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Midday Muse: Monochrome Living

I'm not one to steer away from color or pattern, but I think there is something to be said for monochrome interiors. In a vibrant, busy space, shapes can become lost and ignored, but a more pared down design can accentuate your furnishings, reminding you each day of why you fell for them in the first place. Take the chandeliers in the photograph, for example. They're remarkable and the white walls make note of that, whereas a wallpaper might be a distraction from their unique, drippy form. I myself love white furniture but black has never been for me. In most cases I find black and white interiors a bit too modern for my taste. But here, the vintage trunk, traditional sofa, and painted hardwood floors prevent that. No, it's not the most conservative space, but it doesn't scream bachelor pad, either. What do you say? Yea or nay for monochrome living?

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chancleta chancleta 8 years
i like itwhat some people find vivaciousother's find too loudi think this is lovely understated for the people who appreciate understated ;) like me
chancleta chancleta 8 years
i like it what some people find vivacious other's find too loud i think this is lovely understated for the people who appreciate understated ;) like me
Home Home 8 years
Monochrome, which usually refers to photography, means that something is produced in black and white or in varying tones of a single color.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I like having one color and black and white (still technically monochrome). But then I get a piece of art or something that has a few colors in it and it really looks nice.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
Isn't monochrome one color not two? When someone says a monochrome room I'd think it was all one color. Either way I don't like it at all. I prefer having a few colors or at least 3 major.
Home Home 8 years
On second thought, I'm thinking that this monochrome look may be best in a smaller room, such as a powder room. Then, the temptation to bring in colorful accents and furnishings is less of a threat.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
I like it, but I feel like something is missing. Idk... maybe something behind the sofa... on the wall
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I am drooling with envy! That is my kinda style - I am going to even print the pic out and tuck it away for the future when i (hopefully) one day afford an interior decorator and he/she asks: what is your ideal style?
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I think this monochromatic look is cool, but I think adding a few splashes of color would make it look even better (bright red would be my preference). Alas, it would no longer be monochrome. Hehe!
Home Home 8 years
That's a great point, katedavis.
dkaufmann125 dkaufmann125 8 years
ooh love it pretty pretty but what happens when you want to change the curtains?
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I think it looks cool, but I would feel so restricted in terms of decorating. I love finding all sorts of pieces and incorporating them into an interior, and if I had to stick to one color I would be frustrated that I couldn't use things I loved.
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