I have never been particularly traditional when it comes to Christmas. Of course, we have a tree and presents and invite the family around for a full day of eating and drinking and I adore Christmas music and movies – I wouldn’t mess with those traditions! But when it comes to my decor, I tend to ignore the typical ‘red-and-green’ colour palette in favour of something a little different.
This year, I’ve been inspired by the proliferation of black and white in design and how simple it is to incorporate this look into your own home this Christmas. I think it works particularly well with Scandinavian style and its pared back simplicity, but it can also look stunning mixed with warm wood tones and more traditional and rustic style furniture as we have here at Oak Furnitureland.
I love Just Destiny’s glamorous tree as seen above. Mixed with metallics in gold, bronze and silver, this black and white theme is sure to turn heads. Using a black and white ribbon around the whole tree really sets the theme and combined with soft touchable textures, the look is warm and inviting.
For a more contemporary twist, Chris at Celebrations At Home shared her monochrome decorations in her stylish living room. She used baubles of all different sizes to create her monochrome look, making it a great budget option too. The baubles are used in creative ways – piled up in a tray and placed on top of candlesticks – showing us they aren’t just for the tree when it comes to decorating for the festive season.
Consider creating some handmade ornaments as seen on The Big Reveal. Simple white baubles can be transformed with some black paint or markers for instant monochrome charm for your tree.
If black and white decor is good enough for Michael Buble as evidenced in his Christmas Home Tour over on Style at Home, it’s good enough for me. Combine simple gold-rimmed plates with a black table cloth and lashings of gold accents to take this simple monochrome to new heights of glamour. A sprig of greenery is all you need to give it a little bit of colour and a few candles will make your Christmas table shine.
Homeyohmy gets us in the monochrome mood with a gorgeous DIY to create your own ‘Merry’ garland. Mix with black and white for simple but chic look for your blank walls this Christmas.
Life as a Moodboard has also gifted us a fantastic tutorial to create your own paper garland. Simply print, decorate, create your own patterns and string along your tree, mantle or walls for a bit of Scandi charm.
Of course, if you don’t fancy yourself as the crafty type, you can always look to Etsy where plenty of skilled makers sell their creations. These cute monochrome Christmas stockings from Bye Bye Birdie England would make the perfect addition to your monochrome inspired scheme.
For any Christmas theme, it’s always good to carry it right through to the smallest details. Mamas Kram has taken some festive DIY gift tags, washi tape and bakers twine and combined with empty loo roll holders (yes really!) created festive small parcels.
Or you can follow Michael Buble’s lead and use a simple black and white striped Christmas wrapping paper tied with a wide black ribbon for simple chic at its best. A simple sprig of pine creates an elegant touch that’s so easy to recreate.
You can even create your own wrapping paper to match your black and white theme perfectly. Oh Happy Day shares her tips in this post to get four individual looks using things you probably already have around the house!
And finally, I fell for Homey Oh My’s simple wrapping idea using a star paper punch and twine to create these festive wrapped presents. Her full DIY shows how simple it is to give really creative and individual gifts this season.
So I hope this post has given you some ideas to create your very own monochrome look this Christmas! How will you be decorating this year? We’d love to see your pics! Share your pics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We’ll be sure to feature our favourites!