Monochromatic Rooms, From Pale to Bright

Monochromatic Rooms, From Pale to Bright

Susie Nadler
Aug 28, 2009

Decorating with a single color can be tricky, and perhaps the most daunting part of the challenge is actually choosing the color itself. Monochromatic décor always makes a statement, but that statement will vary widely depending on the particular shades and tones involved in the color scheme...

Rooms swathed in a single pale shade, like the blue room in the first photo above, tend to feel serene and calming (sometimes a little bland, depending on your point of view). But monochromatic rooms decked out in bright, bold shades can have the opposite effect, creating an undeniable sense of drama and vibrancy (perhaps a bit over-the-top... once again, depending on your point of view).

Based on the examples we've culled above, there are a few things we'd surely do when trying a room like this at home:

• Work in subtly different shades of the chosen color in order to add depth and interest.
• Create textural contrast.
• Even though you're going monochromatic, do make some small gestures with accent colors, especially neutrals like wood tones and whites.

What do you think? Is a monochromatic color scheme for you? Have you tried this at home?

For more inspiring monochromatic rooms, try these previous Apartment Therapy posts:

Mix and Match Styles With a Monochromatic Palette
Monochromatic Bathrooms
Look! Monochromatic!

(Images: Cottage Living; Phoebe Howard; Sergi; Cottage Living; Jill Hertz/HGTV; Desire to Inspire; Laura Casey Interiors; I on Design)

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