The 4 Secrets to a Stunning Monochromatic Space

Get the fundamentals of designing with a one-colour focus
Monochromatic Space
GlucksteinHome Sinclair sofa, Lucent table lamps

Monochromatic rooms are a perennial favourite for their subtle sophistication. While this look is deceptively simple, pulling it off in your own home may feel like a challenge. Not convinced that you can create a dynamically designed room using primarily one colour? We’re sharing a few designer tricks to help. Here are the secrets to creating a stylishly monochromatic space.

Mix Textures

When you’re working with primarily one colour, you’ll really want to lean into texture. Be sure to layer different textures in your chosen colour and look to a variety of materials and textiles to achieve this. For example, in an all white room, you could use a plushly textured carpet, a sleek marble table lamp, and a subtly textured linen wall covering. You’ll maintain a monochromatic look, while creating a lot of visual interest.

Strike the Right Balance

Every monochromatic colour scheme needs contrast in the space to keep it fresh and exciting. Start with a mix of 75% of the main colour and add 25% in contrast. If your contrasting colour is any more than that, the room is no longer considered monochromatic. Play with that ratio by increasing it up to 90% / 10% until you find a perfect balance in the room.

Brian’s Tip: A monochromatic space is the perfect environment to showcase great art, so it’s an ideal style for those who love to collect.

Showcase Your Art

Monochromatic spaces are great for showcasing artwork. Think of the room as a blank canvas for your favourite pieces. Whether you have an extensive collection or one incredible large-scale piece, a neutral backdrop allows the art to become the focal point of the room.

Light To Dark

While a monochromatic space focuses on one colour, don’t overlook the opportunity to incorporate various shades of that colour. This trick keeps the room visually interesting. Strive for a nuanced range from light to dark in your palette to create a subtle sophistication in the space.

For more tips on designing a monochromatic space, watch this Cityline segment with Brian Gluckstein where he breaks down common designer terms.

Photography by Angus Fergusson