Decorating monochromatically is not as hard as it may seem. For one thing there is only one color to deal with, so that eliminates coordinating other colors. A monochromatic space should be used in a sophisticated space rather than a space designed for children.
It is a common misconception that monochromatic means decorating with all white or all cream. Monochromatic means one color and decorating in this manner means using varying shades and tints of that color. For example, red could be the chosen color and you would complete the look by incorporating different shades and tints of red from dark red to pink.
A monochromatic space can become boring very quickly if you are not careful. Make sure you have a very select few accents of colors. The accents should be small and understated. For instance if you are decorating a space and the monochromatic color choice is ivory, then add a plant with ivory blooms. The green in the stem and leaves will add a small amount of accent color. Select art in the chosen color, but make sure there are small amounts of other colors as well.
Layers are a must in order to successfully pull off a monochromatic scheme. Accomplish this by using different textures in textiles and wall coverings. Without layers the scheme can quickly turn monotonous.
Don’t be afraid to use a powerful, bright color in monochromatic schemes. Play with the intensity of different shades of that color and take risks. Using understated tones of a dramatic color is how this look is pulled off successfully.