How To Decorate A Room Using Monochromatic Colors

Do you want to create a serene living room space? Are you trying to make a small kitchen seem large? Do you like the clean look of modern bathrooms? There are a lot of reasons homeowners choose a monochromatic color scheme in their home, and if you answered yes to one of those questions, it might be the solution for you too. Monochromatic color schemes complement many different styles of home design. Here are a few ways decorating a room in one hue works:

It creates drama and elegance.

It creates drama and elegance.
If a dramatic look is what you want, you should stick to one shade. Monochromatic colors make a living room or bedroom sophisticated and elegant. When you are designing a room around one color, you also have the luxury of simplicity, which makes decorating the room without an interior designer a more feasible task.

It enhances a modern or contemporary room.

Monochromatic colors are often chosen for modern or contemporary rooms because they add to the clean look. Imagine complementing your shaker kitchen cabinets with flooring and walls just a few shades darker or lighter. This streamlined look is fresh and new, making it a popular element in modern rooms. With that said, monochromatic color schemes also add a soothing touch of elegance to other interior design styles, such as traditional and even country, and can add unexpected whimsy to a child’s room without being overly busy.

It creates the illusion of a larger space.

It creates the illusion of a larger space.
In the same way wearing black on black can make you appear taller, designing a room in one shade makes it appear larger. This is a great trick in kitchens and bathrooms, which can sometimes be short on square footage.

Tips to Remember When Decorating a Room Using Monochromatic Colors:

  • Monochromatic does not mean the entire room should be just one shade. Not only would that be extremely difficult to achieve but, unless done right, it won’t look very good either.
  • Monochromatic color palettes don’t have to be neutral. We instinctively think of grays or whites when we imagine a room designed around one color but any color works. Just keep in mind that undertones of individual shades should match so that they don’t clash with each other. If you fill the room with uncomplimentary shades the result will be a design fail.
  • Props are key. When you are decorating a room using monochromatic colors, your design is dependent on the props you place throughout the room. Make sure decorations (throw pillows, picture frame, vases, etc.) gel with your theme. Too many patterns or accents can make your chic style turn tacky fast.
  • Use furniture to break up colors. It’s important to maintain your monochromatic color scheme without crossing over to clownish. The easiest way to do this is to break up the room with neutral furniture. Think natural wood chairs or white kitchen cabinets that blend in without calling out for attention.  

What is your favorite color to use when decorating? Leave us a comment and let us know!