This book, Monochrome, has been huge inspiration. Here are a few more amazing rooms that might inspire you too!
You probably thought we were done with this little pillow, but no! Let’s tackle this monochromatic thing from the other direction and focus on the sage green background of our little bolster.
Funny enough, I’m finishing up a green bedroom where this pillow would fit beautifully (that wasn’t planned- I swear!). Wish I could show you the finished photos, but we’re still waiting for the custom duvet. You’ll be the first to know when it’s all ready. ‘Til then, here’s the plan:
Here’s a sneak peek at the progress…
Bad photos (sorry!), but you’ll notice that most of the accessories are green or white. The headboard fills a tight awkward space make the room feel more spacious. The fabric draped over the pillows is for the duvet. Can’t wait to get it back from the seamstress!
Okay, we’re going to tackle a monochromatic scheme for your home. Start with a room of your choosing. I’ll start with this one:
Got your inspiration piece? Take a good look at it and jot down the defining points like color, style, look, feel. They don’t have to technically correct, just describe the piece to help you define your theme.
I’ll demonstrate with this bolster (below) I found on Jayson Home and Garden. Saffron and sage in color, it has a vintage feel that’s exotic, rustic and elegant. I’m immediately drawn to the architectural pattern and contrast between the smooth background and raised tapestry yarn.
It’s classic and luxurious with the patina of time as if it sat in a sunny window over the years. It’s still beautiful but maybe a bit faded or worn. Rustic elegance implies a rich opulent past softened by age that makes it feel less formal, more comfy in the present.
Anywayyy, this looks like it belongs to a sophisticated, well-traveled person (let’s pretend that’s me, shall we?). May seem like a difficult color to work with, but almost immediately I found a few more treasures to go in our room…
Contrasting a clean lined sofa with casual exotic pillows adds gives the room a comfy inviting feel…
Add a clean architectural piece like this bookcase and super modern art piece like a brass or stone sculpture for an amazing finish…
It’s been a spooky warm winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area and I for one feel parched (must be my Oregonian blood)… But it’s raining today!
Ahhhh, feels like I’m standing by the sink drinking a full glass of water from the faucet in one gulp knowing I’ll fill my cup again as soon as the last drop hits my throat. Californians aren’t known for embracing this weather (you’d think the occasional change in climate would be welcome here!). They call it dreary.
But I see colors come to life and textures jump to the foreground… somehow perspective even seems to get deeper… I love the rain.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Take monochromatic interiors, people say they’re flat and boring… like this:
But the good ones look like this!
People end up with one-note rooms simply because they’re afraid to try putting colors together, afraid to mixing patterns and prints… That’s not a monochromatic plan, that’s a fearful plan! Stop, you don’t have to live this way!
Even if you don’t feel brave enough to put colors together, monochromatic schemes can be unique and beautiful because they (the good ones) rely on texture, contrast, and intensity to dress an entire room in one color. A few weeks ago we explored complimentary colors and how to bring them to your home. This week, we’ll take a look at monochromatic color schemes and do the same. So, take a look around your room and grab something that inspires you in terms of color, style, theme… and let’s get started.
In the meantime, here are a few rooms that might get your imagination going. See you tomorrow!