Designing With Monochromatic Palettes
Monochromatic palettes are far from boring. They’re elegant, bold, textured. Have a look!
Monochromatic (meaning “single color”) palettes have provoked plenty of debates in home decor circles. Some people think it’s too easy and not very original; others love their sophistication and elegance.
I don’t know which side of the debate you stand on, but as for me, if things are both easy AND beautiful, I’m pretty much a fan. (Except I’m not a fan of CoverGirl, or of makeup in general.)
Monochromatic rooms can have all the home decor punch you want without the hassle of matching several colors. Let’s have a look at the different effects of monochromatic color palettes.
Create harmonious rooms
Harmony is an elusive quality in home decor, especially when you’re a beginner. But with a monochromatic palette, the task will be much, much easier.
This bedroom is elegant and harmonious because the designer chose shades of green, including on the walls. The yellow and white accents add just the perfect amount of variety for the eye to stay interested and moving.
This living room on a blue theme also shows how easy it is to get a harmonious space with a monochromatic palette. I like the single splash of dark blue surrounded by lighter tints and with plenty of white. (And, oh my gosh, what a view!)
Design elegant spaces
Another benefit of monochromatic palettes is the instant elegance it provides to any space.
This is another example of easy elegance achieved with a monochromatic palette. I love how the red rug and dark floor contrast against the blue-grey of the rest of the bedroom. Easy to match, easy to love!
Make a bold statement
Monochromatic also doesn’t have to mean “timid”. In fact, there are plenty of monochromatic palettes that make a bold statement through your home decor.
Monochromatic can also mean bold and bright, as this orange living room shows. It takes plenty of guts, but I love people who stand by their choices!
If you can handle it, here’s a similar idea applied to a bedroom. I’m not a fan of the wallpaper; I think it would give me headaches (especially if applied to the curtains AND pillows). But I definitely love the pink armchair and the bedspread. In any case, it’s definitely bold!
Put textures to the forefront
One great thing about monochromatic palettes is its ability to display and layer interesting textures.
In this space, no bright color to take attention away from the amazing pattern of the window treatments, or from the ruggish look of the art. A matte table at the front contrasts glossy coffee and side tables.
Here, the monochromatic palette gives all the space to the texture of the wallpaper and to the fur/fabric contrast on the bed. Note the different materials too: wood, steel, brass and glass all cohabit perfectly.
Feature your favorite color
Do you have one favorite color that you want to feature above all else? A monochromatic base is the perfect frame for your fetish shade.
Or you can just be really dramatic about it and feature a single colored object.
I’ll be honest: I’m a fan. Monochromatic palettes are so easy to decorate with. Getting matching accessories isn’t hard when you know your shade!
How about you? Are you in the yea or nay camp when it comes to monochromatic palettes for home decor? Why? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!