May 19, 2022 | Carpet One Floor & Home
Creating a monochromatic color scheme in your home is a great way to ensure a more cohesive design style. Even though monochromatic color schemes are trending amongst amateur and professional interior designers, there are still some misconceptions when it comes to creating this color scheme in your space.
The word monochrome literally means “one color”, which can cause some confusion when it comes to monochrome color schemes in design.
In interior design, monochromatic style can be split into four different categories:
These four-color variations are the key to creating a dynamic monochromatic color scheme, rather than a single hue room which can make your space feel stiff or visually boring. To avoid a flat, single-color space that leaves you feeling overwhelmed, we’ve broken down the process of creating a dimensional monochromatic color scheme into two easy steps.
Design by WILLIAM MACDONALD Photography by STEPHANI BUCHMAN
The most crucial part of establishing a monochromatic color scheme is choosing your base color. The most popular base colors are typically neutrals, as they are the easiest to match and can make your space appear larger. Of course, that’s not to say that a brighter hue is impossible to use as a base. One of the best things about creating a monochromatic color scheme is that it can be applied to virtually any design style or aesthetic, so if your taste runs more towards the colorful side, don’t be afraid to bring that into your space.
Before deciding on your color scheme, it’s important to consider the elements that are already in the space that you don’t intend to change. Do you have warm-toned hardwood floors? Consider choosing a warm beige or another neutral tone as your base. Or maybe you have a grey bed frame you plan to keep – consider building your color scheme around it for a more cohesive design.
Design by SARA BEDERMAN Photography by MIKE CHAJECKI
Once you consider the elements that you plan to keep in your space and use them to choose your base color, it’s time to find the various shades, tones, and tints that will help you bring your monochromatic color scheme to life. The easiest way to identify those colors is by going through each of the color variation categories with your base color in mind. These categories are:
2. Use Textures and Patterns to Create Dimension
Design by CATHERINE LUCIE-HORBER
While establishing your color scheme is certainly the most important part of creating a monochrome color palette, ensuring that your space has dimension and is visually interesting is also crucial. To avoid a flat-feeling room, be sure to utilize the different shades, tones, and tints associated with your base color. While incorporating your color scale, consider using different patterns, textures, and prints to help you create an even more visually dynamic design.
Design by EVELYN ESHUN
There are several ways to introduce patterns, textures, and prints to your space. How you utilize these options will depend upon your personal taste and your chosen color scheme, but some ways to incorporate pattern and texture are:
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