COLOR THEORY

This season, we are all about a monochromatic room, thanks to the serene setting of Chanel’s Resort 22 collection.

By: Giuseppa Nadrowksi

For her Resort 22 collection, Chanel’s Virginie Viard chose a stunning backdrop to showcase her designs — the white limestone caves of Les Baux-de-Provence, France, today known as the Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light). Once a limestone quarry, the striking space has hosted art exhibitions and multimedia light displays since the 1970s. The quarry is carved into the side of a mountain and features high walls all in that beautiful chalky-white limestone hue.

It was also the setting of Testament of Orpheus, a 1960s film by Jean Cocteau — a close friend of Gabrielle Chanel, who designed the movie’s wardrobe. Throughout a series of caves left over from centuries of excavations (the quarry closed in the 1930s and was left abandoned for decades), Viard staged her collection — an assortment of graphic black-and-white palettes of punk and mod influences that seemed to pop against the crisp stone walls. You can see some of our favorite picks from the collection below. The setting was one that has unintentionally inspired our decor this season — particularly the hues of the limestone walls: sandy, soft, serene. This subtle shade has us wanting to outfit an entire room in the stunning color for a space both sleek and soothing. For many, opting for a room in one color is daunting, but the look has never been more sought after and modern — especially when the hue is a neutral shade like limestone.

The key when designing a monochromatic room is to use items in varying shades of the color. You’ll also want to add in contrasting textures for visual interest, as well as objects with interesting shapes and lines. If you are just as in awe by the Carrières de Lumières as we are, check out the below, as we’ve sourced decor items in hues inspired by its brilliant, historic walls.

Shop some of our must-have decor items below

Tableau Hand-Knotted Wool Rug

from $3,225
RH

Cassel Leather Chair

$1,496
RH

Zoe Alabaster Table Lamp

$349
Pottery Barn

Leandro Writing Desk

$3,799
Arhaus

Reclaimed Railroad Ties Mirror

$933
RH

Artisan Hand Painted Terra Cotta Planter

$49.50
Pottery Barn

Lotus Marble Plate

$249
Arhaus

Bag

Price Upon Request
Chanel

Earring

$550
Chanel

Ballet Flat

$1,000
Chanel

Earrings

$2,050
Chanel

Bag

Price Upon Request
Chanel

Necklace

$1,025
Chanel