White to Black: 3 Great Monochrome Offices

White to Black: 3 Great Monochrome Offices

Mike Tyson
Nov 15, 2010

Creating a monochromatic theme in the home office is an easy way to alleviate a design dilemma if you happen to be stuck in one. We tend to love when people experiment within the neutral palette of white through black. After the jump are 3 elegant offices which have been pulled off with minimal effort beyond matching colors to create a powerful impact.

We think the staircase can be an excellent place to store some unexpected tech and this example is no different. This bright white space has a very warm and welcoming feel in part due to the painted wood and that very cozy heater right by your feet. The office feels cohesive and professionally designed all due to the coordinating color.

Working with pure silvers can be a challenge because it could quickly appear too futuristic or gimmicky but this office stays classy in part due to the warm sunlight streaming in which might help contrast the cool greys and numerous computers. The Tolomeo lamp by Artimede nicely anchors the desk alongside the enviable Mac ensemble. Again, the setup is relatively simple without using any design trickery other than matching a color.

This is the boldest option of the three. The results are often polarizing: some are great and the rest are terrible. Interestingly enough, this black office was only a temporary transitional space and consequently didn't have a large budget. Much of the furniture was actually spray painted to create a unified look from second-hand collections. We also love the chalkboard column which could look great in a house with a similar architectural feature.

[1st image: iVillage, 2nd image: Klaus De Buysser, 3rd image: i29]

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