19 Rooms That Make a Strong Case for Monochromatic Color Schemes

The epitome of cool, easy decorating.

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Crosby Studios

When you have a favorite color—even if that favorite color is black or white—why decorate with anything else? Besides, a room dipped in a single color is visually transfixing and very, very cool. Sure, variation is important, but you can inject personality and intrigue with textural contrast and tonal nuances. And aside from looking stylish, going monochrome makes it infinitely easier to come up with a color scheme, thus making the entire design process much less stressful. To give you a taste of the trend's beguiling effect, we rounded up nineteen monochromatic rooms, from neutral to vibrant, minimalist to maximalist, and everything in between. So keep reading for designer spaces that'll inspire you to commit to a monochromatic color scheme and never look back.

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Farrow & Ball
Black With Splashes of Brown and Gold

Contrary to popular belief, painting your walls an inky black hue won't necessarily make it feel smaller. Indeed, it usually has the opposite effect, making it feel larger. Here, the soft black paint makes it feel special and intimate in ways you'd never be able to achieve with a lighter hue (this specific shade is Farrow & Ball Railings No. 31). The charcoal bedding and velvet pillows along with the black painted picture frame, door, and bed frame contribute to the black-out effect while the bronze accents and wooden furniture brings in just a touch of contrast. The eclectic non-black pieces also assert a more lived-in, homey feel.

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Crosby Studios
Periwinkle on Periwinkle

Periwinkle, everything. In this space designed by Crosby Studio, the calming, powdery blue hue stains every inch, from the curtains to the trims, ceilings, furniture, and counters. There's something undeniable modern about using one specific color, and a pastel or neon shade delivers a great sense of bold quirkiness that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Studio Razavi
Bright White and Silver

All white interiors have infinite iterations, from the bohemian, texture-rich end of the spectrum to classic, coastal spins on the trend. And then there's this ultra-modern take by Studio Razavi, which punctuates white pieces with icy metallic accents.

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HB
Cheerful Yellow and Mellow Gray

From the cheery yellow stripes on the ceiling to the marigold coverlet and the buttercream and amber throw pillows, this room designed by Juan Carretero is a successful experiment in tonal decorating with the sunniest color of the rainbow. And while it's the sunniest, it isn't necessarily the easiest to match with in interiors. When in doubt, pair it with gray. Here, the gray touches cool things down without taking away from the all-yellow bliss.

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GTR Architects
Pale Pink and Cream

A light, delicate pink that provides just a touch of oomph looks undeniably stylish when paired with more modern, streamlined, and geometric pieces. In this kitchen designed by GRT Architects, the clean linear cabinetry and island complement the tonal palette in unexpected ways. It feels fresh and modern while the pink color makes it feel open and bright.

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Bjorn Wallander
White, Blue, and Everything In Between

In this bedroom designed by Alisa Bloom, the rich, liquidy sheen of a lacquer-like finish bounces light around a dark room. Bloom used Fine Paints of Europe’s Delft Blue 4003 in Hollandlac Brilliant to illuminate this bedroom, while the painting on the wall along with the trimming on the bedding and the wallpaper on the ceiling bring in more shades of blue.

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Hecker Guthrie
Pistachio, Copper, and Light Wood

Designed by Hecker Guthrie, this kitchen is the perfect balance between sweet and striking, cutting-edge and approachable. Thanks to the unique pistachio backdrop, from the tiled hood to the marble surfaces and painted green bar stool. The light wood floods and bistro table warm things up (and add architectural coolness to the island) and the copper pendant light sharpens the space.

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Fantastic Frank
Black and White Spectrum

Bold graphic black and white stripes create a fun house effect in this dining nook, which is extenuated by the trippy zebra decor adorning the tilting table top. The gray furniture lightens the intensity of the graphic black and white strips while the gilt mirror introduces just a touch of warmth.

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Nicole Franzen
Warm Light Brown Neutrals

These light walls create the perfect backdrop with various shades of warm caramels and creams throughout the space. The architectural elements, like the sconces, corner fan, built-in sectional, ceiling, and coffee table, bring nature-inspired personality to the monochrome living room.

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Reid Rolls
All White With a Pop

With light blond stained hardwood floors and a bright white painted framework, the chrome chair upholstered in a vibrant print is a welcome accent. Leanne Ford Interiors is the master of all-white decorating with unexpected pops that really shake things up.

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Mikael Axelsson
Soft Blue-Gray

Enveloped in a soothing soft blue, this bedroom promises rest and relaxation (plus style). Even the floors are stained in a blue-gray tone to enhance the walls, bedding, and side chair. This is the perfect monochromatic color scheme for an ethereal, dreamy quality. The linen bedding and makeshift side table accent chair contribute to that easy, undone elegance.

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HB
Pinks, Creams, and a Touch of Red

While some monochromatic color schemes mean dipping everything in the exact same color, it can also be achieved by using varying tones within the same color family. For example, in this living room nook designed by Janie Molster, we see splashes of magenta and bubblegum pink in the carpet, a background of high gloss salmon on the wall, and bold lipstick red stripes in the settee. The creamy white details throughout create both contrast and consistency.

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Fantastic Frank
Moody Nuetrals

If you think crisp all-white interiors look too stark but still like the look and feel of light neutrals, opt for warm oat-y creams or layers of soft, smokey grays. The results are edgy and industrial yet gentle and understated.

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Fantastic Frank
Brown, Yellow, and Cream

Pale yellow walls on the upper half of the wall complement the geometric mustard and white tiles framing the bathtub. The terra cotta herringbone floor tiles are a nice transition. They feel subtle and "accidental," yet match nicely—perfect for a lived in country chic vibe.

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Angie Seckinger
Blue Patterns Against Blue Patterns

Instead of using paints and solids for your desired monochromatic color scheme, opt for a tight pattern. Or, in the case of this bedroom designed by Cameron Rupert, a few contrasting repeating patterns in the same color scheme. The curtains and wallpaper feature the same cream and blue print while the upholstered chair and ottoman set bring in a splash of red the break things up and the blue bedskirt matches the duvet.

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Maltsev Design
Blue Pink and Beige

Maltsev Design went with a dusty rose and pale pink color scheme, introducing intrigue through textural contrast, like the glossy side table, iridescent throw pillow, fluffy duvet, and rich carpeting. There's also some subtle pattern play to keep things interesting without veering away from the monochromatic color scheme.

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