The color scheme you use for your kitchen space is a way to show off your style and personality. You can go bold with stripes, bright colors, and various patterns. You can also go a different way and choose a monochromatic look for your space. This means that you will choose a central color and choose various hues/tones/tints of that color to create a cohesive look to your space. Here are some ideas and benefits to a monochromatic kitchen.

Main Color

The first thing to do is to choose the main focal color for your space. This color will be the most apparent as you look around your kitchen. You can use a color wheel to help you determine which color you would like to start with. From there, you can determine which items in your kitchen will be that color. These items can include cabinets, appliances, or other big areas of the kitchen space.


After you determine your main color, you can then move on to shades/tones/tints lighter and darker than the main shade. Shade refers to your main color with black added. Tints are your shade with white added. Tones are your shade with gray added. This way, the color will be darker (shade), lighter (tint), or less intense (tone). These colors can be used in smaller areas of the kitchen. An example would be a backsplash, the space between the counter and the cabinets, or accent pieces within the kitchen. You can have hardware that utilizes this or utensils.


Having a singular color for your kitchen space can bring the room together, which can foster a sense of harmony. You can highlight accent pieces in your space if the eye is not distracted with many colors. Maybe you have a particular artistic piece or painting that you want to focus on. Having a monochromatic background will draw people’s attention to that particular piece. Monochromatic doesn’t necessarily mean starting with black or white either. You can begin with a bright green, a lemon yellow, or a deep blue and work out from there. The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless.

An Added Element

One thing that is possible with the monochromatic scheme is to add an extra element to the room. This can be to add one more color to the space, ex. an accent piece, to create a quick pop of surprise for the kitchen. You can try out various colors to see if something works within your parameters. You do not need to follow the monochromatic color scheme to a fault if you find that adding an extra element finishes your space perfectly.