First time homeowners will understand how daunting it is to decorate newly acquired digs, and with home improvement tips, tricks and reality TV shows more prolific than Warnie’s love life, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Monochromatic decorating is simple but highly effective, and will never go out of style. Create the stylish aesthetic in your home with the following guide.
When most people think of monochrome, they imagine stark black and white interiors with a tsunami of grey thrown in for good measure. However, monochrome is synonymous with ‘ombre’ and simply refers to a colour scheme that uses a base colour and shades, tints and hues of that colour to create a cohesive finish. For example, a green monochromatic space can feature shades like olive, emerald, mint and chartreuse. If you’re more of a blue man, decorate with cobalt, indigo, royal, baby and steel blue derivatives.
Bold, sophisticated and distinctive, some incorrectly assume a monochromatic interior design will result in a sterile home. However, warm colours can also constitute monochrome.
Creating Your Palate
Forget endless swatch cards with ridiculously named colours by choosing a single colour as the base for your interior design. This is the nucleus around which all other colours will be determined.
Tip: Consider your furniture and appliances before settling on a base colour to avoid clashes.
Worried everything will blend together and offer no definition? No worries. Contrast is key here. For example, stark white trim or accents will give sharp contrast between your monochrome palate (particularly if grey is your base colour). Pick shades darker and lighter than the base colour, but don’t feel you need to include every tone, hue and tint known to the colour spectrum.
Why Go Monochrome?
- Perfect for contrasting and highlighting statement pieces around the house.
- Exudes clean, sleek minimalism with little effort.
- Simple to plan and execute by focusing on a single colour and its shades, hues and tints.
- A monochrome background offers a harmonious and restful feel to your pad.
- It’s idiot proof. By using one colour and its derivatives, you’re ensured to bypass any design disasters and mismatched interiors.
- A monochromatic scheme can transform a messy bedroom into a relaxing, calming and inviting space.
The Home Office
Working from home always sounds alluring, but things like crappy morning television and a fully stocked fridge often sway our attention and debilitate our output. To minimise distractions and create a calming, ordered environment, monochromatic study rooms or home offices are ideal. Keep your mind sharp and interiors sparse for optimal effect.
The Snooze Room
Monochrome in all its sleek and functional glory has been making its way into bedrooms across the country. It’s one of the hottest bedroom trends of the past few years. Avoid stark white and consider deeper shades of grey, or choose warmer colours like beige and caramel.
Texture & Patterns
Working with a monochrome palate can lead to rooms that seem overly ‘matchy matchy’, with everything blending together. To add interest and break up the monotony of your colour scheme, don’t be afraid to experiment with texture and pattern.
Bold artwork is an effective way to offset monotony, while textured wallpaper is becoming increasingly popular. Throw in some patterned rugs, cushions and blankets to complete the look or go big with a patterned couch or ottoman.
Break It Up
Monochrome extremists will argue against the introduction of colour outside the designated base. However, a pop of different colour can make a monochrome design more effective. This is particularly true for those who opt for a black, white and grey palate as it will help the room spring to life. The foreign colour doesn’t need to overwhelm, and can be included in something as small as a picture frame or a mirror, or as large as a brightly coloured couch.
If a colourful couch isn’t up your alley, a safer alternative is to decorate your monochromatic space with neutral colours. Black or white accents help to define the room and break up the monotony of the monochrome scheme.
Likewise, wooden or metal furniture can break up and compliment your colour scheme. Think a textured, raw wood dining table or metal bar stools.