Monochromatic Colour Scheme in Decorating

Many people think that decorating only using one colour can be quite boring. The truth is it doesn’t have to be: By using different shades of the same colour, or using that colour as an accent throughout a room; you can make quite the inspirational space.

We recently got the loft in our Warwick home converted from an untidy storage space into a bedroom, and decided to decorate it monochromatically. Monochromatic colour scheme is the use of one main colour throughout a space when decorating. A single colour is used on just about every surface of the room. When designing a room with this colour scheme, paler tints and various darker shades of the main colour can be included. The prominent shade may also be paired with white or a neutral shade. This will create a space that does not appear too matched. We went with a lovely white bed from Bed Market as the centrepiece of the room.

Limitation of colours to draw from, may cause a challenge when a monochromatic colour scheme is used to design an interior. Creating focal points and visual interest can be a difficult task when all the colours of the space are centred on one colour family. It is important to be comfortable and confident with your colour choice, as everything in the room will be some shade of this colour. Contrast can be added to a room by using a variation of shades in the palette. Lighter shades are more subtle and should move progressively into a darker shade. The use of an accent colour will add movement and interest to the room.

The key to a colour scheme that uses only one single colour is the inclusion of variety: Adding textures to the room will break up the monotony, while use of patterns will create focal points and provide the eye with visual interest. Using these elements will add diversity and depth to the room. This can be accomplished through patterned or textured area rugs, upholstery and draperies. Saturation of colour can create an eye pleasing design that is not overwhelmed by the use of one colour. These styled rooms can portray a dramatic and sophisticated look to your home. This design is most often used in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms.

A trip to the paint store can be beneficial, when trying to determine different shades of the same colour family. Looking at colour swatches can offer inspiration for contrast. Linking a monochromatic colour scheme to adjoining rooms, can easily be achieved by continuing the prominent shade in the adjoining space, while introducing another colour or two.

A black and white room will benefit from bright coloured cushions, like yellow or bright red. Brown and beige base colours will accept splshes of green, orange or yellow. These brightly coloured accents can be changed from time to time: completely changing the tone of the space without the need to fully redecorate.


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