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How to nail the monochromatic look like a pro

ELLE DECOR logo ELLE DECOR 2018-03-08 Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

There's a lot to consider when choosing a colour scheme for your home. Will it look good? Will it? Are you going to hate it? Are professional going to hate it?

There are no guarantees in this crazy game, but one thing's for sure: Choosing a single colour is certainly easier than trying to pair two (or more) together.

The ease of employing a monochromatic colour scheme may explain why searches for the decorating style are up 115 percent in Pinterest's spring home.

Here's how designer nailed the monochromatic look in one Manhattan bedroom, and how you can, too.

1. Start with the carpet.

"I like to set the tone of the colour palette for a room with the carpet," Bikoff says. "You can deconstruct the colours in the carpet and spread them around the room."

a bed with white sheets: How To Nail The Monochromatic Look Like A Pro © Patrick Cline How To Nail The Monochromatic Look Like A Pro

2. Consider the mood.

Once you have selected your ground color - in this case, an African violet found in the carpet, pillows, vanity chair, and stools - you can build a palette upon that, she says, explaining how she brought in softer complimentary colors like lavender, grey, and white: "A deeper and brighter purple is a bold statement, especially for a bedroom, but when you enter the lavender color field you get a more tranquil, calming effect. Lavender and light purples have silvery and blue tones within them that are very soothing to the mind's eye."

a blue vase on a table: How To Nail The Monochromatic Look Like A Pro © Patrick Cline How To Nail The Monochromatic Look Like A Pro

3. Placement is key.

Bikoff suggests using the more calming, softer shades on large surfaces like the walls and the ceiling, and saving the brighter hues for smaller, more whimsical pieces that you want to stand out. The heart-shaped vanity chairs in this space are upholstered in the same purple cashmere fabric used on the chrome and brass stools. A white dresser and neutral white bedding break up the purple colours and give your eye a break. "However, the small purple accents at the border are key to blend all of these elements together," she adds.

4. Put your mirrors to work.

"A mirror works especially well with colours like purple that have blue tones in them because it almost gives off a moonlit glow," Bikoff says. "When you throw in mirrored pieces, all of these colours kind of blend together in a really sparkly and glamorous way."

a group of blue and white furniture: How To Nail The Monochromatic Look Like A Pro © Patrick Cline How To Nail The Monochromatic Look Like A Pro

5. Don't rule out any hue.

Bikoff, who is also a classically trained painter, believes every colour has a place. "I love all colour, and believe that there is a time and place and tone for each of them," she says. When in doubt, "revert to nature and see all of the different colours that look so beautiful together," she suggests.

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