Black and white kitchens for monochrome fans

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  • A black and white scheme is always a sophisticated choice for a kitchen scheme and, whether you favour a traditional or modern scheme, monochrome is a palette that works perfectly both ways. From a chequerboard tiled floor for a 1950s diner feel, a black range cooker against classic white cabinetry for a country ambience, or the new wave of graphic patterns, outlines and silhouettes, there’s a black and white design to suit any scheme.

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    Here’s how to make it work for you…

    If you’re going for an entirely black-and-white scheme, make one shade dominant rather than giving each equal prominence. A predominantly white scheme has fresh appeal, but don’t overlook the elegance of a dark scheme with hints of white.

    Alternatively stick to accessories
    for a softer finish. Monochrome works with all tones of timber, as well as greys and pure shades, such as emerald green.

    Matching shades of white across different surfaces can be tricky. For example, a wallpaper with a white background may look more like cream next to a white table, so try to keep them apart, using black accessories as punctuation.

    A monochrome scheme can be bold and will usually benefit from some texture and a mix of surface finishes. Gloss and matt, opaque and dense – build up layers to add extra interest and soften any harshness.

    Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and scale. The trick is to surround pattern with something plain – except in the case of cushions. If you have bench seating, mix-and-match different designs for an informal feel.

    Take a look through our gallery to see which scheme’s the one for you!

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