A chic New York loft and a tranquil French country house – while they may be on the opposite side of the spectrum to each other, both of them may have monochromatic interior styling as their backbone. The colour scheme consists of a harmonious interplay of a single colour to create a relaxing environment, elegant mood or even a professional atmosphere. The question is, how do you do it right without falling into the trap of being boring? Read on for a few pointers in how to blend in the right amount of monochromatic details.
Play with your tints, shades and tones
Monochrome is not monotone. With the former, there is more liberty in experimenting with hue and saturation while the latter is more restricted. Decide on one colour as the foundation of your palette then play with your pales, mid-tones and darker hues to create interesting contrasts. For example, if you like to use teal, you can follow up with shades of blue-grey, turquoise and blue to accentuate. Even better is to integrate some neutrals like white, black or grey in the scheme. This way, you break the monotony and add more appeal to your space.
Throw in some patterns and textures
The importance of texture in interior decoration is often emphasized. In the monochrome world, it plays a more principal role as the life of the party amongst the homogeneity of your colour scheme. Think generous servings of lavish upholstery on your chairs, leather couches, velvet sofas, patterned cushions, knotted rugs and sensual fabrics for drapes.
Inject a tiny pop of colour
It may seem like a crime to add contrasting elements into a monochromatic room but it isn’t. In fact, adding just a jolt of colour highlights the wonderful composition of monochrome in your room. You can execute this by adding the hint of colour with a bold painting or a vibrant piece of furniture or appliance. In a beige-white kitchen, for example, you can break the singularity by adding a fire red oven and kettle.
Use natural materials
Another trick to enhance the monochrome scheme is through the use of natural materials, combined with or without the neutrals. In the living room, you can add wooden furniture and fresh floral blooms to accentuate your chosen colour family. Meanwhile, the dining room can be brought to life with chairs in steel or brass, along with glass and crystal lighting.