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Ditch the pastels, monochrome home decor is in for spring

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Spring home decor doesn't have to look like the Easter bunny designed it

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Who says you have to use pastel colours to get a fresh spring look? Black, white and grey are in this season. Incorporate them into your home for a sophisticated, modern look.

Monochrome is made for a home office

Monochrome is perfect for making a style statement in any room of your home. Create a gallery of black and white pictures on your wall, framed in sleek black. Or paint an old desk or cabinet black for an instant contemporary revamp.

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Monochrome can be soft and subtle

Monochrome doesn't have to be geometric or bold and in your face. This dining room setting shows how black, white and grey can be used to achieve a muted, calming effect. The key is to avoid large blocks of any one colour and keep patterns fluid. Plenty of soft shades of grey will soften the effect of the black/white contrast.

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Add grey and black accessories to a white backdrop

Add a lick of white paint and a few grey and black accessories and you can achieve the monochrome look without too much time, fuss or money.

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Mix monochrome with other colours, like blue, to tone it down a bit

If you're worried that a monochrome design might be too cold for your taste or might seem too modern, you can tone it down by bringing in another colour. Blue is the perfect backdrop for the bold and graphic nature of black and white.

Spring home decor doesn't have to look like the Easter bunny designed it

Image: Sainsbury's, nibble bowl, £3; mug, £4; serving platter, £10; black woven and terry tea towels ,£8; monochrome woven baskets, £10; minimalist black velvet cushion, £6; graphic monochrome bath towels, from £6.

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Don't rule out those pastels just yet

We've said spring decor doesn't have to mean pastels but pastel shades actually work really well alongside monochrome and it softens the overall effect. Pale peach, soft olive green and lemon yellow can be fresh and inviting mixed in with black, white and grey. It's also a really versatile decor trick, as you can change your accessories with each new season, depending which colours you want to dominate, or to switch up the style. For example, you could replace this green velvet footstool with a sleek black coffee table and switch the cushions and lampshades for dark grey or black alternatives to create a more contemporary look.

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Go for bold with monochrome wallpaper

If you're ready to fully embrace monochrome style, why not go all out and pick a patterned wallpaper? It will instantly transform your home. As a general rule, keep kitchen walls more white than black for a light, airy feel. Other rooms, such as your bedroom or living room, can be transformed into elegant spaces with darker wall coverings. Textured monochrome wallpaper adds a further touch of luxury.

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More on spring decor trends

Modern ways to incorporate floral prints into your home
Kitchen design trends we can't stop drooling over
What are the trendy colours for spring/summer home decor?

This post brought to you by Sainsbury's.

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