Monochrome Interior Painting Ideas

We're thrilled to have Dana Tomic Hughes from Yellowtrace with us sharing her insights into some monochrome interior design and decorating ideas.

Dark and moody colours are an interesting beast. They can withdraw and magnify simultaneously, they are both dramatic and discreet, confident and submissive, soothing and exciting. This is precisely why I am so drawn to them – for their ability to be both yet neither, everything and nothing all at once.

Image from the portfolio of interior stylist Louisa Grey.

Perceptions of Monochrome

The common belief is that dark spaces feel smaller, more oppressive and less vibrant than their lighter “colleagues”. This may be true in some cases, however I, on the other hand, am a firm believer there are exceptions to every single rule. In light of this (or shall I say in dark of this), I wanted to explore some of the finest and most dramatic examples of moody monochrome house interior design. Although the saturated palette or dark greys and almost blacks has been around since the dawn of day, I am specifically interested in examples that really take the use of the “non-colours” to a whole new level, and in doing so, break new grounds.

Milan home of Marzio Cavanna. Photo by Davide Lovatti for Elle Decoration UK  Photo by Jean Francois Jaussaud for Elle Deco UK.

Monochrome Interior Decorating

Many of these spaces are about extreme contrasts, bold gestures, sharp and refined detailing, slicing and carving of volumes that create a dramatic distinction between the positive and the negative, solid and void. All of them show a hard-core commitment to the moody palette and I am here to applaud them. While this monochrome home décor approach isn’t for the faint hearted, there’s no denying the fact these spaces are exhilarating. It’s interesting to note that all of the interiors I’m sharing with have a very different “genetic make-up”.

Update Your Space

From contemporary, rustic, ornately heritage, super slick modern verging on futuristic, all the way to understated Japanese aesthetic. This is perfect proof that moody monochromes can be successfully applied in almost any situation, whether it’s monochrome design ideas for the bedroom, bathroom or kitchen. Still not convinced about our Monochrome friends? Perhaps you’re more of a black and white pattern kind of individual. Never fear – I just happen to have a few of those up my sleeve as well. Here are a few simple and incredible ways to articulate walls and elevate spaces (and stairs) from the mundane to the completely fabulous. 

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 Photo by Jean Francois Jaussaud for Elle Decor. Photo by Tommaso Sartori