Interiors stylist and journalist Hilary Robertson explores elegant kitchens and bathrooms decorated in a monochrome palette…

The black and white kitchen is lit by natural light from an atrium, so despite the glossy black tiles and bitter chocolate walls, the space is bright. A white island conceals storage and houses a sink and hob/stovetop. The part-tiled wall is built out enough to include a shallow shelf for utensils, chopping boards, bottles of olive oil, African baskets and a black Anglepoise lamp.

The black and white kitchen is lit by natural light from an atrium, so despite the glossy black tiles and bitter chocolate walls, the space is bright. A white island conceals storage and houses a sink and hob/stovetop. The part-tiled wall is built out enough to include a shallow shelf for utensils, chopping boards, bottles of olive oil, African baskets and a black Anglepoise lamp.

The living space in this carriage house is accessed via a staircase from the entrance hall on ground level, so it sits higher than most living quarters, making it very light,. The kitchen takes up half the footprint of this area and is big enough for a large oak dining table and comfortable chairs

The living space in this carriage house is accessed via a staircase from the entrance hall on ground level, so it sits higher than most living quarters, making it very light,. The kitchen takes up half the footprint of this area and is big enough for a large oak dining table and comfortable chairs

In the kitchen, dark wood cabinets run along one wall and there are no wall cabinets. Instead, a long black shelf is used as an opportunity to display pictutes and objects. A group of olive wood chopping boards on the work surface add a welcome organic touch.

In the kitchen, dark wood cabinets run along one wall and there are no wall cabinets. Instead, a long black shelf is used as an opportunity to display pictutes and objects. A group of olive wood chopping boards on the work surface add a welcome organic touch.

In the bathroom, the walls are clad in giant slabs of dramatically veined marble. More marble forms an innovative sink unit, where water drains away via a discreet horizontal slot

In the bathroom, the walls are clad in giant slabs of dramatically veined marble. More marble forms an innovative sink unit, where water drains away via a discreet horizontal slot

A freestanding claw-foot bathtub sits in the middle of the large bathroom. The pitched roofline, round window and traditional tub give the room unexpected character

A freestanding claw-foot bathtub sits in the middle of the large bathroom. The pitched roofline, round window and traditional tub give the room unexpected character

This panelled bathroom is painted in a cool grey with blue undertones. Narrow vertical grooves give the room a clean, modern feel. Windows are fitted with shutters painted the same shade and shelves are accessorised with white objects

This panelled bathroom is painted in a cool grey with blue undertones. Narrow vertical grooves give the room a clean, modern feel. Windows are fitted with shutters painted the same shade and shelves are accessorised with white objects

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  • pictures: Pia Ulin