The 4 Keys to a Stunning Monochromatic Space

Fundamentals of designing with a one-colour focus


Monochromatic rooms are a perennial favourite for their subtle sophistication and versatility in any space in the home. Not convinced that you can create a dynamically designed room using primarily one colour? Read on for a few designer tricks to ensure a pulled together look.

Mix Textures

Create an interesting space by mixing various textures in your chosen colour. For instance, in a white room, layer different textiles and materials such as a textured carpet, marble table lamp, and a linen wall covering to achieve a cohesive look while maintaining 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 primary colour and 25% contrast. Any greater than that and 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.


A Blank Canvas

Monochromatic spaces are great for showcasing artwork. 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

Use various shades of one colour to keep the room visually interesting. Variations of the main shade in a nuanced range from light to dark in your palette creates subtle sophistication in the space. Use a mixture of the spectrum to ensure a balanced look.

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For more tips on designing a monochromatic space, watch Brian’s Cityline segment where he breaks down designer speak.