In the recent issue of Elle Decor there were a few rooms done in jewel toned monochromatic colors. Then I saw a magazine ad for Nate Berkus' new product line staged in a monochromatic photo and was inspired to research more "mono-colored" rooms. You might think that using one color (monotone) or several similar shades close to each other (monochromatic) would create a dull lifeless room. But these pictures show you can create a gorgeous room with lots of character by smartly layering colors.
In all these photos below, the rooms read as one main color. But if you look closer you can see the different elements that were combined to create each cohesive look.
Purple Dining Room
Solid colors with minimal pattern in chair upholstery that ties together the red/purple curtains and blue/purple walls | White ceiling, trim & chair frames brighten the room | Black and gold accents finish the room.
Varying shades of blue in bed, wallpaper, chair and accessories | Mixed blue and white patterns creates a visually busy room | Pops of green in carpet, pillow, curtains and plant | Warm tones in wood dresser, side table and sunburst mirror | Check out that claw foot bed!Monochromatic Traditional Bedroom by Alex Papachristidis via Elle Decor
Contemporary Blue Dining Room
Opposite of above is a subtle use of small scale patterns in curtains, rug and hanging plates | 3 hues of blue | Crisp white creates high contrast | Black side board adds visual weight
Contemporary blue dining room by John Stefanidis via google
Orange Living Room
Beige walls and flooring create neutral base | Varying orange colors limited to furniture and accessories | Black and white accents found in lamp, window shades, table, and furniture frames
Red Living Room
Walls and furniture done in the same color | White ceiling and window treatments create high contrast and keep room bright | Subtle blue accents used in carpet, vase and chair | warm tones in armoire wood, gold frames, chair frames and coffee table
Neutral Living Room
Even a seemingly neutral room has lots of color layers. Creamy beige couch, walls, and floor | Gray beige (greige) in patterened chairs, artwork, and throw pillows | Wood tone accents | Pops of green with plants
Soothing Green Bedroom
The same color green used in chair, wallpaper, pillow and bedding | White on ceiling and window shades | Off-white floor and pattern background | Warm bronze table and frames | Pop of color from pink flowers and napkins on bed.
So what do you think of these monotone and monochromatic rooms?