3 Designer Tips For Styling a Monochromatic Room

I’m a color-kinda Gal so using just ONE color to decorate an entire room, at first I must admit, was a bit challenging.  However, monochromatic designs are definitely having a moment—and while they may feel unobtainable at first glance, it’s easier to pull off than you (or I!) might think.  Take a cue from these real spaces and steal the three single-palette styling secrets they each rely on for transforming any room into a monochromatic masterpiece.

1. Pick a Color and Commit

Committing to a single color can leave even the most decisive decorator paralyzed—it’s the defining element of your space, so you need to love it! With the hues already in your home in mind, select a base color that works for you.  You could also single out a favorite piece of furniture or artwork and build the room from there.

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2.Vary the shades

Variance of any element can add immediate interest . Once you have your main color, it’s time to build a palette around it to bring depth into your design. Use your central hue as the base, then find the subtle variations within its color family (yes, even white has them!).  A pro tip: The best way to find different shades of the color you have chosen is to visit a paint store and gather up some swatches in the color you have chosen.  Paint swatches are a foolproof way to visualize and pick complementary shades.

3.Layer In Texture

A one-color room desperately needs visual dimension.  Normally, multiple hues and shades would complement a focal color in a design —and that’s where texture comes into play. Good news is a little goes a long way here: Fabrics like jute, velvet, and hides and finishes like metallics, Lucite, and mirrors are surefire ways to up the interest in just one accent. Play around with accessories to find a comfortable mix of textures and layers to build your monochromatic marvel.

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