Color & Accessories: Mono-Color Rooms

In the recent issue of Elle Decor there were a few rooms done in jewel toned monochromatic colors. Then I saw a magazine ad for Nate Berkus' new product line staged in a monochromatic photo and was inspired to research more "mono-colored" rooms. You might think that using one color (monotone) or several similar shades close to each other (monochromatic) would create a dull lifeless room. But these pictures show you can create a gorgeous room with lots of character by smartly layering colors. 

In all these photos below, the rooms read as one main color. But if you look closer you can see the different elements that were combined to create each cohesive look.


Purple Dining Room

Solid colors with minimal pattern in chair upholstery that ties together the red/purple curtains and blue/purple walls | White ceiling, trim & chair frames brighten the room | Black and gold accents finish the room. 

Glamorous Monochromatic Dining Room by Alex Papachristidis via Elle Decor

Blue Bedroom

Varying shades of blue in bed, wallpaper, chair and accessories | Mixed blue and white patterns creates a visually busy room | Pops of green in carpet, pillow, curtains and plant | Warm tones in wood dresser, side table and sunburst mirror | Check out that claw foot bed!Monochromatic Traditional Bedroom by Alex Papachristidis via Elle Decor


Contemporary Blue Dining Room

Opposite of above is a subtle use of small scale patterns in curtains, rug and hanging plates | 3 hues of blue | Crisp white creates high contrast | Black side board adds visual weight

Contemporary blue dining room by John Stefanidis via google

Orange Living Room

Beige walls and flooring create neutral base | Varying orange colors limited to furniture and accessories | Black and white accents found in lamp, window shades, table, and furniture frames


Red Living Room

Walls and furniture done in the same color | White ceiling and window treatments create high contrast and keep room bright | Subtle blue accents used in carpet, vase and chair | warm tones in armoire wood, gold frames, chair frames and coffee table

Tailored Living Room by Miles Redd via Elle Decor


Neutral Living Room

Even a seemingly neutral room has lots of color layers. Creamy beige couch, walls, and floor | Gray beige (greige) in patterened chairs, artwork, and throw pillows | Wood tone accents | Pops of green with plants



Soothing Green Bedroom

Solid colors with subtle patterns and nature related artwork in nearly the same shade of soft green | Off-white and dark wood accents
Allison Paladino Interior Design


Monotone Bedroom

The same color green used in chair, wallpaper, pillow and bedding | White on ceiling and window shades | Off-white floor and pattern background | Warm bronze table and frames | Pop of color from pink flowers and napkins on bed.

Traditional Monochromatic Green Bedroom by Anne Coyle via google

So what do you think of these monotone and monochromatic rooms?

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Reader Comments (2)

The blue dining room is absolutely amazing! The combination of blue and white makes me feel calm while just looking at the image. The white wooden flooring reminds me of a restaurant in Greece.
Yes I love that room as well - and I can see what you mean about the Grecian feel!
November 21, 2014 | Registered CommenterAndrea Valle

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