Feeling’s Neutral

Use texture, pattern and tonal interplay when working with muted tones to create a dynamic interior scheme. Decor editor Juliette Arrighi de Casanova gives directional design and decor ideas to revive your space using a monochrome palette complemented by neutrals.

Coal Play

Kinetic patterns, such as splatters and brush strokes, energise a monochrome interior.

From back, left to right ‘Duna’ fabric in Ink, R890 per metre, Aureum Design; Tinted mirror, R4 290, LIM; Natali Krug ‘Tribal Tears’ vessel, R6 385, OKHA; ‘The Clinton’ Custom cabinet, R13 500, The New Modernist; Assouline GQ Men book, R2 845, Artefect; Aidan Bennetts Design candlestick, R1 250, Stable; Xenia Venter Abstrak Reeks.02 ‘01’ artwork, R2 000, NM Design; bowls in Liquorice, From R200 each, Mia Mélange; ‘Giant Moa’ light, R13 500, and ‘The Clifford’ daybed, R29 700 (including fabric), both Bofred; ‘Dark Matters’ cushions, R410 each, Portuur; ‘Ewe’ cloth, R7 775 (3x2m), LIM; ‘Cog’ table, R1 795, Weylandts; Assouline Le Corbusier book, R455, and The Little Black Dress book, R455, both Artefect; ‘Armani’ rug in black and silver, R4 200 per square metre, Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs; ‘Mesh’ coffee table, R4 500, Abode; Ceramic vases, R1 035 each, LIM.

Shape Up

Balance accessories by contrasting organic silhouettes with controlled, geometric ones.

From back, left to right ‘Broken Stripe’ fabric, R660 per metre, Lula Fabrics; ‘The Clinton’ Custom cabinet, R13 500, The New Modernist; William Kentridge The Nose book, R1 000, Robert Sherwood Design; ‘Ben’ bowl, R960, Ash Ceramics; fluted vase, R1 200, Jade Snell Ceramics; large tray, R365, LIM; Medium pot, R950, Large pot, R1 250, and mug, R160, all Jade Snell Ceramics; Xenia Venter Abstrak Reeks.02 ‘02’ artwork, R6 000, NM Design; platter, R720, Ash Ceramics; ‘Splash’ bottle, R700, and ‘Drip’ bottle, price on request, both Jade Snell Ceramics; oval basket, R650, Mia Mélange; tiered pot, R1 500, Jade Snell Ceramics.

Inky Depth

Oversized geometric black-and-white printed textiles inject personality into a slick scheme.

From back, left to right ‘Palm Fronds’ fabric, R660 per metre, Lula Fabrics; ‘Japonais’ tablecloth, R3 600, Isobel Sippel; ‘Jungle’ fabric in Ink, R890 per metre, Aureum Design; ‘Moa’ wall light, R2 950, Bofred; Brass Top desk with white inlay, R10 260, James Mudge; Alan Cristea Gallery Julian Opie Editions 1984–2011 book, R1 200, Robert Sherwood design; GVS Ceramics ‘Nipple’ bowl, R912, Stable; Natali Krug ‘Tribal Print’ vessel, R6 385, OKHA; Cylinder basket, R440, and stitched basket in black, R1 090, both Mia Mélange; Custom lacquered steel chair, R5 500, The New Modernist; Hemp ‘Zebra’ kilim, R24 900 (3.65×1.8m), La Grange Interiors; ‘Clip’ dining table, R13 500, Dark Horse; glass vase, R295, Weylandts; medium tray, R289, LIM; Wiid Design clay candlestick, R160, Stable; Cameroonian ‘Shield’ mirror, R1 325, LIM; Gregor Jenkin ‘Quaker’ chair, R5 472, Guild.

Carbon Copies

Couple black and white shapes for a striking effect.

From back, left to right Scion ‘Lohko’ wallpaper in Liquorice, R1 765 per roll, Black Fabrics; charcoal stone ‘Youth’ planter, charcoal stone ‘Shield’ planter, and grey stone ‘Shield’ planter, R3 000 each, All Gold.

Draw the Line

Mix thick bands of black with skinny stripes and stitched detailing for a complex and multifaceted design mesh.

From back, left to right Terra Nova ‘Malick’ fabric in Moonlight, R1 425 per metre, Hertex; ‘Yoruba’ chair, R12 900, LIM; ‘Dark Matters’ cushion, R410, Portuur; ‘Armani’ rug in Black and White, R4 200 per square metre, Gonsenhausers fine rugs; handle basket in Liquorice, R650, and Medium floor basket in Liquorice, R1 090, both Mia Mélange.

Photography Karl Rogers