Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dreaming in Monochrome

Monochromatic palettes upon first blush seem simple, using only varying shades of a single colour. To avoid the pitfall of the single colour room your guests jokingly refer to by the colour ie. "Sarah and Jake's gray room" you want to be sure to inject life...since you are not injecting much colour. 

Life, in a monochromatic scheme, is introduced through:

  • varying values (lightness/darkness and tone) of the chosen colour or edging to the right or left on the colour wheel of your chosen hue 
  • textures are key. Think felt, boucle, velvet, linen, silk, leather, fur, concrete, lacquer, etc. I'll share a secret: you want to include textures which will both absorb and reflect light...because:
  • a great lighting plan is essential but in a monochromatic design it can make or break all your great work.  
Monochromatic rooms to dream about and be inspired by:

Leslie Fine's sensational work:

Kitchen's look great in a monochrome.
Source: via Dane on Pinterest

Bobby McAlpine's work makes my knees weak. Use you're wildest imagination...that's what I'd do to live in a home designed by Bobby. Just look at the legs on those islands! 

Queen of monochromatic design, Barbara Barry:


  1. There are no words to describe how I feel about that bedroom from Dane on Pintrest. I just wanna sleep there!

  2. monochrome makes me happy! I am all about texture!


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