Treat your home to a graphic black and white makeover

The combination of black and white is a timeless classic.

Often used in fashion, such as Audrey Hepburn's iconic dress and the unofficial Derby Day dress code, the trend has started to seep into interior decorating.

If you're thinking about undertaking home renovations, why not opt for a monochromatic palette?

Lovers of black and white who are feeling bold could opt for coating their walls with the colours. Resene All Black could be a daring choice for a feature wall, with the other surfaces painted a crisp white or Resene Alabaster to offset the darkness.

If you're not quite brave enough for black and white walls, why not paint your furniture in the shades? Leave walls a neutral colour and let statement chairs, tables, mirrors and photo frames do the talking.

Don't be afraid to mix up prints and patterns when you're following the monochromatic trend. Animal prints, florals and stripes can all work within one space if the colour scheme is pared back.

Create your own stripes with your favourite black and white paints and low tack masking tape.  Vary the width of the stripes or run them horizontally for a unique look.

For an extra touch of glamour, consider using high-gloss paints and varnishes to make your room really shine. This can also help make your room appear brighter, as light will bounce off the shiny surfaces.

Black and white looks really modern in the kitchen. Why not paint a wall in Resene Blackboard Paint for your very own super-sized shopping list or menu? Keep some white chalk handy and scrawl all over the board to your heart's content.

Black and white check tiles can look fantastic in both kitchens and bathrooms. They're a timeless statement that look equally as good with bright furniture as they do with wooden accents. Just make sure you put at least a weekend aside for the renovations, and don't be afraid to call in the experts for help.

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