A black and white apartment in Stockholm

I'm finding myself drawn to black and white a lot lately. I think it's partly the influence of all the monochrome fashion on the high street this season, but it also stems from a yearning for simplicity.

Whenever I visit blogs like Vosges Paris and Emmas Design Blog I always find myself admiring the consistency of their style, which is more often than not monochrome, softened with a touch of wood here and there, and always exquisitely styled. Sometimes it feels that there is so much competing noise on the internet, but both of these bloggers have created online spaces that just feel like really tranquil places to be - and they are places that I want to return to again and again.

So today I wanted to share with you another property I discovered via Fantastic Frank - this black and white apartment in Stockholm.

You don't necessarily need a big budget to make a statment and create an impact with black and white. What is required however is discipline and ruthless editing. It's not easy to limit all your worldly possessions (or at least the ones that are on display) to just two colours, but there is undoubtedly a sense of relaxation and harmony to be found in the simplicty of this colour scheme if you can manage to pull it off.

Although the rug introduces a shot of colour into the centre of the room (which is reflected back by the cushions on the sofa), notice how even this is constrained - it's not allowed to spread and sprawl elsewhere.

The monochrome scheme even extends to the soap in the bathroom and the table settings.

The simplicty of the apartment is in keeping with the austerity of the staircase via which it is accessed.

Have you managed to be as disciplined as this in applying a colour scheme? If so, how was it to live with? Did you find it easy to stick to?

Images via Fantastic Frank