'White-on-White' living

This laid back living room is all about texture and tone. An experiment in 'white-on-white'. 

SCROLL DOWN FOR IMAGES OF HOW THIS ROOM CAME TOGETHER AT THE DESIGN SHOW AND TIPS FOR CREATING A SPACE LIKE THIS IN YOUR OWN HOME : )

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Search the term 'white-on-white' on Pinterest and the results are room after room of zen-like interiors. Chill-out spaces where interest is created by the architecture, unique patinas and subtle differences in tone. This approach requires discipline (not to let colour sneak in) and some clever thinking (so as not to create a space that is – yawn – boring)

 

TIP: When creating a monotone space – texture, pattern and surface are your friend – think glass, metals wood, stone, ceramic, shell and foliage.

 
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For a room built on one colour hue - pattern and subtle variances are your friend. We used Resene wallpaper as our starting point - selecting geometric patterns of varying scale - matched with Resene whites with subtle hints of pink, grey and yellow.

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Next we added softness with these dreamy 1920's inspired lounge chairs from Adairs - big and comfy - we love the curved edges and pin-tuck detailing.

The hero art piece we selected for our chill-lax monochrome room is a limited edition photographic print by Rakai Karaitiana titled 'Kura'. You can loose yourself in the wide expanse of sea and sky while imagining the sounds and scent of the waves. 

 Old Trout by Glenn Jones

Old Trout by Glenn Jones

 Still Life by Belle Hawke

Still Life by Belle Hawke

 Thistle by Cloud 9 Creative

Thistle by Cloud 9 Creative

 

TIP: It's ok (in fact it's great!) to hang different artworks together. Choose pieces that have something in common - circles, nature, textural brush strokes and just a hint of colour are what unite these three works from endemicworld.

 
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We chose a round rug to echo the round shapes in the artworks, in a braided wool with just a hint of grey - The fabulous Braid Weave in the colour chalk, from our friends at The Ivy House. And a coffee table - as solid as the rug is soft - the classy Elle Luxe in white marble from SorenLiv

Add in the all important greenery and you have a calming space, mellow on colour yet big on character. 


Beside our 'white-on-white' living we designed a 'colour-meets-colour' boudoir... head here to see how it turned out >