Some people think monochrome kitchens can be boring. And they definitely can be – if done in a way that’s lacking any inherent soulfulness. But many of us have monochrome kitchens, because let’s face it – kitchen renovations are time-consuming and costly, and if you’re someone who doesn’t think they can live with a bold backsplash or colourful cabinets for years to come, neutral is definitely the way to go. And the reasoning doesn’t end there – we love these pared back kitchens because they tend to look sleek and clean, and they make bright, uplifting spaces to prep for daily meals.
The key to a monochromatic kitchen lies in injecting plenty of soulfulness for a space that feels full of personality – because they really can be just as exciting as a bold, colourful kitchen. Here are our tips for filling a monochromatic kitchen with heaps of soul, taking cues from one of Brian Gluckstein’s most recent kitchen designs:
Never Underestimate the Power of Texture
Especially in monochromatic spaces, texture is incredibly important for bringing a space to life. Pulling from the same colour family, incorporate a variety of textures you’re excited about to make sure your look doesn’t fall flat. In this space Brian opted for a soulful, honed travertine-look island that extends onto the floor, and back-painted fluted glass panels on the pantry and refrigerator doors for a touch of Art Deco-inspired texture.
Benjamin Moore OC-20 Pale Oak walls and cabinetry, Dekton by Cosentino Sterling in Travertine island
Warm hues tend to feel a little more soulful because of their cozy, earthy undertones. Here Brian used a warm white paint for the walls and cabinetry, which paired well with the warm white oak floors and warm travertine-look island. When designing a space, once you decide on sticking to a warm palette, make sure to commit to it for every material you choose – that way, it will look cohesive and overall be soothing to the eye.
Show Off Your Personality
Keep a few of your favourite decorative heirlooms or cherished cookbooks on display. Having a few personal items that you love will make your space feel happier and totally unique to you. Here Brian used colour-coordinating cookbooks and added a few décor pieces to bring life to the space.
Create Some Contrast
No space is complete without a little contrast, and this couldn’t be truer for monochromatic spaces. Make your space more eye-catching through dark, dramatic accents and varied metals. In this kitchen, Brian added contrast to all that warm white with industrial-style stark black metal framing to the pantry and refrigerator, sleek black chairs and a smoked glass table at the banquette, and a mix of brass and copper accents throughout.
GlucksteinHome Nathan Dining Chairs, GlucksteinHome tulip table, Grohe Essence Kitchen Faucet in Brushed Cool Sunrise
Photography courtesy of Angus Fergusson (1, 5&6) Jason Hartog (2, 3&4)