Monochromatic spaces are trendy, yet timeless, effortless in their aesthetic, and strategic in their execution. There’s no doubt this chic look requires a thoughtful approach, and a commitment to see it through. Of course, a few tips from a professional designer will go a long way to mastering this classic look. Here’s how you can add interest to a monochromatic interior, while staying true to this one-hue wonder.
Colour is often an easy way to add personality and warmth to a home. It brings the eye where you want it, and even in small doses, it can have a strong impact. When you’re working with just one colour option within a monochromatic motif, you can create the same effect using contrast and vibrancy. Crank up the brightness and saturation of your colour of choice and use it to highlight the focal points in the room, and take the eye where you want it to focus. When your colour palette centres around light neutrals or white, add pops of black in small but powerful punches.
You can also achieve a different level of contrast using materials and texture. Incorporate wood and stone and other natural elements into your space, with items such as glass and reflective metallics. Each of these is different from the others in terms of texture, but they’re all neutral by style standards, so they won’t compromise your overall monochromatic aesthetic.
What about the “soft” elements in your space? Pillows and throws, window treatments, upholstery and the rug beneath your feet can all go a long way in adding warmth and texture to a monochromatic space. Linen, silk, cotton, corduroy, wool, faux fur, chunky knits and other options bring various tactile experiences into the room. Look for a variety of patterns and textures, but stay true to your colour palette.
Lighting also plays a key role in bringing depth and dimension to a space, and should include a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient is the general lighting in the room, often in the form of ceiling fixtures, including pot lights or a chandelier. Task lighting is intended to illuminate a specific area, such as a kitchen countertop or desk. Last but not least, accent lighting is decorative and is used to highlight features such as architectural elements, artwork or other focal points. Together, your lighting plan will enhance your home’s function, while adding a sense of warmth and welcome.
Did you know? Light temperature plays a role in the overall ambience of your home. Warm light leans to yellow on the colour spectrum, with a comforting, intimate look. On the other hand, cool light bulbs have bluish undertones, resulting in a brighter, crisper appearance that leaves you feeling more alert and on point.
Monochromatic interiors can get a bad rap for their limited colour palette, but one colour doesn’t have to be one-dimensional. The appeal of monochromatics is the versatility and endless adaptations, despite the use of just one hue.
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