While the idea of a monochromatic room can be quite appealing, it is often very hard to execute. You might find that your space lacks variety and contrast, rendering it dull and uninteresting. Here are three trade secrets for creating a monochromatic room that is magazine-worthy.

Text by Paige Johnston, As Seen In Canadian Home Trends Magazine Winter 2014, Digital Exclusive

Vary Your Colour Shades

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For the finishes, furniture, and accent pieces that you choose, make sure to vary the shades of your chosen colour. This will not only work to add visual interest to the space, but will help, too, to make it feel larger. If you are painting your walls, pick a feature wall and paint it a dark shade within the palette you’re working with.

This bedroom, by LUX Design, has chosen gray as the colour for its monochromatic theme. Take a look at the varying shades of gray used. The headboard is the lightest gray, the bedspread a medium gray, and the wall behind it is painted a dramatic dark gray.

Bed and Side Table, Sunpan, www.sunpan.com; Bedside Lamp, Homesense,www.homesense.ca/en/index.asp; Designed by, LUX Design, www.luxdesign.ca; Photography by, Lisa Petrole

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