Amid very soft neutrals, the striking chandelier stands out.
Another neutral room, this one rich with pattern and texture and many shades of beige. So cozy and not boring at ALL.
Simple, pretty in whites, caramels, taupes, and golds. Shapes stand out.
Shades of blue are far from predictable with lots of pattern, large-scale art, and high contrast of dark woods and whites.
Lovely soft, rosy pinks. Plenty of white and dashes of gold make it sophisticated.
Tone on tone lets you play with pattern.
You can do monochromatic boldly too. Berry red is so great all over this room!
But I really prefer neutrals like the blue grays here. Thinking monochromatic often means you're going for soothing, and soft neutrals work so well for this look. Textures play on chairs and walls, patterns play on draperies and rug, and form and scale have fun on the chandelier. Subtle AND interesting. Tone-on-tone perfection.