Monochromatic colour schemes are next in this series on how to decorate with colour. Based on single hues, monochromatic colour schemes rely on tones shades and tints to create interest and differentiation. For a refresh on hues, tones, shades and tints head over here. Because they are easy to get right, monochromatic colour schemes are ideal for inexperienced decorators who want to create an impactful space.
Monochromatic Colour Scheme
Monochromatic colour schemes are schemes that are based on a single colour with tones, shades and tints used to create differentiation, interest and depth. By using light and dark versions of one colour a harmonious and relaxing feel can be achieved. Monochromatic colour schemes are a great way to make a design statement, and provide a strong sense of visual cohesion. They can act as an amazing backdrop when you want to make artwork the hero of the space as they really allow the art to become the feature.
Tips for creating a Monochromatic colour scheme
- Start by choosing your base colour, then choose one that is a lighter shade and one that is a darker shade. It can be helpful to use paint chip cards (the kind with multiple colours on one card) to choose your colours.
- Make sure to use a variety of textures in your furnishings. This is important in order to create contrast in the room which adds interest and stop the room from feeling boring.
- Pattern is also important to add visual interest. Items with an inverse pattern are a great way to add to a monochromatic colour scheme – eg. choosing a wallpaper and then using the inverse pattern in a fabric for a headboard.
- When adding accents and accessories try using natural materials such as wood, stone or metallics. These items don’t need to be the same colour as your scheme, but should be used in a cohesive way throughout your design eg. pick one metallic like gold and stick with it throughout your space. This will help create a story that makes sense to the eye.
- Plants are also an exception to the monochromatic colour palette and can be used to add texture and contrast.
- Whites can also be used when creating a monochromatic scheme with colour, it is especially good to use on the ceiling when walls are a strong colour as it helps to prevent a cave-like feel.
- Black, white and grey is one of the most popular and simple to achieve examples of a monochromatic colour scheme.
- Monochromatic colour schemes are great for small spaces as the use of variations of the same colour can make a room feel larger.
- Break the rules by adding an accent colour that has a strong contrast with the monochromatic scheme. This can add to the effectiveness of the scheme. Be careful to use this additional colour sparingly and with intention.
- Try starting small. Bathrooms or powder rooms are the ideal place to practice this look.
- A neutral monochromatic colour scheme is restful and can be a great way to create a beachy boho vibe. I’ll talk more about neutral colour schemes in my next post in this series.
For further reading this is a wonderful article.
Loving the end result of this monochromatic bedroom refresh