February 12, 2013
Is there a better description for this turn-of-the-century attic apartment than rustic monochrome?
The large bright living room; the original black beams on the ceiling; a dramatic black wood floor that pops against the crisp white walls; a beautiful fireplace that cozies up the space. This is a winning combination.
If you would like to have a monochrome scheme but fear it might come across as being too cold, then adding some natural materials and textures such as natural plants and wood elements (for example, an oak coffee table with a beautiful brown patina) as well as memorabilia or heirlooms will create a sense of balance. The key to achieving charm and an inhabited feeling ultimately lies in the details.
You can also take it a step further by introducing an accent colour in small details such as cushions or throws, and rotate the colour on a seasonal basis – all while keeping the monochrome base.
As for the floor – if you are interested in a dramatic black oak floor that will last a lifetime – we recommend Kährs Oak Nouveau Charcoal, a 2-strip floor with a brushed, black pigmented, matt lacquer finish.