While there is something to be said about the joys of a seditious mix of juxtapositions in interior design, its power also lies in the cool, calming simplicity of the monochrome decor and the refined appeal of eye-catching minimalism – especially when small spaces are supposed to appear larger. It’s easier than you think, and we reached out to the interior designers at Décor Aid for pointers on how to pull off monochromatic and tonal design so you can quickly master monochromatic decor like a pro.
In order to illustrate the powerful effect of the monochrome decor with tonal variations, we have selected highlights from our interior design portfolio to illustrate its effectiveness in rooms that are anything but monotonous and uninspired.
As always, start from scratch
A key element in laying the foundation for any room, even if you choose to go for monochromatic decor, is always to start from scratch as a starting point. Using flooring and carpets as a base is a quick way to set the overall tone for a room while exploring different hues and experimenting with textures. If you’re not starting from scratch, our interior designers recommend using furniture that you want to keep as a touchstone for the monochrome scheme you have chosen.
Develop a mood
After you’ve chosen the floor colors as the first step in adding monochromatic decor to your home, build on your chosen shade by examining what you think is important to compliment the mix. Now is the time to reflect on the directions of interior design and refine the eras, styles, and overall feel of space to move forward while finding balance and calming sensitivity.
Make placement a priority
If you approach the monochrome decor tonally by mixing a number of similar hues throughout the room, which is much easier, more realistic and less severe, use lighter hues on large areas and walls and keep more energetic variations on your hue with limited chosen color on smaller accents and furniture. Note that our project above is limited to a selection of whites, browns, grays, and blacks that complement each other as circular lights, bowls, and even a mirror have been added to tie all the hues together without being intrusive.
Mix in high-gloss surfaces
Pay attention to details. By adding high-gloss objects like mirrors, vases and sculptures, you give even the most reserved minimal spaces a feeling of glamor. For a recent home renovation in the Chicago area, our interior designers used mirrors, lucite, and silver metallic objects to subtly break up the rooms’ otherwise subtle monochrome decorations.
While it may sign you up for a bigger challenge, the interior designers at Décor Aid always recommend being open to unlimited possibilities and slowly ruling out what you absolutely don’t want, with careful consideration, as every color has a place. However, the monochromatic decor can provoke all kinds of emotions, from calming to intense. So opt for shades that you enjoy, that offer comfort and make your room appear larger – especially lighter shades, especially those that are often found in nature.
You can just find more freedom
If you focus on monochromatic decorating ideas, you are sure to find that you have more space to play with different materials, textures, tones and surfaces. The trick with this is to stay open to the potential boost that monochromatic decor can bring to a home while making sure its impact isn’t muted or drab.
Let’s explain the advantages of monochromatic decor
Before approaching a monochrome decor color scheme, you should reconsider the benefits of such a concise interior design. For starters, you’ll make any room, no matter how small, appear bigger. Second, decorating is much, much easier when you stick to a minimal range of hues. Since it’s best to work with variations of a chosen color, you’ll find that the parts you bring in and use will work together a lot easier. And since you’re working with a fixed palette, it’s much easier to choose which colors to use at first.
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