How to Create a Chic Monochromatic Kitchen

Far from boring or “playing it safe,” monochromatic kitchens can be beautiful (and soothing) combinations of materials and pattern that render the introduction of additional hues completely unnecessary. For those who might be considering creating a kitchen with a pared-down palette, we reached out to Mandy Mayers, co-owner at the Atlanta, Georgia-based home furnishing store and design services firm Interior Philosophy, for advice on the best way to pull off the look. Here, she shares tips on everything from paint colors to pieces that will create coziness and cohesion.

Opt for warm paint colors. When creating a monochromatic kitchen, many gravitate to neutrals (and for good reason—you’re less likely to grow tired of a neutral hue, and the colors are generally accessory-friendly). Mayers advises opting for warm paint colors that are absent of yellow undertones. For an off-white, she prefers Benjamin Moore Seapearl, while her favorite grey is Sherwin Williams Anew Grey.

Use natural materials. When it comes to countertops and flooring, Mayers always prefers options that are made from materials found in nature over their manufactured counterparts. This is particularly important in a monochromatic kitchen, since natural materials offer unique textures and characteristics that ensure that even when elements are kept in the same neutral tone they are never bland or boring.

Go for white dishware behind glass. To add dimension to a monochromatic kitchen, Mayers recommends including glass cabinet fronts. However, what’s inside will also affect the overall look. She suggests keeping the look clean by only showcasing white dishes and serving pieces. “We love to use different styles,” she says, “but keeping it all white ties things together.”

Add wood for warmth. “I love to mix in natural wood pieces to make the space feel more inviting and cozy,” Mayers says. You make a statement with natural wooden beams across the ceiling, or incorporate wood elements on a smaller scale with stools at an island or utilitarian accessories like cutting boards and knife blocks.

Embrace geometric patterns. Layering in geometric patterns that coordinate with your paint color is an excellent way to give a kitchen a strong yet subtle dose of style. Mayers suggests implementing this technique on textiles, such as window treatments or pillows.

Bring in interest with natural fibers and rugs. Adding layers will elevate and add interest to a room done in a single hue. Mayers recommends blending in neutral linens and rugs in natural fibers that have different textures and tones to create additional warmth.

Photography by Brian Bieder. TSG Tip 370 from Mandy Mayers, co-owner of Interior Philosophy in Atlanta, Georgia. Interior Philosophy is featured in The Scout Guide Atlanta.