Chic monochrome - 10 decorating ideas

Get inspiration and advice on how to make a monochrome colour scheme work for you

If you are looking for monochrome decorating inspiration for your home we have lots of chic and elegant room designs for you to choose from. It works well with other colours, whether a pop of bright pink, or neutral hue. You can always create the mood that you like with a monochrome decorating scheme.

For a monochrome theme in the hallway, Victorian black and white tiles create a wonderful focal point, if you are not lucky enough to have original tiles it would be a fantastic long-term investment. Add a large mirror to reflect a feeling of light and space and complete the look with a shiny chrome coat stand.

From Art Deco-inspired designs to 1960s modernism and minimalist trends from the 90s to modern-day this decor is highly effective and has a timeless quality.

A traditional monochrome bedroom works really well mixed with the more muted shades of grey. A great bedroom idea could be to choose a backdrop of a geometric monochrome wallpaper and team with crisp white bedlinen. The design can be accessorised to great effect with a mohair grey throw and a pop of colour with a citrus cushion.

A monochrome home office is a great choice as it suits both male and female styles. Add extra interest to white walls with a large framed black-and-white print. Team this backdrop with a glossy black desk, an anglepoise lamp and an Eames sixties-style office chair.

1/10 Decorating with monochrome

floral monochrome wallpaper double bed bedside table and chrome ceiling light

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Wreford)

For a monochrome bathroom, pale blue walls are a perfect complement. Team with black-and-white tiles around the bath and a porcelain freestanding bath and console sink.

Pretty monochrome bedroom with florals

Monochrome schemes are usually associated with bold decorating ideas, but they don't have to be! Pretty up a black and white scheme with soft florals wallpaper instead.

Bed and bed linen
The Sleep Room

2/10 Monochrome hallway with feature wall

black and white textured hallway

(Image credit: Future PLC/Chris Everard)

This hallway decorating idea actually uses different shades of grey to create a softer monochrome effect. The collection of mirrors add interest to the scheme.

Console table
Farrow & Ball
Graham and Green

3/10 Retro-style monochrome stairway

carpeted stairs with stair runner, wood banisters and white walls with black and white framed photos

(Image credit: Future PLC/Mark Luscombe-Whyte)

Create a monochrome feature wall using beautifully-framed black and white prints. It's a great way to add interest to a difficult space.

Paint on staircase
Little Greene

4/10 Chic monochrome bathroom

chic monochrome bathroom with graphic print wallpaper gingham curtain freestanding white bath and glass shelving on wheels

(Image credit: Future PLC/Carolyn Barber)

Chic cafe curtains let in plenty of light while providing privacy in this chic Parisian-style decorating idea. The monochrome wallpaper keeps the look clean and sharp.

Cole & Son

5/10 Modern monochrome living room

monochrome modern living room with neutral sofa black side table black shelves and black framed pictures

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Teaming neutral shades with bold black provides a stylish look in this
living room decorating idea. The symetrical decor adds to the sophisticated and modern

Picture frames

6/10 Monochrome tiled kitchen

monochrome splashback tiles in geometric design white cabinets chrome worktop hob and black shelving

(Image credit: TBC)

For a bold kitchen decorating idea, transform white mosaic tiles by painting on a simple geometric design - then add a shelf to echo the pattern.

Wall tiles
Black tile paint


7/10 Modern monochrome home office

modern monochrome home room with checked design table grey chair black open shelving table lamp and pin board

(Image credit: Future PLC/Antony Crolla)

Modern monochrome home office

This home office decorating idea incorporates architechtural design ideas into a simple-but-effective monochrome scheme.

8/10 Parisian-style monochrome desk

black gloss table with picture frame and black and white nick nacks beside black chair with black key on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Raeside)

A collection of curiosities with interesting shapes creates an eye-catching focal point for this monochrome hallway decorating idea.

Console table
Chelsea Textiles
Eiffel Tower books
Trowbridge Gallery

9/10 Chic and sleek dining room

black dining room table with white chairs geometric print wallpaper and black ceiling light

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Coloured glassware is an inexpensive decorating idea that creates an interesting focal point in this sleek monochrome dining room.

Tesco Direct

10/10 Stylish black and white bathroom

stylish black and white bathroom with black tiled splashback sink wall light and towel

(Image credit: Future PLC/Carolyn Barber)

A black and white palette looks effortlessly stylish with linear details in graphic black in this bathroom decorating idea.

Similar basin
CP Hart
Graham and Green
Towel ring
John Lewis


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.