Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monochromatic color scheme, way more exciting than it sounds!

Here is it, the big question... how does one create a color scheme that pulls together a room?  Most people don't think they are good at it and struggle to come up with two or three colors they think go well together. I am always suggesting what I call "layering a color" to add depth and interest in a room. In other words, say that you want your room to be orange & blue. These two colors pair well together because they are complimentary colors or opposite each other on the color wheel. These opposite colors are complimentary by definition because they are said to be pleasing to the eye and together create a dynamic look. Everyone wants that, right?! But what if you are struggling on which two colors to pair?! And furthermore, it can be difficult to find pillows, rugs, paint, window panels and accessories all in the exact two shades you decided on! 

But what if you choose several shades of one color? Anyone can figure this out! This is where layering one base color can create interest that is pleasing to the eye without being overwhelming. You can still add in a second color (if you choose) but now you have a rich foundation of various shades of your base color to introduce the new color. 

Many people cannot see how olive green, citrus and kelly green go together but I am going to show you how monochromatic color can be very cool and very easy to accomplish! So here we have it... a bunch of shades of green. 
Use them all... together!!


In this shot we are seeing a blue green backdrop paired with lime green, kelly green and even a touch of an olive green tone in the place mat and the branch leaves. Stunning!

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The same is true of this room below. Several shades of green work well together to create a very well thought out color scheme without leaving you overwhelmed by the more bold approach in pattern. 

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I LOVE this coastal room featured in one of my favs, Wisteria! When I got their catalogue this month it inspired this post on monochromatic looks. Check out the shades of blue layered in this look! Love it. So clean and simple but surely NOT boring!


Via: Wisteria

This one is a great example of getting creative with pattern in a simpler color scheme. I love the drapes and wallpaper in this living room! 

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This is another great example of combining blue tones. Love the shades of teal! 

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Bright yellow fresh flowers, pale drapes, deeper yellow fabric on the chairs and gold tables and pendant make two large patterns in one room seem natural that they belong together. 

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I love purple. Dark purple is so rich paired with a smokey grayish purple and a soft lavender!

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The ombre look has been a popular interior design style as well with a light to dark subtle shade change to create interest. The idea is the same...featuring shades of one color together can have a very appealing effect on the eye. 

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Layering color has been popular in fashion as well. It is way more interesting to see these girls in their varying shades of coral to red than to see them all in one color! Why hadn't anyone thought of this 10 years ago! 


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In floral design, I cannot think of a more elegant look that seeing various shades of one color in a bouquet! Stunning!

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What do you think?! Do you like a monochromatic look? Do you think it could work well in your space?

Enjoy & Cheers! {Laura}

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4 comments:

  1. I totally agree. Monochromatic looks are very pretty! I love the bridesmaids in their different dresses.

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  2. I do love a monochromatic room especially in shades of blue or green. Never really thought of it as layering color but its so true and it all works. Thanks Lauren!

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Yes, sometimes I make up words for what I am talking about! Haha:)!

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