Black and White monochrome schemes have been popular since the 1920’s and the Art Deco era. Rejecting the elaborate traditional schemes of old Victorian and Edwardian design, the post war period embraced black and white and introduced geometric design, sleek modern lines and decadence. Flouncy was replaced with the sleek and sensational.

Todays black and white schemes draw upon pattern, texture and layering to create warm and inviting spaces. If Hotel chic is your thing, matching the textiles in the room with military precision and throwing in a black and white statement art work is your best bet. The minimalist look can be a little on the harsh side. To avoid this, investment pieces are needed. Think 265 Wall Lights by Paolo Rizzatto or the pumpkin sofa by Ligne Roset, if less is more, invest, invest, invest.