At Design Campus, we’re huge fans of bright, bold design. We’re suckers for daring colors, patterns, and prints, but for once, we’d like to shift our focus onto something more tame. Something, that, quite frankly, many clients ask for: simple, neautral, monochromatic color palettes. Recently we’ve been inspired by Summery sandy beaches and modern farmhouses in the Hamptons. Training our eye to shop for a more neutral products has enabled us to slow down and appreciate the design of the products from some of our favorite vendors without the distraction of loud colors. Read on for our favorite monochromatic picks for Summer:

Monochromatic Color Palettes

Monochromatic Living Rooms

Unifying the palette of a living room lends a certain kind of elegance unachievable with competing prints and patterns. It’s also relaxed and calming while still maintaining some formality. Some of our favorite couches for our high-end residential clients come from Natuzzi Italia. In beiges and taupes, these pieces are the perfect fusion of European elegance and comfort.

Natuzzi Svevo Natuzzi Long Beach Sofa

For an industrial or shabby chic look, our go-to is always Four Hands Furniture.

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For modern outdoor looks, with chic, modern lines, we recommend the Pescadero collection from Williams Sonoma.

Williams Sonoma pescadero

Or, from West Elm: the four-piece Portside Sectional or Twist Weave Sofa:

West Elm Portside Sectional

Twist Weave SofaFor funky indoor-outdoor accents, look no further than Selamat Designs

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Or towards Noir Furniture or Peninsula Home for an eclectic accent:

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Side & Accent Tables

Our favorite side tables range in style, from glam to transitional, to bohemian. We love the innovation we’re seeing from vendors like Williams Sonoma, Currey and Company, Selamat, and Peninsula Home.

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Coffee Tables

For a conversation-starting coffee table, look at Phillips Collection. They have glamorous golden options or more natural, wooden selections, all of which are sure to be the focal point in your neutral setting.

Phillips Gold River Stones Phillips Co


We’re obsessing over these beautiful monochromatic chandeliers & lamps from Currey and Company & Peninsula Home, all of which provide a texture that can get lost amongst busy, maximalist rooms full of color and prints.

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Monochrome Walls

What home is complete without gorgeous art adorning the walls? We love Leftbank Art for all its custom options. We also love the pieces shown in neutral palettes.

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Noir Furniture is also sells some wonderfully whimsical pieces in monochrome schemes:

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Or maybe you’re looking for a large-scale installation. Phillips Collection has some many incredible options for three-dimensional wall art:

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Our own Kelli Ellis’ has a line of glass wall art for Doug Frates Glass. The movement of the glass lends a sort of soothing water-element to any space it’s in and is incredibly easy to install.

kelli Ellis Glass Wall Art

Maybe you just have some family photos that need framing: We’re loving West Elm‘s wooden picture frame collections!

West Elm Frames


Even in black, white, and browns, rugs can add a lot of character to the space. For something durable, but chic, check out the Design Campus rugs for Jaipur Living:

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Natuzzi Italia recently released a gorgeous line of new rugs too, perfect for a formal living space:

Natuzzi Cube Rug

Or if you or your client are more budget-conscious, check out West Elm’s gorgeous line of Fair-Trade rugs:

West Elm Rug

Home Office

We’re seeing lots of clients who work from home, investing in the design of their home offices. Since these people spend so much time in these spaces every day, its imperative it been inspiring and stimulating, but still relaxing. We love this stylish wood desk from Phillips Collection to add a little personality and the versatility of cabinetry options from Pottery Barn!

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Bedrooms don’t necessarily have to be as stimulating as an office space, they should be a relaxing oasis. Some of our favorite neutral finds for bedrooms include Noir Furniture teak beds, and Currey and Co sidetables. And textiles from Pottery Barn, like their bedding and shower curtains in a master bath for a spa-like space, make it easy to switch them out seasonally:

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What designer doesn’t love a great wooden dinning table? Our favorite recent finds are coming from Four Hands:

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For budget-finds, check out Pottery Barn & West Elm’s dinning sets. (We love all their bench-seats!)

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And if you plan on entertaining this Summer, you might want to check out these trendy high-tops from Phillips Collection!

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We’re proponents of mixing old and new, glam, and rustic. Striking that perfect balance is easy with wooden trays from Pottery Barn or Patterned ones from Peninsula Home, along with their fabulous boxes and chests. And, of course, every room could use some of Noir’s signature hand sculptures in gold!

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If you’re not a fan of neutrals, forcing yourself to think of design in shades of the same color can be an exciting challenge. We look forward to getting inspired by more serene, neutral spaces. Show us yours on social media by using the hashtag #DesignCampusMonochrome!

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