The maximalist trend brought an embrace of bold color schemes that often include the whole spectrum of hues in a single space (along with a fearless approach to mixing patterns). While there’s a lot to love about this aesthetic, it’s not for everyone.

That’s where monochromatic color schemes come in: They bring a sense of harmony, depth, and interest to a room, while also giving the eye a chance to rest. While most associate monochromatic décor schemes with neutrals, any color can work for gorgeous results. Need proof? Look no further than these monochromatic pairings.

The Look: Go For Green

Clockwise, from top left: George Smith Mohair Velvet Square Chair, Bettertex Floral Linen Throw Pillow, The Lacquer Company Chinoiserie Side Table, Modern Malachite Table Lamps

Gorgeous greens borrowed from nature never fail to add a serene feel to a space, making these pieces a great choice for decorating a study.

The Look: Beautiful In Blue

Clockwise, from top left: Modern Hand-Loomed Gabbeh Art Silk Oriental Rug, Judy Ross Textiles Shells Hand-Embroidered Throw Pillow, Kravet Corbin Table Lamp, Kravet Indigo Knox Linen Throw

Like green, blue’s associations with nature (sky and sea) give the color a relaxing effect. Since it’s also a crowd-pleasing color, you can use it in nearly every room in your home. We particularly like to layer blues in a living room, but also in more “private” areas of the home (like a bedroom).

The Look: Purple Drama

Clockwise, from top left: B&B Italia Solo Armchair, Vintage Purple Tufted Leather Square Bench, Kravat Arpad Raku Accent Cups, Judy Ross Textiles Quartz Wool & Silk Rug

No matter if you prefer deep plums or light lavender, purple décor has a more “intense” feel than blue. They bring a moodiness to an interior, an effect that can be amplified in rooms that don’t get much light. We love purple for powder rooms and other small spaces, but layering purple furniture and accessories adds a certain intimacy for larger rooms.

The Look: Rich Red

Clockwise, from top left: Vintage Early 1970s Milo Baughman Style Leather Sectional, Shine by Pasargad Gabbeh Collection Wool Area Rug, Vintage Chinoiserie Gilt Decorated Mirror, Vintage Mid-Century Tufted Storage Stool

On its own, a single red element makes an eye-catching focal point – which can make others shy away from going for a monochromatic red color scheme. But, the more red décor you have in a room, the less visually jarring it can be. Red still has power, so it’s better suited for living rooms, studies, and other occasional spaces rather than a bedroom.





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