The Surprising Magic of Color-Drenched Rooms


February 5, 2024

Last year I color drenched the cozy tv room a dark moody blue grey, and it’s been one of my favorite spaces to date. I remember when I first shared the concept of color-drenched rooms with some family and friends, I made heads turn (and not in a good way!). People thought I had officially lost it. I understood the concern – it’s a strange concept to wrap your head around if you’ve never seen it either virtually or in person.

Sources: Gold Leaf Light | Mirror | Candles | Brass Lamp

As I plot my next space to color drench, I thought I’d pause today to share more about the science of color drenching and why it works from a design perspective.

What are color-drenched rooms?

But first, what exactly is color drenching? Imagine taking one luscious color and painting your walls, ceiling, trim – all of it – the same color. It’s a monochromatic masterpiece, a color commitment that pays off in surprising and delightful ways.

Now, I know what you might be thinking: “Isn’t that a bit…much?” But trust me, color drenching isn’t just about making a statement (although it does that effortlessly!). It’s about unlocking hidden potential in your space and creating unique visual effects that will leave you saying “wow!” every time you step inside.

Sources: Brass Desk Lamp | Brass Bookends

Here are some of the amazing things color drenching can do:

  • Spacious Surprise: Believe it or not, drenching a room in the same color can actually make it feel bigger! The uninterrupted flow of color blurs the lines between walls and ceiling, creating an illusion of expansiveness.
  • Highlight architectural details: When everything wears the same color, architectural features like moldings and beams pop out, adding depth and character to your space.
  • Create a serene escape: Monochromatic palettes have a calming effect, perfect for bedrooms, nurseries, or meditation corners. Imagine a tranquil lavender haven or a soft, sage-green retreat.
  • Highlight Reel: Color drenching is a blank canvas and a calming backdrop that lets your furniture, artwork, and other design elements truly shine. It’s like hitting the spotlight on your favorite pieces! Play with textures, patterns, and furniture to add personality and avoid a flat look.
  • Drama on Demand: Want to create a bold, show-stopping space? Drenching in a dramatic color like charcoal gray or deep navy blue is your answer. It’s a guaranteed head-turner that exudes sophistication and elegance.
Sources: Gold Leaf Light | Candles | Record Player | Mirror

Ready to take the plunge? Here are some tips for color drenching success:

  • Consider the light: Natural light plays a big role. Choose lighter colors for north-facing rooms and richer colors for south-facing ones.
  • Sample, sample, sample: Don’t just rely on the paint chip! Paint large swatches on your walls to see how the color interacts with your lighting and furniture.
  • Think beyond paint: Don’t be afraid to extend the color onto curtains, rugs, or even furniture for a truly immersive experience.
  • Accessorize with intention: Since your walls will be taking center stage, keep your accessories minimal and impactful. Play with textures and materials to add depth and interest.
Sources: Gold Leaf Chandelier | White Cement Box | Capri Blue Candle | Pearl Jam Coffee Table Book | Trust Coffee Table Book | Brass Desk Lamp

So, are you ready to embrace the bold and beautiful world of color drenching? Remember, it’s all about experimentation and having fun! So grab your paintbrush, unleash your inner artist, and get ready to be amazed by the transformative power of color.

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