Black meets white Black and white has been a classic interior colour combo for… well, forever. Take this ultra versatile monochromatic palette and give it a twist for today, bringing in an eclectic mix of ethnic accessories, some touch-me texture and teams the black and white with soft warm browns for a look that’s a little bit masculine and hugely appealing. There’s an underlying ethnic theme – the African-style print, the potted palm, the fish-pot pendant light, the eastern-style stool and the Moroccan table. Together, they make this room look like it’s been plucked out of colonial times when good Victorian men did the Grand Tour and came back bearing collectibles from distant shores. Start with a wall in Resene SpaceCote Flat in Resene Baltic Sea to give this dark delicious colour a velvety look. The other walls are in Resene Ditto, an unusual white with a pink undertone. Add a variety of mid-toned stony and tea-stained neutrals like Resene Stonewashed for the fireplace, Resene Triple Napa for the legs of the brass-topped table, Resene Quarter Napa for the plant pot and Resene Oilskin for the vase. A monochromatic scheme like this is brought to life with texture – the open weave of a basket, the roughness of the plant pot, the fish-pot style pendant light and the coursely woven linen cushion. You can also go to the other extreme and include glossy surfaces, like the beaten brass tumbler and brass top on the coffee table. Styling by Gem Adams, photo by Melanie Jenkins.