I’m sure you have witnessed the trend to monochromatic rooms – those serene oasis of calm and sophistication that grace the pages of design and decor websites and magazines. Many of us shy away from a monochromatic look, afraid that it will look boring, flat and uninspired. But it doesn’t have to be so!
I love the pluses of monochromatic rooms:
- sense of elegance, simplicity and harmony
- easy to update because there’s no need to match colours
- allows a loved treasure to stand out
A monochromatic look can be achieved by using tints (adding varying amounts of white) and hues (adding varying amounts of black) from the same colour family, that is, shades of blue, green, red, even neutrals. When developing your palette, think about how many shades you want to include in your room - what is your main colour, what are the accent colours? Where are you going to use the main colour - on the walls or walls and sofa? And where and how are you going to incorporate the various ‘accent’ colours?
When pulling together a monochromatic look it is about more than your colour choices. It is important to take into consideration principles of design as well.
Pattern gives lovely visual texture to a room and prevents the look from being bland. Depending on the vibe of the room, incorporate florals, stripes, plaids, polka dots, geometric shapes, etc. to create visual interest, depth and movement. Your room doesn’t require a lot to be visually interesting and attractive and pattern can be used in linens, pillows, lamp shades or an area rug.
Scale is key to ensuring your room is balanced and can be achieved by using items of various shapes and sizes. This applies to furniture as well as decor items. Furniture that is too small for the room, pillows that are too small for your sofa, lamps that are too big for an occasional table and patterns that are too big or too small are going to make the room appear off kilter.
Texture is both visual and tactile and creates movement in the room. Your visual texture will come from the patterns used in your room. But tactile texture is in the finishes you choose. It’s the wood grain in occasional or coffee tables, upholstery fabric, the material of pillows or throw or even a house plant. It can also be in architectural details such as cove ceilings, ceiling beams or window and door trims.
Enjoy the experience of creating a monochromatic room – the colour choices are endless and it’s fun exploring the possibilities. And be sure to share pics of your room - I love seeing the results of your choices!