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How to Pull Off a Monochromatic Kitchen Island

Four takeaways from this bronze-all-over monochromatic masterpiece

The haters out there will tell you that monochromatic is BOR-ING. We’d like to politely disagree. Exhibit A: this kitchen island. It does the concept proud. (The concept, BTW, is sometimes called tone-on-tone, and it’s all about using variations of the same color.) Achieving such a flawless monochromatic design isn’t foolproof, but it can be done if you follow this island’s formula.

1. Monochromatic is not about being matchy-matchy.

Working within a limited color palette does not mean the design is doomed to live in the Land of Bland. It’s all about bringing in variations of the same tone—light, dark and in between. Here, the island gets an instant dose of depth, thanks to deeper shades of chocolate that have been paired with shinier bronze tones. See how our Leland faucet in Venetian Bronze lives in harmony with the copper sink and the earthy granite countertops, even though they obviously weren’t cut from exactly the same cloth, colorwise?

2. It pays to mix your materials.

Too much of anything is a bad thing. All stone, all wood, all any material = all bad. This space blends granite, metal, wood and tile beautifully, leaning on the common color thread to ensure harmony.

3. Add oomph with texture.

OK, so you’re all-in on monochromatic but not sure how to add visual interest without relying on unexpected pops of color? No problem. You do it with texture. Just look at how that hammered copper sink breaks up all that smooth granite.

4. A little sameness goes a long way.

When you’re mixing finishes, materials and textures, there comes a point when you need to ground the design in just a little bit of consistency. (Remember, too much of anything is a bad thing?) Here, the cabinet-door hardware and countertops lend a steadying hand. And while the island’s cabinets are a darker shade than the others in the kitchen, their design is the same, down to the grooves.