Creating a Monochromatic Room

A monochromatic living room with purple walls and furniture.

When designed right, monochromatic rooms are visually rich with depth and sophistication.  Monochromatic does not have to mean boring.  So, if there is a particular color that makes you feel great and you want to create a room saturated in that color, here are a few tips to help you achieve the perfect balance of sophistication and style.

A monochromatic living room with a blue couch and bookshelves.

A monochromatic color scheme works great for rooms that have odd architectural features or for spaces that would otherwise be difficult to unify, such as if you have a collection of furniture and décor from various design periods.  Boldly contrasted items are unified with the simplicity of a monochromatic scheme.

A monochromatic bedroom with purple walls.
Photo courtesy of HLM Interior Design

Now, monochromatic doesn’t mean everything is exactly the same color.  Layering different shades of the same color creates interest and depth.  Paint the walls a dark shade and choose less saturated versions of your selected color for window treatments, upholstery and rugs.  Accessorizing with silver or gold heightens the sophistication.

A monochromatic living room decorated in green and white.

Incorporate patterns and texture to enliven the space.  This is a great time to experiment with mixing patterns of the same color in a variety of shades.  Small touches of pattern, such as trim on curtains and upholstered pieces, go a long way.  Bring in texture with furniture in rich woods or with pillows and natural elements.

A monochromatic home office with a chandelier.

Monochromatic rooms take style and sophistication to a new level.  If you find yourself falling for a particular color and it makes you feel happy, why not incorporate it into your home.  Experiment with different shades of your chosen color and play with pattern and texture.  The end result may surprise you.

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