When someone says “monochromatic”, the first thought that comes to mind is usually “boring”, but does it really have to be? Well, any professional decorator would say that it does not. In fact, a monochromatic room, if designed well, can scream elegant, refined, and even dramatic.
It is what makes it one of the year’s biggest décor trends. You are probably thinking that there is no way to be just as successful in designing a monochromatic room as a professional decorator would be, but, hey, have a little faith in yourself, it is not nuclear physics. Here, we will show you some basics of monochromatic décor and some neat tricks, and you can take it from there.
Understand the Scheme
Essentially, monochromatic décor is a piece of cake, after you master the color wheel. People often confuse this way of decorating with using a single color of the same value throughout the entire room.
It is, in fact, the use of one color redefined in several different ways:
- Color hue is the how some object looks like when the light reflects it (blue, orange, yellow, etc.).
- Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.
- Tint is the color after adding white to it.
- Shade is a color after adding black to it.
- Tone is a color after adding gray to it.
Layer the Color Values
Now that we have that clear, it is time to unleash your inner Philippe Starck. The key of proper monochromatic décor is finding the right balance without overwhelming the room with one color, and that is easy.
After you have chosen your basic color, vary it into different shades, tones, and tints to keep things interesting and slightly dramatic. One of the easiest rules to follow is to use the deepest color of your palette for an accent piece, such as rug or artwork. The palest tint is great for walls, windows, and doors.
Have Fun with Textures and Patterns
Color properties are not your only assets in your fight against monotony. Texture can add interest and fun to a room, and look like it is created with several different colors because the light falls differently on each of its curves.
You can introduce it with ornamented furniture, shaggy rugs, fluffy blankets, and cushions, etc. Monochromatic prints might sound rather unappealing, but you would be surprised how they can add depth to your color palette. Luckily, adding some of that sweet print love to your room is not difficult. You can do it via stylish patterned wallpaper, various accessories, window treatments, etc.[AdSense-A]
Swing Between Styles
When you have one color that binds the whole look together, it is quite easy to switch between different styles. This is not only fun but also quite affordable since you do not have to buy new expensive furniture that will fit in. In fact, you can even go wild with flea market finds if you want to introduce some vintage and antique items. Let go and mix the warm appeal of knitted items and handwoven baskets with the cool Scandinavian charm of geometric shapes and marble objects.
Add Drama with Dark Shades
Yes, the things you hear about the lighter shades making the room seem bigger are true, but in some rooms, you are allowed to add drama and sophistication with deep, intense dark shades and then illuminate the space with targeted lighting. This style is best for bedrooms, libraries, and even bathrooms if you want to go for some modern look.
We Dare You: A DIY Challenge
If you are ready to get your hands a bit dirty, you can make some fun and stylish monochromatic features yourself. Buying new curtains can mean spending a fortune, especially for rooms with larger windows So, why would not you take your old ones and gave them a new chance? Here is how to do it?
- 1 liquid or powder dye of your choosing
- 1 large containers
Wet the curtains until they are damp. Pour the dye into the container.
Place one end (bottom) of the curtains into the container and keep there for about 20 minutes. After, put another end into the same container and keep for less than 10 minutes. Rinse the fabric in warm water. Voila!
As you see, monochromatic is not that difficult to pull off, and if you give it your best shot, you can soon brag about your trendy new room to your friends.
Chloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dancing, and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB, Twitter, and G+.