Monochromatic Bathroom


Do you know what a Monochromatic room is? Root of the word: Mono means one, chromatic relates to color. Therefore one color.


Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue.

Example of Monochromatic color
Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue, and extended using its shades, tones and tints (that is, a hue modified by the addition of black, gray (black + white) and white. As a result, the energy is more subtle and peaceful due to a lack of contrast of hue. Monochromatic color schemes may be considered boring unless there is diversity within the design.


After taking a few classes in Interior Design, 2D design and life drawing the possibilities are endless when you create a blank canvas. My most recent project was a bathroom that had Native American style wallpaper on all the walls. It must have been on the walls for centuries, there was mold seeping through the paper. Why anyone would wallpaper the walls in a bathroom was beyond me. Take the room in the house that is most susceptible to mold and place wallpaper on the walls, not very smart if you ask me. I'm sure someone will say, but its okay to wallpaper a bathroom, I don't really care. Its hard to remove, and even harder to treat potential mold problems breeding in your walls, I just don't like the idea of it. So the wallpaper had to go.

I have attempted the process of wallpaper removal in the past. It turned out horrid. The walls had over 7 layers of wallpaper and it was over my head. This time it was only one layer of wallpaper so I had to attack and accomplish this one with full force. I took a spray bottle, filled it with water and beyond saturated the walls. What I found out with the specific paper I was taking off is that it had what appeared to be 3 layers. The top layer that had the pattern, a water proof layer, and the paper part that was glued to the wall. I took off the paper in the layers to make the process go about smoother. One layer, two layer, and finally the third layer with a lot of hot water. Finally all of the wallpaper was removed.

Time to fill any nail holes and prime the room. I did my cut-in and rolled away, painted the bathroom cabinets and connected hallway closet too. After all the prep work was done I had to figure out what was best to put on the walls. The bathroom floor and bathroom tile was hideous. I needed to camouflage it. I wanted to put a nice beachy light blue in the room but being that the floor and tiles are a tan color the beach blue would only make the nasty that I was trying to hide away just stand out even more. So I went with a monochromatic color.

I ended up finding a $5 gallon mismatch paint color in tan that I was hesitant on. I wanted the room to look bigger but I also wanted to give it an updated look. I pondered on the tan color and gave it a try. I painted one wall, and then another. I decided in the midst of it I needed to paint the cabinets the same color as the wall if I wanted to floor to not stand out. This went beyond what I thought would look good, but I went with my gut feeling and I'm glad I did.

I used semi-gloss everywhere in the bathroom, bright White on the ceiling and trim, and Tan on the walls and cabinets. Making everything the same color did exactly what I wanted it to, it made nothing stand out. Nothing ugly stood out. Everything blended together, the ugly tiles, the ugly flooring. They didn't look so ugly, they just blended and the whole room was transformed.

I replaced the fixtures, lighting above the sink and new faucet in the sink. This whole bathroom remodel cost less then $70 dollars. My next step in this process in my favorite, staging and decorating.

Enjoy! 

Before, Wallpaper removal in progress. 
Wallpaper removed and primer on. 
A little taste of the flooring and tile I wanted to fade into the background. 
Flooring doesn't stand out in anymore. It simply blends in. 

New Faucet

Paint your switch plates to make a bigger wall, less broken up.

New light and faucet with painted switches and electric. 



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