Monochrome paint inspiration for your home from Paint & Paper Library

Have you heard? Paint & Paper Library is launching ‘MONOCHROME’, an elegant collection of six pairs of black and white shades, tonally formulated to be used together in chic, subtly harmonious relationships.

Ceiling: Flat Light in Pure Flat Emulsion | Main Wall: Beyond Blue in Pure Flat Emulsion | Highlight Stripe: Blue Vein in Pure Flat Emulsion

Ceiling: Minim in Pure Flat Emulsion | Upper Wall: Kohl in Pure Flat Emulsion | Lower Wall: Minim in Pure Flat Emulsion | Coat Hook: Opus in Architects’ Eggshell

Ceiling: Thames Mud in Architects’ Eggshell | Wall: Capuchin in Architects’ Eggshell | Window Frame: Charbone in Architects’ Eggshell

Walls: Minim in Architects’ Matt | Units: Opus in Architects’ Eggshell | Island: Kohl in Architects’ Eggshell

Each white tone has been carefully selected for its versatility: all six whites can be used as striking, independent, all-over shades, but appear equally effectively as beautiful, plain whites within a scheme of tonal similarity.

Each black tone has been judiciously designed to be used with its monochromatic partner, in lesser or greater proportion, to dramatically change the interplay of light and space in a room, while at the same time effortlessly coordinating with existing materials and surfaces in the interior scheme.

Each white and black pair adopts the hue of the Paint & Paper Library ‘Original’ colour shown alongside it, thus presenting six options of varying undertone, including ochre, pink, warm grey, cool grey, blue and green.

Marketing Director, Ruth Mottershead, explains the thinking behind the new collection:

“Many of the world’s most elegant interiors, old and new, have used black & white colour schemes to achieve maximal impact with minimum effort. In truth, it’s a disarmingly simple principle, and the considered, subtle combinations in the ‘Monochrome’ colour card avoid any unpleasant, harsh contrasts of pure jet black and bright, brilliant white.”

The collection will be launched in September 2019. It will be available nationally and internationally via Paint & Paper Library’s network of stockists and online at

Ceiling and Upper Wall: Clean White in Architects’ Matt | Lower Wall: New Black in Architects’ Matt

Ceiling: New Black in Pure Flat Emulsion | Cornicing and Wall: Clean White in Pure Flat Emulsion

Ceiling: Raw Chalk in Pure Flat Emulsion | Main Wall: Ilex in Pure Flat Emulsion | Highlight Stripe: Sobek in Pure Flat Emulsion

Ceiling and Wall: Raw Chalk in Pure Flat Emulsion | Door and Balustrades: Ilex in Pure Flat Emulsion | Highlight Stripes: Sobek in Pure Flat Emulsion

Ceiling: Eau de Violette in Pure Flat Emulsion | Main Wall and Radiator: Pontefract in Pure Flat Emulsion | Door: Pontefract in Architects’ Eggshell

Based in London,  United Kingdom,  Jenny Kakoudakis is the founder, 

creative director and writer behind

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