Published on March 2, 2017

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Photography by DECOR8

Decorating a room in exclusively black and white can be an intimidating thought, we know. The optimistic side? With a limited color palette comes opportunity for a more defined decor aesthetic. Here, 23 reasons why you should rethink a monochromatic scheme. 

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Photography by JONAS BERG

It may be monochrome, but the attention to detail in this living room’s accent pieces make it anything but boring. The graphic print hanging behind the sofa and modern glass vase take this space to a whole new level of sophistication.  

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Photography by STADSHEM

Playing on shades of grey, this monochrome space keeps it simple with potted plants and a throw rug for a light and airy finish.

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Photography by NOHOMEWITHOUTYOU.COM

How cosy is this room? Note how the string lighting and of throw pillows create a more visually inviting space. 

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Photography by KRISTA KELTANEN FOR LIVING INSIDE VIA INSIDE OUT

An accent rug of a globally-inspired make evokes warmth to the monochromatic decor in this light-filled room. 

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Photography by PAULINA ARCKLIN FOR ZOCO HOME

This whitewashed room gives off serious Parisian vibes, from the parked bike to the rustic wood flooring. Adding small touches —like a stack of wood or decorative lanterns— will make your living room seem much more effortlessly chic.

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Photography by STYLIZMO

Incorporate a bolder note to the all-white space with statement mirror in a thick black frame. Couple the piece with a framed graphic print and lean against the wall for an effortless feel. 

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Photography by ELLE GERMANY

This monochromatic vignette proves that a lack of color provides opportunity for a more fiercely decorated space. 

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Photography by CUSTOM HOMES

Shades of gray in various forms can lend a surprisingly inviting touch to a space. A brushed nickel pendant hanging above the coffee table completes the look. 

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Photography by SMART FURNITURE

A steel base coffee table emulates the sleek black frames of the wall art, enabling a defining element to the room.

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Photography by CITIFIED.BLOGSPOT.COM

What this monochromatic living room lacks in color it makes up for in style. 

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Photography by SOLEBICH

A striped rug creates an illusion of a lengthier area in this mod living room.  Small space dwellers should take note! 

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Photography by DECOCRUSH

A monochromatic living room with plenty of sleek details, cozy textures, and graphic wall art. 

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Photography by THE STYLE FILES

A wildly cozy rug inspires a defining element that doubles as the room’s accent piece. 

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Photography by PINTEREST

In this whitewashed space, a gray sofa paired with a couple of darker gray throw pillows, provide just about all the furnishings the room could need. 

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Photography by DAVIDE LOVATTI PHOTOGRAPHY.

A black trim on the white sofa creates a defining element that contributes depth to the room. 

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Photography by TREND LIVING

A wood-paneled fireplace surround can add character to even the most refined of monochromatic schemes. 

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Photography by DECO COOL

A monochromatic color block works just as well with a pair of light gray and black coffee tables!

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Photography by PINTEREST

Within this exclusively all-white living room, a streamlined coffee table offers a sleek touch that complements the contemporary elements of the decor. 

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Photography by THEAESTATE

A trio of monochromatic shades reinvent the multi-tone paint trend, accentuating the architectural structure of the room.

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Photography by NORDIC DESIGN

Wood panel floors lend an uplifting element to the classically elegant details of this Parisian apartment. 

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Photography by ARKPAD

Slipcovered basics inspire a laid-back vibe in this dreamy living space. Note the chic concrete flooring that further accentuates the monochromatic style. 

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Photography by ANNA LEENA

A streamlined aesthetic expands well into the minute details of this contemporary living room. An abundance of natural light creates a more inviting essence within the space. 

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Photography by FRENCHBYDESIGN

Pair charcoal blacks walls with a whitewashed ceiling to avoid an enclosing effect within a room.

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Photography by DESIGNING HOME

A curated shelf of thematically-appropriate accents set a chic backdrop for the monochromatic decor. 

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Photography by BLOGOVIN

A patterned Moroccan rug adds an appropriately modest hint of a change in hue. 

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Photography by PINTEREST

In the living room that doubles as a home office, the focal point of the room is also conveniently located in the center within the Scandi-esque take on the classic secretary desk.