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Monochrome Homes: Sexy or Sterile?

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There’s admittedly nothing new about monochrome décor, save for the fact that you no longer have to be a moody artist haunting the hallways of some low-slung glass-and-concrete affair in the Hollywood Hills to pull it off.

The real question is whether it deserves to be pulled off at all.

Monochrome Defined

Generally speaking, “monochrome” refers to the use of black and white gradients only, whether in a photo, a painting or a room’s décor. Technically, however, a monochrome color scheme can include shades of a single color paired with black and/or white.

Monochrome Art Like this.

Monochrome design has been around for hundreds of years, but arguably rose to prominence in the Paris art scene of the late 19th century. Gaining in popularity over time, expression in monochrome became a common theme in contemporary art throughout the 20th century and into the current age.

Monochrome Home Décor

Monochrome interior design schemes have a reputation for being contemporary in character, sometimes to a degree of being cold and futuristic. This is what happens when influential people in the design community spend millions outfitting their homes in chrome, glass and white alpaca rugs.

But, that doesn’t make it impossible to use monochrome in ways that are warmer and more inviting. Draping a room entirely in black and white might make you feel like you’re living in the middle of an inkblot test, but channeling a little Andy Warhol could add some spice to any décor space.

Monochrome Décor Ideas     

Black and white photography / art: Art is an easy way to bring monochrome accents into your home and blend it with existing décor without creating an overbearing impression of avant-garde sterility.

Rugs: Black-and-white or color-monochrome rugs are a great way to add balance to other colors in the room without being too distracting, because it’s on the floor and so won’t conflict with eye-level line-of-sight color schemes.

Furniture: Decorating with monochrome furniture is a solid commitment to the style. One piece may be deemed eclectic, but more than one and you pretty much have to go all the way.

Wallpaper: This is the zenith of monochrome décor. It doesn’t matter what else you put in the room; if you have monochrome wallpaper you’ve taken it as far as it can go.

ATGStores.com hopes these tips help you explore your more monochromatic side and invites you to vote your opinion on monochrome design schemes.

Accent monochrome tones with a chrome table clock like the "Tribeca" from Zodax.

The "Levon" accent chair from Signature Design by Ashley is an illustrative exercise in the use of monochromatic color gradients.

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