interior design / trends

Monochromatic Spaces

03.10.16

Green on Green

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Decorating with one (and one color only) isn’t how most people go about the decorating thing.  But it’s so sophisticated, refined and everything you want to be as an adult.  So why doesn’t everyone paint their walls the same color as their furniture?  Well there’s always the fear that this could happen.

Too Much Pink

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So how do you go about a sophisticated monochromatic space without looking 90s teen?  I did a lot of studying of the images below and came up with what I think make these spaces…

Play with Shades

This is what will make or break a monochromatic room.  You want the shades to melt and feel like one color even though you have several different shades.  You want the colors to contrast a bit but not to the point where it’s distracting.

Emerald on Emerald

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Pink on Pink

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Think Minimalistic.

You don’t have to over style or overdo anything when you take huge color risks.  The color speaks for itself.

Smoke Green on Smoke Green

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Keep the Elements Modern.

Yes, this can be done in a traditional way, but it’s going to feel HEAVY.  When you keep the elements light and modern, the eye isn’t confused as to what it should be taking in first.

Green on Green

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Purple on Purple

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Another Color is Okay.

I still consider the image below a monochromatic room even though it has both yellow and green.  I really can’t explain why – the shades just melt into each other and feel like one.  SO if you get in too deep, adding another color isn’t the end of the world.

Yellow on Yellow

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Architecture Helps.

This can’t be added (unless you are making major changes to your home), so consider what your home has to offer first.  Lovely architecture adds so much sophistication to a room and is usually why we fall in love with those Pinterest images without knowing why.  In the image below, the monochromatic elements could still work without the 20 foot ceilings and wall moulding, but it would surely look different.

Maroon on Maroon

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Pink on Pink

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Consider Lighting.

This is actually huge and should be higher on the list.  This is the case with any paint color, but before you go all deep dark navy everything in a room, look at the lighting in the space.  When I say look at the lighting I mean paint a HUGE sample of paint in the room and look at how the light affects it at all times of the day.  Lighting can truly make or break a paint color.  In the photo below, the lighting makes it.

Navy on Navy

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Start Small.

If you’re not sure about the whole monochromatic thing, start with two elements like Erin from Design Crisis did below.  She painted her walls and bookshelves the same color but kept it realistic with her sofa.

Teal on Teal

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