Saturday, June 11, 2011

Its not easy being green.

Monochromatic rooms are a challenge that many shy away from. To me, this is what makes them so fascinating. They are the rare jewel that, when done successfully, can really shine!

What is a monochromatic room you ask? Well, the definition of "monochromatic" is one color; and so a monochromatic room would be one that is made up entirely of a single color. The problem is, designers usually don't like to limit themselves to a single color... there are just too many good colors and combos out there! This makes finding a true monochromatic room very difficult. However, in the world of interior design there are almost monochromatic rooms… rooms that are made up primarily of one color and accented with just one or two extra colors (usually these are neutrals such as white or black). For our case, these almost rooms is what we’ll be referring to when discussing “monochromatic rooms."

So, how does one pull off a “monochromatic room?” The key is to play with patterns, textures, shades, and finishes/sheens of the same color. By playing with these different variables of the same color, you keep a monochromatic room from being monotonous. The kitchen by Miles Redd above is far from boring!

Designer Jonathan Adler, photo from Elle Decor

Designer Meg Braff, photo from House Beautiful

The varying shades of green and their related associations are as wide and deep as the forest. Generally speaking, the color green represents wealth and peace. It is seen as refreshing and soothing, however it is also associated with illness and associated with “institutional” environments. The base color of the shade green greatly influences this association. Greens with a blue base are most popular while greens with a yellow or brown base are neglected.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises." --Pedro Calderon de la Barca [Spanish poet and playwright, 1600-1681]

"Nature’s first green is gold" --Robert Frost

Designers Anthony Baratta and William Diamond

Designer Gideon Mendelson

Green, green, and more green... apple, aloe, avocado, basil, cactus, celery, celadon, clover, emerald, fern, fig, forest, grass, iguana, jade, Kelly green, lime, mint, myrtle, olive, pistachio, Richmond green, rosemary, seaweed, shamrock, teal, tea.

Be green!


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