Saturday, June 18, 2011

Feelin' blue?

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. Take a look…

Designer Tobi Fairley, photo from House Beautiful

Designer Mary Mcdonald

Among both men and women, blue is the most common “favorite color.” This could be because psychologically blue is representative of the most important needs in our life: water and air. It could also be that the color blue is associated with trustworthy, dependable, and committed personalities as well as being a calming and soothing color. Because the color brings our excitement level down, blue is often associated with melancholy.

The color also holds high popularity in interior design. Because of the wide range of blues available, it has the ability to go classic and traditional, or completely modern. This large spectrum of blues available also makes it a great complement to most colors.

Designer Alexandra Angle, photo from House Beautiful

Designer Valerie Smith, photo from House Beautiful

The many moods of blue... Aquamarine, azul, cerulean, cobalt, Colonial blue, cornflower, cyan, delphiniums, denim, indigo, lapis, navy, Prussian Blue, powder blue, robin's egg, royal, sapphire, sky

Don't be blue, we'll talk soon!


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