If you haven’t noticed a rolling theme I have going on on my site. When it comes to design, starting with your basic black and/or white color is usually the easiest way to go. Being that we are on here to learn or to get ideas on how to create a great look, starting with the basics are always a good way to go. I’m sure you agree.
Today’s topic is all about introducing a new color to monochromatic theme design. Once you figure out if you’d like to go warm or cool, this will make your job less grueling. It’s not surprising that when it comes to fashion, I wear warm colors because they look great next to my complexion (I have a yellow undertone to my skin). These colors your will be red to yellow tones. For another odd reason, yellow just so happens to be my favorite color, go figure. What I love most about designing with monochromatic colors is introducing additional colors depending on the seasons. Have you ever tried this trick? Instead of putting fist to chin and killing yourself over with colors to choose, select your colors by which season you’re currently in. For example, Winter and Summer are cool seasons and Spring and Autumn are warm seasons. Crazy enough, yellow is a warm color and my favorite season is Fall/Autumn… LMAO, I’m just showing you the coincidences with the color system. If you’re interested in the color systems, I will go more into detail on a future post.
Today, I’m choosing to work with blush. For the past three seasons, I have been in love with this color and how easy it is to pair it with other colors. When adding your “pop of color”, remember: think accents. This includes chairs, light fixtures, ceramic bowls, candle handlers, candles, pillows and blankets, ottomans, rugs and all. Think of this now as your “primary” color, if you will (not to be confused with the original primary colors). Your primary color will be the main color, outside of white and black. This color will show up in some of the larger pieces or on items that are featured. In fact making sure the eye moves smoothly around the room, have your color move in a circular motion from top to bottom. You may choose to only have small splashes of your primary colors because you’d like to introduce more, a “secondary color”. Let’s take a quick look at the black paisley accent pillow. The background color is black. The primary color of blush is there. The metallic color of gold is there. Now find the other colors present, you may choose your secondary color. I would choose the color aqua (to cool down the decor) or even red (to continue the warm temperature).
How much of a risk taker are you? By changing your wall color, you can take this collection to the next level. I, for one, love the idea of vertical black and white lines (try this self-adhesive wallpaper that’s so easy to use). The thicker, the better. Ideally, 5in. to 8in. in length. Not something you’d do? How about keeping your walls a clean white with painted black trims and borders? LMAO, trust me, in order to pull off this look, stepping outside the box is what you must do. If you’d like to keep things semi-simple, you can paint your walls a lighter gray or even keep them white with black and/or gold shelves, bookcases, leaner and hanging mirrors and even different sized and shaped picture frames.
Are you looking for more colors that look great with the monochromatic theme, try any of these colors. Remember, choose a primary color for the featured item and add splashes of your secondary color in the smaller accent pieces: