Monochromatic Rooms Need Texture

grey sectional sofa with fuzzy couch throw

How do you make a monochromatic design more appealing?

Monochromatic – from the Latin for “one color” – is a timeless look that’s easy to pull off, especially for those who are challenged by interior decoration. Pick a color, any color, and use various tints (white added to the color), tones (gray added to the color), or shades (black added to the color) throughout the room. This includes the walls, furniture, window treatments, lighting, flooring, art and accessories.

The trick to add pizzazz to a monochromatic room rests in the use of texture. Usually associated with the tactile feel of a surface, texture can also pertain to the look or the consistency of an element. Here are some examples, from ceiling to floor, that you could incorporate in your dining room to make it more appealing:

  • ceiling medallion or molding like a lattice or coffered ceiling
  • dental crown molding 
  • textured paint on walls or grass wallpaper
  • light fixture of metal, crystals, seeded glass, or wooden beads or having a linen shade
  • quilted or macramé wall hanging
  • beaded trim detail on art frame
  • beveled or mosaic framed mirror
  • decorative trim or lace on window treatments 
  • tile top or wood inlay on dining room table
  • a nubby fabric table runner
  • a floral arrangement containing twigs, peacock feathers, or pussy willows
  • leather or woven placemats
  • hammered metal charger plate or flatware 
  • metal or acrylic legs on dining table
  • rattan or upholstered dining chairs
  • an area rug with a shag or sculptured top and/or fringe on edges

As you roam the aisles of your favorite home stores, you’ll now be looking anew at texture – the often-forgotten design element used with any interior design style.

With many satisfied clients since 2008, Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering decorating services at reasonable rates. If you want to suggest a blog topic or have a decorating, downsizing/decluttering or home staging project needing professional help or are interested in hosting a workshop or quilt show, please contact her via her website or phone 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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