The interesting part about decorating your interior is the versatility and creativity you can bring into it. There are really no hard and fast rules and as far as you follow the general principles, you can achieve a really beautiful and fulfilling design.

The influence of monochrome in contemporary interior design is refreshing and elegant. A monochromatic colour palette  allows you to play around a single colour, by applying colour theory and projecting various shades, tones and tints of one basic colour. You will be amazed at the harmonious effect that would be created. Contrary to what a lot of people think, a monochromatic colour palette is not boring at all, if you know how to pull it off.

THE APPEAL

A monochromatic colour palette appeals to your sense of balance in a simple yet sophisticated manner. Bear in mind that there is a difference between achieving a monochromatic effect with your colour palette, and monotone. While one is interesting, the other can give a boring and drab outcome.

Using this design technique has a way of weaving a harmonious and unifying element into your design plan, thereby transforming your space.

CHOICE OF COLOUR

When planning on designing your interior, it is not uncommon to be torn between various colour choices. And the reality is that, although a lot may appeal to you, you can only choose a limited number. Designing your space around a monochromatic palette helps you narrow down this choice, with an elegant outcome.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE MAJOR PIECES

The major elements such as furniture and curtains or blinds, have to complement the wall. Choosing these major pieces are very important, and add to the general ambience you are trying to create. Considering that curtains or blinds rest against the wall, you may want to go for a tone lighter or a shade darker than the background.

SIMPLE ELEGANCE

A monochromatic design is known to have a relaxing effect and creates a soothing environment. When trying to achieve this look for your interior, have it in mind that the effect lies in using one colour in different shades and tints. See how the total ensemble works and don’t rule out any hue.

SWITCH IT UP

Working with patterns and textures give your space character. Textures have a way of making the same colour appear different. For instance, a velvety, a satiny and a plain textured cushion all in the colour, say orange, gives that colour different effects. Consider the general outcome when playing around textures and patterns, remembering that moderation is always key.

Think about including a variety of neutrals, to occasionally shift attention from the main colour. That way you get to compliment your main colour with a pop of red here, or a pop of black there; giving your space a professional hint.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO BOLD

Going with a monochromatic palette does not necessarily translate into timid. You can make a bold statement depending on the mood you want to create. This technique can be vibrant and exciting if you really want to pull it off.