Tips for Monochromatic Decorating

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Monochromatic decorating has a certain sophistication level that is perceived as elegant and classic. If you are not careful this style can easily become dull and lack luster. Find out how to successfully pull off this look.

The most important factor in this style of decor is to create plenty of contrast. Contrast can be created by using light and dark monochromatic colors. In this photo the contrast is created with the help of the dark trellis pattern on the accent pillows and the dark fabric used on the drapery. Contrast is also being made with the dark tray on the white table. The end table behind the sofa is also making contrast. There is thin dark stripes on the shag area rug. Espresso brown is the color of contrast against all the light colors and white.

Textures and layering are also important when decorating a monochromatic style. The upholstery fabric on the sofa is a nice textured fabric, paired with different fabrics on the accent pillows. Had the fabrics not been mixed the sofa would be washed out and boring. Drapery panels coupled with the sheers creates an in-depth layer of texture and contrast. A shag rug on the floor adds comfort and interest to the space.

The accessories in the room are mostly glass with a little bit if shiny metal. This adds another layer of texture as well as some glitz. Glass items are always helpful when decorating in a monochromatic style.

Make sure to keep some life in the space. In this particular room, the fresh cut flowers add life to space. If no greenery appears in a monochromatic space it may feel cold and dull. In fact all interior spaces benefit from plants, flowers and greenery. It is important to always place plant life within an interior!

Finally, the material of the floor is an important point to factor into the overall decorating scheme.  In the example above, the floor consists of tile, along with an exaggeratedly shaggy rug.  This keeps the contrast running through the remaining space.   

Let us know if you need further advice about your monochrome décor.  If you have an example, post a photo below!

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