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Why It’s Time to Go Monochrome

Why It’s Time to Go Monochrome

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Why It’s Time to Go Monochrome

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 06:00 AM PST

When it comes to redesigning a room, the first decision is usually, “which color?”.

And sometimes, that can be the hardest choice of all. I can’t be the only person who has excitedly walked into a paint store, then left a short time later, overwhelmed with a thousand similar-but-different options. Who knew there could be so many shades of white? And where do I even begin with furniture?

Here’s one way we bypass having to coordinate colors: designing a room with a monochromatic color palette. It’s an incredibly simple way to bring elegance to your interiors without hiring a designer. And it’s becoming increasingly popular in interior design.

In this article, we'll outline why using a single color palette is an excellent choice for any interior, and show you how to recreate the look on your own. We think you'll be eager to embrace monochrome in no time.

All you have to do is decide which color!

Why go for monochrome?

Monochrome easily creates harmony — because it’s really all one base color.

By choosing a monochromatic color palette, you have your unifying element from the start. ‘Monochromatic’ simply means is that you take one basic color and apply color theory to create a range of hues by playing with the various tones, shades, and tints that can be created from the original.

For those of us who are starting to experiment with interior design, the prospect of putting an entire room together can be daunting. After all, there are so many different components to take into account: furniture, floor coverings — don’t even get me started on art and decor. Going monochrome will guide your decisions, and pull everything together seamlessly.

But shouldn’t design have lots of different colors?

Yes and no. By now, we're all familiar with the colors that we use to fill our spaces impact us psychologically. While bright colors like orange can provide a much-needed burst of energy, and earth tones make us feel more grounded — sticking to one color palette helps create a soothing and restful environment.

Research by The University of Texas found that websites with a monochromatic background palette were easiest for others to read. They attribute these findings to the fact that the brain has less to process and therefore is able to better concentrate on the website's content. You can take this same principle and use a single color palette to showcase your space's best features.

Since monochromatic designs have such a relaxing effect, it's often utilized in spaces that need an extra calming boost. Bedrooms are, of course, an excellent option, as are those too-often-stressful home offices. But you shouldn't be afraid to branch out a little — experiment with monochrome in your bathroom to create a spa-like feel, or use it in your children's playroom to help keep all that energy at bay.

How to rock monochrome in your home:

The words "monochromatic design" might still feel a little worrisome. Maybe you’re picturing a room where the sofas blend into the walls and every element of the room is the exact same shade. I’m going to let you in on a secret: Monochromatic interior design offers plenty more than just a single shade.

Since the shades in your interior will tend to blend together, texture and pattern are the easiest, and often one of the cheapest, ways to add visual interest. In fact, while too many patterns are usually a design no-no, monochrome is an occasion in which you can let your mixing-and-matching skills run wild.

As you pick out the design elements that fit your room, be careful to ensure that the undertones, or the yellow, green, pink or blue hues that stand out in a color when it's hit by when hit by the light, match. Two design elements with separate undertones will not look right when placed side-by-side, but similar undertones can “match”, even when their patterns or textures vary greatly.

It's also best to think of the unifying color palette as the base of the room rather than the whole picture. Think of it as a pie; the color you choose to follow isn’t the entire pie – just the filling. But no pie is complete without the crust. In this case, the “crust” is the neutrals and complimentary accents.  Focus on complimenting your main color with a variety of neutrals; Pops of white and black give the eye a place to rest from the intensity of the main shade.

If you're uninspired by neutrals, natural materials can work in much the same fashion. Use wooden furniture to break up your bedroom or a set of ultra-modern metal chairs to making your dining space really stand out.

Whichever group you choose, just be sure to provide plenty of coordinating pops throughout the room. Not only will they provide that always-essential visual interest, but they will pull the room together to give it a professionally-designed feel.

Single color spaces are often the subject of heated debates. Some think they're too simple to be worthwhile. But, when done correctly, we can attest that they are the epitome of easy elegance.

How do you feel about monochromatic colors? Have you used them in your home? If so, what are your best tips? Share them with us in the comment section below, or reach out to us on social media.

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A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

Posted: 19 Jan 2017 11:57 PM PST

Hello everyone, this is Anke and I thought I’d drop by while Holly’s at the imm Cologne in her decor8 booth to first of all, I am wish you a happy new year and next, bring you some ideas and inspiration for a winterly tabletop. What I did this time was I put every tree-shaped candleholder (plus decoration) I own on our dining table. Admittedly there are numerous in our possession! Imagine my husband rolling his eyes at this point! Of course less will do. (Imagine him nodding!) Moreover, I wanted to catch the beautiful colors one finds outside in the forest here in Germany at this time of the year. Namely shades of grey (sky), brown (wood) and white (snow). I love this natural and fresh color palette at home. Do you?

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

It recently snowed heavily outside when I shot these images the other day. Perfect timing for this column! But you can easily let it snow above your table, too! Either you make a garland of white paper dots by using a circle punch and sewing the dots in a row OR you just buy one at the Dille & Kamille online shop, if you are not a DIY kind of person!

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

These garlands create a non-kitschy but cheerful and fun decoration. But all regular readers will know that I am generally into paper garlands, I cannot help it!

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

In keeping with the chilly season I picked a wreath illustration with bare branches (bought online at Creative Market) for the name tags you see on the plates and attached jute cord loosely.

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

As I am a huge fan of hearty soups and stew in winter I cooked one of our family’s favorites – Sweet Chestnut Soup. This one contains chestnuts (surprise!), celeriac, leek, spring onions, beef broth and cream. The topping is made of chopped and roasted chestnuts with coarse sea salt, fresh grounded pepper and maple syrup for a sweet touch. Just the way I like it! An alternative to traditional soup bowls are pretty preserving jars.

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

That’s it for now! I will see you again in February when we should definitely have spring flowers for our column, don’t you think? Sending kind greetings – Anke

(Styling, Photography: Anke Illner)

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