People often assume that “monochromatic” is a synonym for “dull,” imagining a dull beige area with little to punch it up. Let us banish that lousy rap at this time, will we? A monochromatic room just means that a single colour predominates, no matter how shy or bold — it applies to turquoise and tangerine as much as it will to cream and khaki.
No matter what your hue of selection is, you can make it work in monochromatic fashion. Have a peek at this complete spectrum of rooms that showcase a single colour without feeling flat and uninspired.
Wiebenson & Dorman Architects PC
Monochromatic rooms gain nuance and attention when you layer in various tones of the same hue. But the opposite tack — drenching the distance in a single tone of a saturated colour — amps up the play. This lipstick-red kitchen takes the all-or-nothing strategy, using a cloak of bold colour that defines the design and holds the gaze as a magnet.
To pull this off method without making the space feel one-dimensional, choose a single color to unify ceilings, walls, millwork and other surfaces, and give it a finish that contrasts with its surroundings (glossy, in this case). Then punctuate it with accents at a different hue to break up the monotony. The windows, cabinetry and fixtures in this kitchen help to balance the vivid red and lighten the appearance.
Tobi Fairley Interior Design
This distance, on the flip side, blends apricot, tangerine and deep persimmon into a radiant burst of colour. The draperies help to ground the lighter tones of the furniture, and the neutral flooring and walls maintain the sizzling oranges under control.
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Kingsley Belcher Knauss, ASID
Yellow hues, from cream to butter into sunburst, combine for a subtly changing palette here. Why is this distance work: The colors are only similar enough to stream smoothly together, yet distinct enough to make a contrast that is gentle. A touch of pattern at the fabrics also adds thickness.
Dufner Heighes Inc
Green is among the easiest colors to disperse throughout a room; it’s so widespread in the outdoor world that we’re used to viewing it en masse. The mint, moss and spruce tones in this area get a boost from diverse textures — a key component of a monochromatic scheme. Play glossy contrary to smooth, matte against rough and soft against tough to engage the eye.
Pilar Calleja – Draw The Line Design
Moody and mellow, deep blues shroud this bedroom in puzzle. The various colors harmonize because all of them comprise cool undertones — warm blues against cool ones are able to look jarring if not blended with a practiced hand.
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On occasion a jolt of a radically different colour provides the energy that a monochromatic space needs. This bedroom, piled in lavender, slips in only a few poppy-pink top notes that ignite the pastels and ratchet up the fun.
Design Line Construction, Inc..
An all-black room may look frightening if it’s too extreme. This one averts a menacing feel through its canny combo of texture and pattern, and just enough beige for balance. The light ceiling retains the inky walls sofa from appearing oppressive, and allowing the wood grain to show through the blot lightens the heaviness further.
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Cocoa, caramel, camel — luscious reds swirl into this rich confection of a boudoir. Again, texture and contrast are key to the success of this distance. Shades too similar to one another could produce a muddy, indistinct feel.
Chelsea Atelier Architect, PC
How do you maintain a white-on-white distance from feeling clinical and cold? Weave in substances that have an intrinsic warmth, like this dark-stained flooring. The marble used for the island top has a natural quality that provides the space a sign of energy.