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It was SO much fun to do this shoot for the May issue of Homestyle magazine (out now) and I’m so pleased with how it turned out! We wanted to create ‘3 Looks’ for Print & Pattern and an obvious look was spots and stripes, creating a polka dot wall for the living room, and what better palette to choose than the ever popular Monochrome.

We wanted to add a splash of just one colour and in my opinion, the best accompaniment for black and white is mint – don’t you think? We chose a few monochrome and mint accessories from the gorgeous Oliver Bonas.

Applying the spots was the best part of the shoot, my lovely set-builder (AKA Steve Paul Wilson from The Great Interior Design Challenge) was a little apprehensive at first, I reassured him that it needed to be a spontaneous application and to just go for it! He made a stencil and then he was off, didn’t he do a great job!  We thought it would be quite fun to let the dots run out at the top of the shot, it also acts as a nice frame making the circles stand out a little more.

Monochrome and mint living room with dotty painted wall. Styling Pippa Jameson, Photography by Jo Henderson for Homestyle magazine

Keep your larger pieces of furniture plain to avoid the scheme becoming too busy, I would recommend a white or light grey sofa.  We used one from Ikea and I think it looks pretty cool.

Monochrome and mint living room with dotty painted wall. Styling Pippa Jameson, Photography by Jo Henderson for Homestyle magazine

The black and white prints add a little fun and humour, sticking them with washi tape makes the look a little less formal. Black and white photos in frames would work just as well.

Monochrome and mint living room with dotty painted wall. Styling Pippa Jameson, Photography by Jo Henderson for Homestyle magazine

We are in love with this large stripe tile from Rocket St George, it makes the perfect coaster and is big enough for 2 cups, it also doubles up as a handy base for a candle.

Monochrome and mint living room with dotty painted wall. Styling Pippa Jameson, Photography by Jo Henderson for Homestyle magazine

If you are looking to buy wallpaper instead then check out House of Fraser or Emma Bridgewater’s from John Lewis and Etsy

Photographed by the very talented Jo Henderson

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  • Carole King

    I’m really into monochrome at the moment Pips. Hadn’t considered adding mint. Until now. It looks great xx

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    This looks brilliant! You could also use a potato or a round sponge! Love it x

  • Geraldine

    Gorgeous styling Pippa. I can’t wait to show you my Oliver Bonas styling soon too.

  • This is so fun but I can imagine some people swearing more than just a little when dotting one dot after another on the wall ;-) The mint and grey works perfectly with it, it looks great. Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Thanks Carole – there was actually a little swearing on set, ha ha! Have a great weekend as well xx

  • Thanks Geraldine! I’m just about to hop over to look at your Oliver Bonas styling – they are my no.1 shop. HUGE fan of their clothes as well xx

  • Great idea Susie and thank you. I quite like the idea of a black wall with white spots… xx

  • Thanks lovely. I also love a bit of monochrome :) xx

  • Maxine

    Love this look so much. I like the idea of taping up art so you can move it around my home as I change my mind.

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Pippa Jameson is an experienced Interior Stylist, Art Director, Consultant and TV Designer who has worked in London and abroad for the past 20 years. This site was started as a way for Pippa to share her industry knowledge of current interiors news and trends, whilst having a behind the scenes glimpse of a life in the day of a Stylist.

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