How To Master The Monochromatic Look

Our guide to one color wonders.

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The monochromatic look is a perennial favorite in the design world, and for good reason. It's a sophisticated, natural way to pull a room together, and allows disparate styles, eras, and objects to play together well, unified through a cohesive color palette.

Depending on the color used, rooms with limited palettes can range from feeling light and airy to intense and energetic. No matter the vibe you're aiming for, there are a few rules of thumb that can help prevent a room from feeling flat and monotonously monochrome.

Scroll for tips, tricks and some visual inspiration of times one color worked wonderfully.


Add warmth and texture to a one-color paint job with warm, natural wovens

Photo: Laure Joliet

Hampie Straw Basket ($180)

Natural Oak Dining Chair ($600)


Keep color from falling flat by amping it up with luxe, light-catching texture. 

Photo: Chris Patey

The Morgan Sofa ($2,925)

Susie Italian Modern Chair by Consort ($3,000)


Lighten up even the most saturated spaces with glints of glimmer.

Photo: Daniel Collopy

Brass Globe Wall Sconce ($300)

Brass Head Sculpture ($460)

Hang mirrors to add depth and visually-interesting angles.

Photo: Laure Joliet

Vintage Italian Brass Shield Framed Mirror ($3,000)

Starting Point Mirror in Black ($650)


Top with large, statement lighting for highlights and shadows that add tonal dimension.

Photo: Christopher Patey

Pair of White Industrial Pendants ($1,800)


Shade Light Pendant in Black Aluminum ($450)

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