High-Contrast Walls Are Out — Here’s Why We Love the Cozy Monochrome Paint Trend

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Published on March 12, 2022

As designers, we definitely appreciate a good paint trend more than the average person. From our annual paint predictions to trending painted tile refreshes, we always pay attention to what’s new and interesting and worthy of a brush crush.

But considering the time and money that goes into repainting your home, we do appreciate a paint trend with some staying power (there’s a reason we always keep these neutral paint colors on standby). Don’t get us wrong — we’ll always appreciate an impressive TikTok wall mural, but we’re here to reveal a more immersive paint trend that works across spaces and styles.

Painting walls and trim same color

Meet Monochrome Paint

Enter monochrome paint. A catchall term for painting the walls, trim, and ceilings the same color, this tonal look is equal parts cool and timeless — we don’t see it fading away into obscurity in a few months. On the contrary, it’s been slowly gaining steam for a few years now and shows no signs of stopping.

Plus, the all-over paint look has a way of making your space feel both serene and seamless — it’s basically like being hugged by a room. Given our post-pandemic obsession with all things cozy, this look feels particularly topical. We think it works especially well in traditionally calming, serene spaces like bedrooms, bathrooms, and Reading Rooms.

Ahead, Havenly designer Melissa Wagner shares her pro tips for pulling off the immersive and cozy monochrome paint look, alongside all the inspo you need for painting walls and trim the same color.

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1. Go with a bold yet calming color

Painting walls and trim same color

By nature, this paint trend is bold — all-over color leans dramatic no matter how you slice it. So when selecting a hue for your monochrome paint look, make sure to consider atmosphere and mood — you’ll want to go with something that leans grounded and tranquil. By all means, embrace a saturated hue like navy (we’re fans of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy) or sage green, but always remember color psychology when swatching.

2. Add eye-catching woodwork

Painting walls and trim same color

This look can certainly still sing in a modern, trim-free space. But we do think that ornate moulding or texture-rich millwork keeps the trend from falling flat. If your space allows, consider adding some picture moulding, beadboard, or shiplap before painting for more textural drama.

3. Mix paint finishes

Painting walls and trim same color

To provide subtle visual variation, incorporate different paint finishes. We recommend going with a matte or eggshell finish on the walls and ceiling, and a semi-gloss for the trim and doors. This understated sheen will add a touch of dimension and visual interest.

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Words by Kelsey Clark