to about 2 or 3 colours. These colours may be dictated by some artwork, bedlinen and cushions you want to work with in your monochrome room. The colour could also work as the wall colour.
3. Add in pattern. Patterns really make this style work and stops it from looking too flat. Think bedlinen, cushions, prints, decorative pieces, rugs, wallpaper, wall decals in contrasting prints and patterns.
4. Add texture to create layers of interest. Try woven rugs, chunky knits, tactile fabrics, contrasting gloss and matt surfaces. This texture is great when it is the pastel element of the room. Makes it feel as though it really pops out.
5. Add metals. Adding in metal finishes such as rose gold and gold can really help to bring the pastel element in and they look hot with black and white. Silver works well too and gives a new dimension with reflective properties.
6. Too much colour creeping in? Add storage – the kind that hides stuff away. Toy sacks, storage boxes all can add to the rooms overall style and help to hide away too much of the colourful books and toys. Make them accessible for playtime or reading.
ARTICLE | Melissa Lee at Young Folk