Designer looks for less | Monochromatic living room

How often do you thumb through your favourite magazine, find a room you really love the look of, only to be disappointed because it’s way too expensive for you to replicate, or it’s too difficult to find the pieces featured? If you’re like me…all the time!

Welcome to “Designer looks for less”…a new feature here at Blossom and Bright. I’ll be showcasing some of my favourite home design images, and sharing how to achieve the look yourself, well within budget! Let’s kick it off with this stunning living room taken from the June/July 2014 issue of Belle magazine. This striking living room featuring the darkest of grey walls, is the work of French designers Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stephane Garotin of Maison HAND.

Belle magazine June/July 2014

‘Mustique’ sofa by Gordon Guillaumier for Lema is upholstered in Designers Guild velvet. Isamu Noguchi coffee table. Arne Jacobsen ‘AJ’ floor lamp. Both artworks are by Francoise Petrovitch.

Sounds impressive…and a bit overwhelming, doesn’t it. You don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve this look. You’re aiming for the feel of the room, so let’s break it down…

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  1. Splash a coat of Dulux “Domino” on the walls, and “Vivid White” on your doors, ceiling, cornice, and trim. If you feel that a room painted entirely in dark grey is too much; experiment with a feature wall and keep the rest of your room white.
  2. Layer a plush, warm white shag rug, with black detail, upon your timber floors for softness underfoot.
  3. Select a 3-seater fabric lounge in navy. It’s all about plump cushions and comfort in this space; ideal for family living.
  4. Dress your windows with sheer curtains. To achieve the ombre look featured in the inspiration room, purchase white or cream curtains, and dip dye them in navy.
  5. For extra seating, add a retro timber armchair in navy fabric. Whilst the armchair linked may seem a little pricey, it is an investment piece. To stay within your budget, keep your eye out at your local thrift shops or Gumtree for a similar style, and recover it yourself. I recently snagged an almost identical armchair for a mere $5!
  6. If you’re not opposed to replica pieces, you can purchase a replica  Isamu Noguchi coffee table. This design is a classic, and won’t feel outdated any time soon. Not only will this large coffee table add function to your living room; it will allow you to see more of your gorgeous rug, and give you a place to display your favourite hardcover books.
  7. carved wood side table, stained in ebony will give you an extra usable surface in your living room, and add a little texture and interest.
  8. Task lighting beside your lounge is a must. Try this sleek and stunning replica Arne Jacobsen AJ floor lamp for an exact match!
  9. Lastly, add greenery to your space by displaying fresh, white flowers, and succulents in cylindrical glass vases.

Let’s talk about artwork. This is your opportunity to stamp your own personality on your home, and add a pop of colour to your monochromatic living room. There are loads of options…

  • Purchase artworks for your walls
  • Select a couple of prints or posters, and frame in simple white frames
  • Display a cluster of white frames featuring a mix of colour, and black and white family photos
  • Print your favourite photos onto oversized canvases
  • Embrace your artistic flare and create your own
  • Move some artwork from another space in your home

Belle | June-July 2014 | page 193

What do you think of this monochromatic living room? What would you add to it to call it your own?

If you’ve seen an image of a space online you’d like to replicate in your own home, but don’t know where to start, drop me an email to

About Lisa Warren

Lisa Warren is an Australian-based blogger, passionate about all things home decor and getting creative. Her make things pretty and to make pretty things. Blossom and Bright is your online destination for satisfying your inner decorator, diy’er, and homemaker.

6 comments on “Designer looks for less | Monochromatic living room

  1. Great idea! I am trying to do something similar. I have a Pinterest board and have got an idea of what I like. Now I am trying to source similar things on the cheap, with one or two quality items thrown in.

    How about a ‘how to make your own watercolour painting’ post? I love the sneak peek of the one you did. Love to learn how to do it at home!

    Also, I have been surprised at some of the great things I have seen at Reject Shop. Mainly their ceramic barrels/side tables.

    • If you need a hand Janna, let me know! I love sourcing homewares and furniture.
      I hear you on The Reject Shop. They recently had drum stools, and gorgeous trellis print footstools for a really reasonable price.

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