Monochrome Architecture

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Monochrome Architecture

Have you noticed the trend of monochromatic interiors? Homes / offices / bars containing only tones of a single color, are encountered more and more often. In 2020 and onwards we will see more and more architects embrace this trend, as it creates a special and unified environment. The monochromatic trend is simple but very effective and will never be out of style.

Of course, the first choice is the base color, let’s say red (which can be the client’s favorite color, business logo) and after we create a color palette with tones of that color. There are a variety of colors and tones, the combination of which is endless, but we would suggest you to be inspired by nature and choose tonalities for your project. There is also a website where you can find the colors you want to use.

red color palette
blue color palette

In addition to neutral colors that blend easily together, the trend this year is a little bolder, in colors with lots of character and potency: like green, dark blue, reddish, which radically transform your spaces. The monochromatic choice easily creates harmony, although we suggest to pay attention in combining tonalities with each other, especially in bright colors.

Colors have a psychological effect and evoke certain emotions. It is necessary to promote them through selected colors such as vibrant colors, which are often used in gyms or earth colors that calm us and make us feel more at peace. Choosing one color creates serenity and fluidity in your premises. Therefore the combination of tones is very important, but you should also create interference with materials such as wood or metal, always maintaining the dominance of the selected color.

We bring you some examples of what monochrome projects and environments focused around one color look like.

Small Tea, a tea boutique concept by Daniel Charles Joseph Benoudiz.
Small Tea, a tea boutique concept by Daniel Charles Joseph Benoudiz.

Loft by Martini Design Studio

An industrial design, where cool gray is the leitmotif, but to warm the environment is used both wood and bright colors of the carpet with traditional motifs.
Loft by Martini design studio
Loft by Martini design studio

Sera (Greenhouse) by Besnik Grainca

You can tell by the by the name of the bar that in this project dominant would be green. A pale but soothing green color unifies the whole environment, both on the walls and the ceiling, giving the feeling that you are immersed in nature.

Sera BG group

Deti Jon (Ionian Sea) by Besnik Grainca

How could it be another dominant color in this project other than the deep blue of the Ionian Sea? We are in an underwater world where blue intertwines with its reflexes in decorative elements inspired by nature itself …

Deti Jon Besnik Grainca

A cafe white as snow …

Would you drink your coffee here? White is always a good choice, especially for those people who like the serenity and purity that this color conveys. Even though, such a white environment comes cold, sterile and not inviting at all, we think that this interior is so well balanced, thanks to the decor which brings the whole environment in a more friendly way. This is a project from Studio56  in Thailand, if you happen to go for work in Bangkok, you know where to work!


His House and Her House by Wutopia Lab

In this project, the colors play a more symbolic role. Wutopi Lab’s approach is focused on the roles that men and women are culturally assigned to in the kitchen: men usually being associated with public cooking and women with domestic, and the different dietary and eating habits that this distinction entails. Visually and conceptually, this is accomplished by colour-coding the two buildings that comprise the installation as a way of assigning them a gender: light pink for the female building and blue for the male. Although these two colours are stereotypical of the two genders, they are also symbolic of other relevant attributes, blue for survival and competition and pink for sensitivity and delicacy, but they also allude to the invisible forces that hold the urban fabric together—both blue and pink are typical colours of insulation materials.

His House and Her House: Wutopia Lab

His house, featuring green walls and blue floors and ceilings, an allusion to Matisse’s palette, each representing a testosterone-laden culinary facet: liquor, cured meat and barbeque.

“Her house”, a two-storey building of light pink features instead a semicircular motif that speaks of its femininity. The pink, minimalist interiors are a labyrinthine series of interconnected rooms spanning two floors and covering themes indicative of a refined diet and a prudent way of life such as tea, incense, the art of flower arrangement and vegetarian cuisine.

His House and Her House: Wutopia Lab
His House and Her House: Wutopia Lab


Precast stone blocks coloured with red sandstone from Glamis Castle in Scotland form the walls of this refuge-style Aesop store that architecture studio Al-Jawad Pike has created in a west London shopping centre. Earthy tones have been applied throughout the store. Powder from the same red sandstone that was used to make the 17th-century Glamis Castle in Scotland has been used to colour the precast stone blocks.

“We wanted to use a warm colour to provide a sense of natural earthiness that reflected the red bricks of typical masonry walled gardens, said Al-Jawad. “The colour is called Glamis red named after the red sandstone of Glamis Castle in Scotland.”


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