Interior Design – How to decorate with one color

Many clients come to me with the same issue and question.

What color should I use? Well, that all depends on how you want to live. Do you want a warm and cozy feeling? Or are you more into a sleek and sophisticated atmosphere? Either way, using a one color design plan can be at times easier than you think.

You’re not pairing multiple colors trying to make them work and make sense. With one color, or a variation of one color, you at times take the guesswork out of the equation. Designing with one color doesn’t have to be boring either. It can actually be quite stunning and beautiful and very welcoming.

The key to making this concept work is simple; color, pattern and texture. Keeping these three things in mind will help guide your design project. Fabrics with life will add depth and movement. They will help create layers of visual interest for any space. However, not every fabric has to have texture, but you’ll want to layer those fabrics with ones that are textured or patterned. Patterned fabrics can bring visual texture and are great for draperies, pillows and even wallpaper. Many times an area rug will give both visual and literal color, pattern and texture to any space. Just remember to use various shades. This will enhance your palette and help create a beautifully cohesive design scheme.

Beyond just using fabrics to create your look, don’t forget about accessories. So many times this part of the plan allows us to bring in items that pop. Woven baskets, 3-D art, lamps, frames, throws, and other items used in the same color scheme can really take the space to new heights in terms of design. They can take the space from mediocre to wow.

Most importantly, have fun designing your space. And if adding a splash of color is what will complete your room, then have fun with that, too.


Christopher Porikos
Author: Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts.