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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

Tips to Achieve a Monochromatic Kitchen Design

Monochromatic kitchen colour schemes bring a contemporary appearance to the room and create a vivid backdrop with similar colours. Monochromatic kitchen colour schemes are both timeless and trendy, yet the look is more difficult to achieve than you might imagine. It can be a challenge to keep an all-white kitchen from being boring, or to find the right shade of grey paint to match your cabinets and then choose a countertop that fits the look. Here are our favourite tips for monochromatic kitchen design.


You don’t need a precise colour match to create a look that wows.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to try to make everything the exact same shade. Matching cabinets, paint, countertops, and floor would be quite stressful, and it wouldn’t give you the look you want to achieve. Imagine a room that’s one big solid colour; it would be overwhelming, stark, and boring. Incorporating slight variations in colour is what makes a monochromatic style kitchen appealing.


Go for the same colour in slightly different tones.

Start with your colour of choice, and then cultivate a slight variation in tone throughout the major elements of your kitchen. You want to discover several complementary hues you can blend into your colour scheme to avoid everything looking the same. Tone-on-tone kitchen perfection involves using different saturations of one colour to achieve contrast and movement. It’s a great option for those who struggle with combining colours but don’t want a flat look.


Texture is everything.

When designing a monochromatic kitchen, especially one designed using the same shades for floors, cabinets, and walls, texture is a priority. Varying the texture will keep it all from looking washed out and/or boring.



Mix in some natural wood.

Natural wood can be a neutral way to break up the single-color look. Make use of wood finishes on the floors; open shelving; a butcher’s block or island countertop; or the island chairs to break but also enhance the monochromatic look. Timber flooring with visual and textural appeal can help draw attention and add some balance to the overall design.

Mixing styles.

This one is not for everyone. Go for a gloss door on your wall units and a matt door for your floor units. Done well, this mix of styles can really set your kitchen apart from the standard monochromatic kitchens. Remember to look at your kitchen as a whole if you’re also doing this; things like flooring or wall materials can help bring out features and blend styles so that it really works!


Go for contrast with your backsplash and Island countertop.

A contrasting backsplash and island countertop can make your monochromatic kitchen stand out. It both shows off the beautiful features of the granite or quartz you choose and makes the colour of your walls and cabinetry more impactful.


Use accessories to create small areas of contrast.

Many kitchens have cooking utensils and equipment on the counters, as well as hanging towels. Use these as an opportunity to add pops of colour that mix well with your main monochromatic theme. If you’re going to keep your kitchen one colour, consider breaking up the look with metal fixtures. It doesn't always have to pop, but can work smoothly with the design.


If you want to go for a monochromatic kitchen, use these tips. If decision-making has you overwhelmed, schedule a design consultation with one of our experts; we can help guide you to a monochromatic kitchen design you’ll love.

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