I generally recommend that clients keep their palette neutral and inject color in minimal amounts. Keeping a pliable, subtle palette, allows you to introduce color in small doses to make a larger impact visually. However, I uncovered this Black, White, and Masculine space and fell in love.
Even Will, from bright.bazaar, who uses color and #makeyousmilestyle for his own blog and interior decorating style, suggests the following:
As a guide, use the 60:30:10 rule: 60 per cent of your room in your primary / base colour, 30 per cent in the secondary details (upholstery, curtains, furniture) and 10 per cent for the accent – often the brightest – colour (pillows, blankets, vases). — William Taylor-Willis
This minimalistic approach works because the designer chose to highlight existing architecture by creating contrast between the walls and fireplace by painting the entire window frame high-gloss black. This creates moments of movement and pause. Allowing your eye to unintentionally focus on the white/black contrast in one cohesive view.
Here are more examples taken from my Pinterest board to use for your own Black, White, and Masculine inspiration.
Just because the room lacks color, it definitely does not fall short of character. Utilize the architecture and large graphic prints to reinvent your space.
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