What does "Monochrome Interior" mean?

Look at an old black and white photo: the contrast between black and white creates a whole picture. Vintage images exude nostalgia and simplicity. The monochrome decorating style is based on these images. Walls, furniture, murals and decorations are kept in "non-colors".

These are usually black and white. A monochromatic room can also be kept in neutral "non-colors," such as gray on gray or shades of beige. The word "monochrome" or "monochromatic" means "single color" and describes, for example, the monochromatic design of a picture.


A monochromatic style is combined with natural materials such as wood and natural textiles. Contrasts are important. Neither dark nor light "non-colors" dominate. A consistent black-and-white interior is timeless and stylish, and - with the use of soft accessories and home textiles - cozy. A quiet room has a calming effect on the brain.

Set up Monochrome – you should pay attention to this

"Setting up monochrome" refers to the choice of color - you are completely free in the style. You can furnish your room in a retro look, in a modern industrial style or in a shabby chic look. However, in order for the room to be truly monochrome, you need to banish most colors from your rooms.

The monochrome interior also has much in common with minimalism. Grandma's colorful embroidered blanket, the painted mural of a flower meadow, and other colorful elements are replaced by monochromatic accessories. This limits you to a few select decorative elements and home textiles in black or white, or optionally in another "non-color" such as gray and beige. You can read here how to successfully clean out and minimize .

How to make your Apartment monochrome:

With these tips you can set up your apartment in monochrome:

  • Contrasts instead of Colors: The monochrome interior design style thrives on contrast. Contrasts add interest even without color. Contrasts keep the room in balance. Neither light nor dark colors should dominate. In front of a white wall, you could place your black leather sofa with light cushions and a light knitted throw.

  • Apply Wall Paint correctly: A black wall absorbs a lot of light. That's why you should only paint one wall black or dark. A light wall color (and dark accents) will keep you on the safe side. If you do go for a black wall color, be sure to contrast it with brighter elements, such as monochromatic paintings with a predominant white component or a stylish wall mirror.
  • The right Choice of Furniture: A large black cabinet can quickly become too bulky and dark. If you are unsure about the color of your furniture, light colors are a safe choice. For example, choose a white console table or a white sofa.

  • This is how you set Accents: Play with patterns, such as a black and white rug or small black pieces. You can complement a white wall with black and white pictures or dark gray patterns.
  • Be creative with monochrome Decorative Elements: Have you chosen black and white striped throw pillows? Your rug has a gray and white plaid pattern? You can repeat these patterns in other areas of the room, such as a figurine or mural. Recurring patterns tie the room together visually.
  • Monochrome playful with Metal Furniture: If you're afraid to go for a dark leather sofa, you can start with smaller pieces of metal furniture. For example, a black side table or a black metal shelf. Details like the black metal floor lamp or the round wall mirror with a black metal frame emphasize the monochromatic style.

  • Monochrome rounded off with natural Materials: If the monochromatic decor is too contrasting, you can soften the style with neutral, natural elements. For example, a beige knit throw or a coffee table with a wooden top. Jute fabrics or decorations, or a woven basket made of seaweed for houseplants, will also soften an overly contrasting black-and-white room.

Our Tip: You can also try monochromatic decorating on a small scale without having to get rid of your mint green sofa and grandma's colorful embroidered blanket. To avoid repainting the walls for this experiment, choose a room or area with walls that are already neutral in color.

The hallway or bedroom is a great place to experiment. Simply store colorful items in a closet for a few weeks and let the monochromatic ambiance work its magic on you. You might be surprised at how calming a monochromatic environment can be.

Would you like to set up your living space in monochrome? At Metallbude you will find minimalist black and white metal furniture - perfect for this timeless, calming interior style.