Interiors: In black and white


    Monochrome is having a moment, so there’s never been a better time to use black and white to create a modern yet timeless space for your children

    When it comes to designing children’s rooms, black and white is often overlooked in favour of pastel hues or bold brights. There’s no reason to fear a monochrome palette, though, or be afraid of creating a seriously stylish space for your little ones using these super-chic tones.

    Yes, pastels are warm, but the use of black and white needn’t be stark. The key is to vary textures through the use of cushions, rugs and lampshades, ensure any lighting is soft and warm, and only call on black to punctuate a grey and white design scheme.

    What’s really great about monochrome styling is that it will never date. Simple yet striking, it works as well for toddlers as it does for teens. And all you need to do is update the space with unusual, playful and age-appropriate touches to keep things looking fresh and cool.

    If you’re thinking of embracing the trend, you may find that you’re spoilt for choice. Here’s our edit of stand-out monochrome offerings for inspiration.



    1. Tray, £14 2. Pineapple lamp, £60 3. Love Frankie printed lampshade, £40 4. Goose-feather pendant lampshade, £69 5. TellKiddo poster, £10 6. Play & Go play mat bag, £31.82 7. Farrow & Ball Estate emulsion in Skylight No.205, £39.50 8. Black cloud hanger, £8.99 9. Vitra Eames elephant stool, £172 10. Cotton cushion, £16

    Main image, from a selection at Tobias & The Bear