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How to: Colour drenching

For many, the days of abiding decorating rules passed on for generations, such as "woodwork and ceilings must always be white" are long gone. Colour drenching, is a design trend where you paint the whole room the same colour and certainly takes things to another level.


Colour drenching is an exciting technique that involves using a single colour or a palette of shades to saturate a room. Also known as "monochromatic design," it revolves around using a single colour as the dominant hue throughout a room. It goes beyond just painting the walls; it extends to furniture, accessories, textiles, and even architectural elements like doors and trim. The goal is to create a harmonious and immersive environment where the chosen colour or palette envelops the entire space, evoking a sense of cohesion and balance.

If this trend already piques your interest, read on to discover how to incorporate colour drenching in your home.

1. Choose Your Colour Palette

Start by selecting the primary colour or palette you want to use. Consider the mood you want to convey and the existing elements in your space, such as flooring and fixtures.

2. Layer with Various Shades

To avoid a flat or one-dimensional look, incorporate various shades of your chosen colour. This adds depth and interest to the design.

3. Furniture and Accessories

Invest in furniture, upholstery, and accessories that match your colour scheme. This can include sofas, chairs, rugs, curtains, cushions, and even artwork.

4. Architectural Elements

Don't stop at the walls and furnishings. Consider painting doors, trim, and ceilings in your chosen colour or coordinating shades to maintain a cohesive look.


5. Balance with Neutrals

While colour drenching is all about embracing a single colour, you can balance the intensity with neutral tones like white, grey, or beige. These neutrals can act as a backdrop and prevent the space from feeling overwhelming.

6. Experiment with Textures

Incorporate a variety of textures to add depth and tactile interest to the room. Think about matte and glossy finishes, textured fabrics, and materials like wood, glass, and metal.


7. Test with Temporary Solutions

If you're unsure about committing to a single colour, start with temporary solutions like removable wallpaper, colourful furniture covers, or decorative accessories. This allows you to experiment before making a permanent change.

Image: Sketch, London.

Colour drenching is a daring and immersive interior design trend that can transform your living spaces into visually stunning and emotionally evocative environments. By carefully selecting your colour palette, layering shades, and balancing with neutrals, you can create a space that reflects your personality and style while making a bold statement. So, if this sounds like a bit of you, dive into the world of colour drenching and let your home be a canvas of creativity and self-expression.

If you want to find out more about colour drenching in your home, please contact hello@thorpepeony.com

We look forward to hearing from you.
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