Monochromatic colour schemes have been consistently popular with designers and homeowners, alike. There’s a soothing and timeless quality to this decorating style, but it can lack personality. It does, however, provide a great base from which to work – and it’s always advisable to start with the basics.
Oprah says that your home should rise up to meet you. There’s nothing like walking into your environment after a long day and saying, “Ahhh — I’m home.”
Once you have that base, which often includes your larger pieces of furniture like your sofa, chairs, tables, etc., you’ll want to accessorize. This is the layer of decorating that can be changed and reconfigured on a whim. You can add, or take away, cushions, decorative pieces, curtains, area rugs and wall art.
Go back to another basic – the colour wheel. It will help you to determine which complementary colours will best augment your living space. Developed in the 18th century, the circle is an illustrative organization of colour hues and shows the relationships between primary, secondary and tertiary colours (a colour made by mixing either one primary color with one secondary colour, or two secondary colours, in a given colour space). With this in mind, you can play with umpteen shades of the same colour and balance it with its complementary colour, which is positioned completely opposite on the colour wheel, providing the strongest contrast.
Our visual system is easy to mislead. Optical illusions and how we perceive colour can vary under different lighting conditions.
Consider which colours work the best to augment the overall effect. These pops of colours should not only balance the rest of your decor, but they should complement your individual qualities as well. You can introduce subtle enhancements of colour in a carpet or curtains and then play up the theme with cushions and other decorative pieces.
When a room is pleasing to your eye, it affects your overall wellbeing. Make it count. And when, or if, you get tired of it – change it up.
Enza Tiberi-Checchia is the president of the multi award-winning Decorenza (decorenza.com) — a decor service provider to more than 20 new home builders across the GTA. She chairs the design/decor committee at BILD, sits on the board of directors at BILD and is on the board of directors of Hats On for Awareness, a no-profit organization she co-founded in her father’s memory.