Monochromatic Room Design

Mentors Ian Wrightson and Steven Stewart, Principals of Wrightson Stewart, share insight into how they create gorgeous monochromatic interiors.

Monochromatic interiors are a favourite at Wrightson Stewart. We love the challenge of seeing just how far we can take one single colour in both texture and sheen.

Monochromatic colour schemes use variations in lightness and saturation of a single colour.

The monochromatic scheme is soothing to the eye and quickly establishes an overall mood. The effect is moody and elegant, with richness and glamour.

Monochromatic interiors draw reference from the 1920’s. Patou and Chanel were the leading fashion designers of the day, creating collections of mainly neutrals including black, white, grey and beige.

Art Deco, introduced at the 1925 Expositions des Arts in Paris, also had a tremendous influence on colour and design. The elegant interiors with simplified lines, inspired by the cubism of Picasso and Braque, were often executed in monochromatic neutrals. Black and silver walls were a bold backdrop for lacquered furniture and screens reflected in shiny floor tiles.


  1. Varying textures and sheens, within the same tone, add subtle shifts in shading to the scheme. Pattern adds detail and contrast.
  2. Lighting adds strength and dimension to a monochromatic interior with soft wall washing, reading lights and table and floor lamps creating pools of warm light.
  3. Hold strong to your monochromatic concept. I have seen even the strongest devotee of all things monochromatic cave at the last minute and add a giant splash of colour.

If you would like your space professionally designed by this fabulous Brisbane, Australia Design firm, you can find Wrightson Stewart here. Monochromatic room design is their specialty!


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