Over the years it has become more acceptable for your home decor to call from many different styles and eras, and with the growing popularity of sites like The Selby, traditional homes have experienced a renaissance with the contemporary and modern set by pairing old with new. Painting all wall details the same color updates traditional moldings.
Architect Treff LaFleche says, "Blending the finish and color tends to emphasize the functional purpose of architectural trim and creates a more understated and contemporary composition."
In a room like this traditional Victorian, the classic detailing mixed with the monochromatic walls and contemporary furnishings creates a cohesive union. There is nothing distinctively antique or modern about this room collectively, yet the individual pieces that compile it are able reveal each of their distinct styles.
When all architectural elements have been treated equally, there is no longer a color differentiation to distract your eye. The true beauty of this column detail and texture can be more clearly appreciated and admired.
Using the room itself, as a monochromatic backdrop for decor allows you to paint darker. "It envelops you in color," says interior designer Garrison Hullinger. "With no separation between wall and ceiling, it is easier on the eye." Treff LaFleche also advocates using deep colors. "In the absence of contrast between trim and wall, the stronger colors appear lighter and softer."
Using dark colors on all surfaces can be surprisingly effective in smaller rooms. Although many people tend to steer away from dark colors when it comes to confined spaces, interior designer Terri Symington advises just the opposite for this trend. "I find it to be a real problem solver with rooms that are very small in size. By eliminating contrasts in color or shades on the ceiling and walls and trims it simplifies the room's lines and will de-emphasizes the room's smallness."
Furniture can also be painted to camouflage with the walls. The armoire in this pink bedroom is only visible because of its hardware and mirrored front.
The wood in the panel doors is much more pronounced.
Really want to create a monochromatic wall? Built-in cupboards and cabinets recede into the pale green background so that the pattern of the slate flooring is the only detail you really notice in this room.
Once you have created a seamless backdrop, furnishings no longer compete with your walls for attention. The simple arrangement of Eames chair, oversized mirror and banister detailing is much more striking and prominent.
Although I am preaching the removal of all contrasting trim, it still has a place within this trend. For this dining room, designer Allison Cosmos maintained the white crown molding with silver walls and a silver ceiling flanking it. A small accent of white along the trim maintains a continuity yet still allows the hint of silver in the framed art to advance into the foreground. "You are not distracted by the colors outside the palette, and you can focus on pulling the room together as a whole," notes Allison.
If you're not satisfied with only painting your walls the same color, go one step further. Once your redecorating rant reaches the bathroom, tile every surface you can sweep a trowel on.