Monochromatic design uses a single core coloration for a room or exterior. This method incorporates different shades, tints, and tones of the main hue within the room or home’s palette. This lovely design strategy creates a very bold, dramatic feel. While this path may seem intimidating, trust us—harmony and balance can still be achieved in your space! Don’t be afraid to match even the smallest of choices; from the light switches to the throw pillows, the ceiling and the sofa, and even your tabletop decor. We say, just go for it.
When choosing to go monochromatic in your home, it’s important that the color you choose does not completely overwhelm the space. That being said, don’t let that notion stop you from choosing a scheme outside of your normal comfort levels. This is your opportunity to be slightly more daring with your color choice. Take advantage of the strategy by considering a sofa, window treatments, a rug, or pillows with a fun and unique pattern or texture. Because all your colors are unified, a rather funky pattern will not distract from the overall design scheme. This is where going monochromatic benefits someone who may be nervous about being too eccentric.
Instead of focusing on what matches, what clashes, the perfect contrast, and so on, this allows you to hone in on true creativity through furniture, patterns, fun wall detailing, and so much more. “Color chaos” vs. simplicity is often the difference between professional and amateur design; A true professional understands the power of restraint and simplicity – monochromatic design perfectly embodies this essential distinction.
Monochromatic Design Exteriors
Choosing the exterior paint color for your home is perhaps the most significant design choice you will make. While your neighbors, the home’s architecture, and other design elements all should influence your color choice, it’s certainly most gratifying when the color of your home is a direct reflection of your personal style and preference.
Going monochromatic for your exterior not only eliminates the daunting task of coordinating trim, shutters, accents, etc., but it also produces an unmatched, classy, and quintessential look. We see this elevated design strategy all over the New England coast & down the Eastern Seaboard. This classic, everlasting “trend” truly enhances the architectural and structural features of the home. A monochromatic exterior creates wonderfully delicate depth. And, depending on your chosen color, it can either be subtle and understated or downright dramatic. Just be careful when choosing your exterior paint colors, whether in-store or online, because they may appear lighter on the actual exterior than on the paint chip in the store due to the natural lighting.
We Are Color Experts
Our designers at WPL Interior Design always love a challenge. And for many homeowners, working with color can be quite challenging. There are so many factors to consider:
- What is the size of your space?
- What color do you want to incorporate into your home?
- What pieces of decor or furniture can be considered to add to your color scheme?
- How do you choose the shade and hues that best complement each other?
We’d love to help you figure out the best way to create a timeless, monochromatic design that will stand the test of time. If you want to invest in improving your home’s interior, we can help. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to set up an appointment with you to discuss your next home project.