It is a common misconception that a lack of colour will result in a room feeling lifeless. In reality a monochrome room can be just as effective as any other style and can in fact make a living space much more relaxing overall. Most monochrome interiors commonly utilise black, white and grey, but varying shades of any other colour are also effective. When applied correctly, monochrome provides all kinds of interesting and stylish designs, as is the case in the following stunning examples.
1. A Hint of Colour
Shades of grey have been expertly applied here, giving the room the appearance of a black and white photograph, which is given away only by the occasional splashes of cyan that complement the greys and whites. The wooden pallet table adds to the varied textures on display.
2. Mostly White
White is favoured here but the sparingly used black details punctuate and soften out what would otherwise be a stark looking room. The patterns vary slightly but remain satisfyingly coordinated, whilst the single grey wall offers an interesting contrast without intruding on the rest of the space.
3. A Little Colour Goes a Long Way
We’ve seen an example of it already, and the living room above further illustrates the point. If the simple black and white contrast of many monochrome interiors is a bit to severe for your liking, then the integration of some subtle colours is all that’s needed to entirely alter the feel of a space. Here, the pale yellow gives the room a sense of warmth.
4. Do Something Creative
This art studio could easily pass for a work of art itself with its careful arrangements and use of colour. Perhaps the real centrepiece, though, is that spider-like light fixture overlooking it all.
5. Keep It Simple
Less is certainly more in this example, which makes the most of a large space whilst avoiding any sense of isolation. Natural light is used to great effect, perfectly capturing the conflicting textures of the floor and rug.
6. A Place of Contemplation
Whites, greys and even pale brown have been combined to great effect in this study. The black table stands out in the centre but the decor behind it provides a good contrast. The brown soaks up some of the natural light and stops it becoming too intrusive, creating in the process a calming space in which to work.
7. A Bold Bathroom
This black floor has a very powerful visual presence in what is an almost entirely white bathroom, providing a stark contrast that highlights just how spacious the room is. The black details prevent the space from appearing too austere, and give it a crisp, clean feel overall.
8. A Subtle Approach
A monochrome interior can be as bold or as understated as you like. In this example, the black and white design is limited to the tiled floor, but it works beautifully, bringing the otherwise plain Victorian hallway to life.
9. Create Balance
Your choice of colours goes a long way to determining the character of a room. Here, the even mix of black and white bring a perfect balance to the space, and the pale grey floor does its job of tying the room together.
10. It’s Not All About Black & White
Monochrome rooms do not always have to be black and white, as this winning combination of grey and pale blue shows. There are small, colourful elements scattered throughout but they do not detract from the overall image of a calm, relaxing living space.