25 Examples of Monochromatic Art

Colors help our eyes determine detail. Sometimes, however, multiple colors can disguise details that we do not naturally see. Using shades of one color to wash out a photo or art piece can add to the overall impact and bring out details we might have missed.

This process of either eliminating all color or reducing the color palette to hues within a single shade is generally referred to as monochromatism. In the below examples of monochromatic photos and art, we included images in which the artist focuses your attention using careful color selection. This is not necessarily a single color, even though the word monochromatic means literally one color. Some monochromatic photos bend the rule a bit and incorporate one additional color to the primary shade used.

And don’t confuse monochromatic art with black and white, either. While black and white is certainly in the genre, other colors can be used to create a specific mood or draw your eye to various elements of the piece. So let this collection expand your definition of monochromatic a bit and inspire you to reconsider color selection and emphasis in your own work.

Anime Monochrome

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Green Bathroom

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National Geographic Wallpaper

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Watered Album Cover

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Monochrome Camels

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Yellow Nature Wallpaper

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Red Sunset

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Green Forest

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Black Car

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2 Untitled Gouache on Wood Panel Paintings by Lori Ellison

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Butterfly on Leaves

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Monochrome by Oless (Olivier Stevens)

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Hyde’s Mill by NikonD3user1

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Monochrome 2 by Oless (Olivier Stevens)

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Monochrome 3 by Oless (Olivier Stevens)

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Brig o’Balgownie, Aberdeen by PeskyMesky (Graeme Wilson)

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Slipstream and Labyrinth II by David Mann

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E-Type Monochrome by blueandwhitehoops

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Tree in Red by Sunmallia

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Time for Reflection by John Bennett of Light and Dreams Photography

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Fog Lights byJohn Bennett of Light and Dreams Photography

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High on Grass by John Bennett of Light and Dreams Photography

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Urban Life by Sunnydayze

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Anna Samenina of Muse/NYC by ArtDictator (Adam Regan Photography)

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Night Drive by Sunnydayze

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Meltaway and Northern White by James Lecce

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Burr Oak Redux Monochrome by Notley Hawkins

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Green Monochrome Flowers by Lowell Nesbitt

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Tara Hornor loves writing about marketing, web and graphic design inspiration, and photography. She is a Senior Editor for Creative Content Experts, a copywriting company that she started with her husband. Connect with @TaraHornor for more design inspiration and marketing help.

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