Although there were many things to fall in love with in Costa Rica, I could not get over the thousands of shades of green I came across while hiking in the rainforest. I have included some pictures of my wandering eye and it is clear how this place makes you simply fall in love with green. Can you imagine being totally engulfed in this beautiful color?
Here are some tips for how to succeed with a monochromatic room:
1. Choose a color that will set the mood you would like your space to portray. If you are designing a bedroom you may want to select a more relaxing color as opposed to an energizing or loud shade. There are plenty of exceptions to this rule which we will go over next so make sure the color you select will be one you will smile at every time you enter the room. There will be a lot of it so you need to at least like the color!
2. Make sure to mix different tones of your color to create contrast. This will help give the room depth and allow each piece to both stand out and fit in at the same time. You will be surprised at how well pieces will compliment each other when they are varying in lighter or darker shades. Look at how many tones of blue are used in the living room below.
3. Texture, Texture, Texture. A monochromatic color scheme needs to have as many textures as you can find. The orange interior below is a great example. Between the Panatone dining chairs, pendant light above the table, textures of the throw pillows, paint on the wall and fireplace this one room has at least 6 different textures.
4. Do you have commitment issues? Not so sure you can go for the red sofa or green console table? I totally understand but that is no excuse for why you cannot still have a monochromatic room. Mix neutral toned furniture pieces with plenty of colorful accents. Bring your color into the space with throw pillows, blankets, curtains, area rugs, candles, art work and of course paint. The list can keep going; be creative and your commitment issues will soon be forgotten.
The neutral sofa and lamp shades create a great canvas for the blue palette.
5. Be sure to add some pattern. The wallpaper below breaks up the strong violet paint color while introducing a lighter shade. It also helps to tie in the light colored sofa
There you have it. Have fun exploring what you can do with only one color. Send us your pictures to show us your finished Monochromatic Masterpiece.
Images sources: House Beautiful, Jeffers Design Group, Apartment Therapy, Hue Amour.