Saturday, September 29, 2012

Monochromatic Decor

When I decorated my first apartment, I was so scared of mixing colors I stuck to two hues in different shades. At the time, I thought this meant I had poor sense of style, little did I know I had inadvertently stumbled upon a "look". Monochromatic decor requires staying within a limited color scheme, and the result can be a sophisticated, pulled together, polished look.

While I was online the other day, I became so inspired by this timeless trend, I decided to take it on and share some tips...

1. Choose a color you can live with!
Consider the mood you want the room to evoke and then pick a color you and your family can feel comfortable being surrounded by. Colors can influence moods, so consider that before making your selection. In the bedroom above I used muted creams, whites, browns and gold to keep the room serene. I used a dark color on the wall to bring in warmth and give this spacious room a cozy feel.

2. Add texture
Texture affects how light reflects on surfaces and fabric. Materials such as velvet, satin, silk, metals and lacquered will add a tremendous amount of variety in your room even if they are in the same color. Texture also create a luxurious feel even if you're not spending a lot of money.

3.  Don't forget the sparkle
Honestly, every room needs a little sparkle! I love using metals, mirrors and even glass when I'm decorating. Catching the light is so important because it adds visual interest to your room. This especially the case in a monochromatic design using neutral or muted colors to keep the room from looking drab.

If you've never decorated a room on your own before or are afraid of color like I was, this can be a very effective way to take on any room.  Remember, living in one color family will never feel bland or boring if you add texture and a little sparkle. 

Live Beautifully Tip:
If you need help selecting a pallet, go to your home improvement store a choose from their pre-made  swatch pallets. It will help you determine the spectrum of your color from lightest to darkest. 

Live Beautifully,


  1. I have often found that limiting yourself to say one color really brings out the creativity and makes one notice the other details like texture. I remember a few years ago, I made myself create monochromatic scrapbook pages and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I think if we have too many choices, we just play it safe! Thanks for sharing these great ideas and I am glad to have found you via SITS!

  2. Beautiful! I cannot wait to have nice things again lol My kids would trash these places ;)

    Stopping by from SITS! Happy Saturday :)

  3. Great tips. Thanks for sharing. Everything is beautiful!

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

  4. These are Beautiful Mrs. PMJ :*)... great work. When we buy a house I will need your designing assistance.

    - Mrs.SLHB


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