Splendid Single-purpose Rooms and the Joy of Bold Monochromatics

Fashion and art have inspired the interiors product market for years, but while their inspiration is still important, the growing market for bright, monochromatic bursts of colour is more related to trends emerging from COVID-19 quarantine and how its altering the way we feel about our home décor. We look at a few evolving home design options during lockdown, and the veer towards cheery swathes of color. Plus we recommend a trio of hand-knotted rugs that will add color and joy to your rooms.


Boundaries, Zones, and Moveable “Walls”

Our homes are often open-plan, a feature under scrutiny during lockdown when multiple family members work, play, cook, clean, and relax at the same time in the same area. One New Jersey office furniture company made a quick quarantine pivot and shifted production to moveable folding screens to partition office space, while for domestic space, numerous websites describe quick fixes to segregate space and create temporary boundaries; ideas mainly based around moveable bookcase “walls”, folding screens, and tall, bushy plants. These ideas are a vertical evolution of the horizontal “zoning” concept we’ve promoted for some time now where different rug sizes and designs rugs will zone open space into subliminal zones for different activities. Now more than ever, rug zones are a quick fix while you decide how to divide rooms vertically.


Near-future Solutions: single-purpose rooms

Housebuilders are reacting to COVID-19 with ideas for more permanent fixes in new homes. Pundits predict that bigger bedrooms will no longer be the norm, but instead smaller bedrooms dedicated to achieving restful sleep will become the preferred choice. The “extra” space that once created huge bedrooms will be carved into single-purpose rooms: dedicated spaces for specific activities like yoga. Even the dining room is set to make a comeback as a place to eat while retaining some of its current lockdown multi-purpose use. Noise buffers – such as rugs for floors and walls – will become necessities. Well-being and peaceful, purposeful, intentional “isolation” are near-future objectives for the home.


Monochromatic Bursts of Color – the inspiration

The crisis of quarantine has shifted our ideas of space as described above, but the lockdown has also created opportunities for creativity. Zoom calls require color and an awareness of how our faces and our rooms look during calls. Poor lighting, odd camera angles, and matte make-up are all to be avoided. Screen dilemmas coupled with mandatory face masks have resulted in color cross-over: make-up to frame the face now influences interior décor. Bright bursts of monochromatic rainbow colours are the eye makeup of choice for many on Zoom, TikTok, SM, and IRL where eye color takes attention away from face masks. Yes, this may be a trend of younger demographics, but: it’s no coincidence bright monochromatic colors are infiltrating our homes.


Bright, monochromatic colors in the home also create a sense of refuge, escape and nostalgia for the colors we enjoyed as children. And back to those Zoom calls: not everyone wants to have a bookcase on view behind them when national media and bloggers take screengrabs and publicly critique the book choices. Far better to create a bright monochromatic color wall behind you with one or two well-considered features. Why not hang a lightweight hand-knotted tribal flatweave rug and park a green, leafy potted plant next to it? The look will be striking and bold without attracting unnecessary analysis.


Color Block single-purpose Rooms

New-York-based interior designers Brockschmidt & Coleman see the division of homes into more rooms as a welcome opportunity for monochromatic bursts of color, and refer back to the early days of interior design when homes might have a “a blue room and a green room and a yellow room”. The idea of monochromatic rooms, they say, are not only a fun way to inject individuality throughout a home but it creates variety and allows the multiple occupants, whether children or adults, to “claim” their color and have a room of their own.


Three of Our Favorite Monochromatic Rugs


When choosing a monochromatic scheme remember that a single color doesn’t need to mean a single hue. Our round Peshawar hand-knotted wool rug with happy flower field is largely monochromatic – red – but it includes shades directly adjacent to red on the color wheel, analogous shades a bit further away, and tetradic colors at four points along the color wheel.

Colorful Round Peshawar Natural Wool Hand Knotted Oriental Rug

SKU : 275355

Exact Size: 3’9″ x 3’9″



If you fancy following the monochromatic room color idea of Brockschmidt & Coleman, why not mix it up a bit and choose a split complementary color rug? Pair a yellow room with our reversible hand woven sky blue flat weave kilim to create a pleasing and uplifting color palette.

Sky Blue Hand Woven Reversible Flat Weave Kilim Rug

SKU : 131965

Exact Size: 5’4″ x 7’3″



The popularity of yellow is on an upswing, maybe a result of Rihanna’s massive omelette yellow gown she wore at the 2015 Met Museum Gala, but more likely a result of lockdown increasing people’s desire for sunny, happy colors in the home. No color lifts moods better than yellow. Our vintage yellow Bakhtiari hand-knotted rug with repeating flower design is just the ticket for a Repetitive flower

Yellow Vintage Persian Bakhtiari Repetitive flower Design Pure Wool Knotted Oriental Rug

SKU : 248735

Exact Size: 4’10” x 8’0″

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