Design Trend, Monochromatic

26 Jul

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It seems all the rooms/color schemes I am drawn to are monochromatic. I love the easy flow from color to color. It is soothing, even with the brightest of hues. I find it makes a room look bigger, more relaxing, and soft. Keep in mind, however, monochromatic doesn’t mean all the same, exact color. It means the mixing of different hues of the same color. The key is to mix light and dark tones in the same color family. DON”T GET MATCHY, MATCHY or your attempt at monochromatic will just look dull and lifeless. Another great tip – use plant life to add a tiny punch of color and air to the room. These pictures from http://www.phoebehoward.net/ are perfect examples of how to design a monochromatic room correctly.

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Neutrals, like white, are the perfect enhancement to a monochromatic room. Every room should have several hues of neutral tones.

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Tone-on-tone neutrals are a great option for the color challenged among us. For those of you who have a panic attack about blues, pinks, purples, etc… there is no shame in sticking with neutrals. Just remember, neutrals can actually be harder than colors, because you must find neutrals in the same warm or cool tones. You don’t want to use a pinky beige wall color, with gray beige upholstery, and gold beige window treatments. Can’t tell the difference? Seek advice from your local professional designer!

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4 Responses to “Design Trend, Monochromatic”

  1. Rachel Follett July 27, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Beautiful spaces! Love that first blue bedroom!

  2. Sarah Klassen/Haute Design July 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Monochromatic rooms can be so lovely and timeless. {I agree, not boring and matchy matchy} I adore the room in the last image — it’s delightful and I could spend all day there 🙂

  3. Paula Grace Halewski July 28, 2009 at 1:45 am #

    Lovely post. Lovely pictures. Great advice. Its all here.

  4. Leigh Chandler July 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You always find the most beautiful things, thanks for continually inspiring me and leaving me speechless!

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