Monochromatic decor is always in style, but is it the style for you? Read on to find out if a monochromatic space would be the perfect addition to your home!
Hi, everyone! I want to welcome back Emma Joyce with another guest post. Today, she’s going to share her tips on decorating with a monochromatic color scheme.
When decorating and furnishing your home, it’s important to choose a certain style that agrees with your personality – unless, of course, you want to end up with a mixture of several different styles. While living in an eclectic home might suit some people, it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea and if you don’t enjoy diversity and colorfulness, opting for just one style – any style – is a much better idea. Nevertheless, however you decide to decorate your interior, you need to realize there are a ton of small things you have to pay attention to and everything has to come together – from the color of the walls to the material of the sofa cushions. That’s why more and more people are looking for an easy way out and, instead of overthinking the decorating process, they simply choose one color and go with it. While monochromatic home decor might not seem exciting at first, it’s actually one of the best interior design ideas, so if you too are struggling with decorating your home, here’s why this sort of decor could be perfect for you.
Pros of Monochromatic Decor
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There are lots of positive aspects to decorating your home in one single color – with, understandably, variations, shades and different tones – and conformity is just one of them. Let’s face it: when we’re in the middle of a long and exhausting decorating process, we just want it to end, so opting for similar colors in various parts of your home doesn’t seem like the worst idea in the world.
However, the absolutely best thing about this style is the fact that you can adapt the color scheme entirely to your preferences – since you already probably know your favorite color, finding furniture and wall paint to match your liking is quite simple. Also, you don’t have to think too long about other colors either, but simply go with the shades that accompany your primary color. This is something Scandinavian designers have been doing for quite some time now, so you can see that this idea is working in the real world as well.
Another great advantage of monochromatic decor is the balance you get after you’re done decorating your home. Since walls and furniture are already accompanying each other, all that’s left for you to do is decide which shades and tones to use on the smaller decorating pieces: shelves and chairs in the living room and cushions and covers in the bedroom. Everything will be in perfect harmony – even if the materials and finishing touches don’t entirely match – simply because of the similar colors, and this way you’ll be able to build layer upon layer of your decor, ending up with a perfect cohesion.
Cons of Monochromatic Decor
Unfortunately, not all people love being surrounded by one color and that’s why they need to stay as far away from a monochromatic room as possible. They can see this choice as something confining and boring, especially if they prefer having some action in their everyday lives. Moreover, all those who just love combining different colors and discovering how various shades work together will be miserable if they opt for just one tone. In the end, maybe lots of colors could brighten up your life and make a real change for the better when you’re having a bad day, so keep an eye open for this option, too.
Let’s put it this way: if you like contrasts and interactions between things surrounding you, a monochromatic color scheme is certainly not for you. The very definition of this style excludes every chance for excitement, so you might want to skip it if you wish to keep your interior lively and thrilling. Of course, you could get the best of both worlds by opting for a monochromatic color scheme and still adding a few surprising tones here and there.
In the end, the biggest problem with monochromatic decor is that it can be rather confining – loving certain colors more than others is quite all right, but living in a monochromatic home means you won’t be able to think outside the box and pick any other color besides the dominating one! This doesn’t sound like a huge issue at first, but you’ll see how limiting it becomes after a while, and that’s precisely why certain people try to stay as far away from this sort of decor as they can.
Mistakes to Avoid with Monochromatic Decor
Knowing every advantage and disadvantage of monochromatic bedroom decor, you can easily decide whether it’s the right choice for you. Should you decide to go with it, you’ll be able to plan your new home decoration in a matter of minutes. Also, you should try to avoid common mistakes lots of people make, just to ensure you’ve done everything right. Here are some of the things that require special attention.
First of all, don’t stick to just one color – yes, you may love yellow or orange with all your heart, but being surrounded by it all day every day will ultimately drive you crazy. Mix things up a little bit with a few selected pieces – a chair, a cupboard, or a kitchen counter, for instance – of a similar color, but different tone, in order to keep things fresh. Additionally, when choosing a dominating color for your walls, don’t go to bright. This is especially true for the bedroom as certain colors can disrupt your sleep and damage your physical and mental health in more ways than one. Finally, if you decide to go monochromatic, don’t make every room of the house the same because that will bore you to death in a matter of weeks.
Give Monochromatic Decor a Test Run
If you’ve never had a chance to spend a considerable amount of time in a room that’s decorated monochromatically, you should probably find out whether this style will work for you before redecorating your entire home. Talk to your friends who have done this and hear their experiences. Ask them everything you’re interested in – from picking the best color choices to matching the carpets and the walls – and take their input into consideration when deciding what to do. Also, don’t be afraid to ask them if you could spend some time at their home, just to feel the vibe of their rooms: an hour or two is sometimes enough to help you realize whether monochromatic decor is something you’d feel comfortable in or not.
After you’ve collected all the data and decided to go forward with this idea, there’s just one last step – give it a test run. Furnish and repaint just one room in a monochromatic scheme and then test it for some time. If you still think this is the right thing for you, start refurbishing other rooms in your home and adapting them to your new favorite decor style.
New Furniture and DIY Projects
One of the best ways to make sure your entire home is decorated in accordance with the principles of monochromatic style is by furnishing it adequately, which means either purchasing new furniture of the appropriate color or renovating old pieces so they match your ideas. When it comes to the first idea, you might not even know you want new furniture until you see it at a store, but once you realize how well it could mix with your color scheme, you’ll just have to make a purchase. Additionally, a large number of people decide to add an extra layer to their decorating process by installing new doors that fit their color scheme.
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In the end, don’t forget to add your personal touch to the furniture as well – a small redecorating or reupholstering project might be just the thing you needed to top everything off and make it work as a whole. Naturally, when picking colors for your project, pay attention to the ones that compliment your dominant color scheme instead of wasting time on finding new tones. When it comes to materials, you have all the freedom in the world to do whatever you want because this style is all about the color, and that’s rather helpful. If you’re unsure what pieces of furniture would be ideal for retouching, keep in mind that sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables are the easiest and most obvious choices.
Once you’ve decided to furnish your home with monochromatic decor, it’s important not to give up until you’ve realized your vision. First choose your color – from beige and gray to blue and, what might surprise you, even purple – and then stick to a single palette no matter how big or small your rooms are, until you’ve reached perfection.
There you have it! The pros and cons of monochromatic decor and if it can work for you. What do you think? Is a monochromatic room design something you still desire? Let us know in the comments below, and tell us about your dream monochromatic living room, bedroom, or other space in your house. Share this post with your family and friends so they can see it too! Until next time!
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Bio: Emma B. Joyce is a blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.