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What is a Monochromatic Color Scheme?

What is a Monochromatic Color Scheme?

Color is the single most important element of any interior space.  Thankfully, it can also be one of the easiest elements to change.  One simple way to use color is to decorate with a monochromatic color scheme.

The term “monochromatic” literally means “one color.”  A monochromatic color scheme, then, is one using only one color in varying shades.  The result is a sophisticated and simple ambiance, suitable for any room.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean a space will be boring.  Take this beach cottage kitchen (photo courtesy Landsted Companies), for example.  By using various shades of gray and white, the cottage has a fresh, clean look, but is definitely not bland.  Contrast in the colors (moving from very light to darker shades) along with contrast in textures makes the space interesting without an abundance of color.

Beach cottage kitchen and fireplace

This bedroom is serene and quiet in shades of linen (photo courtesy Landsted Companies):

Beach cottage master bedroom

This dining room (photo courtesy Hunter Douglas) show a more dramatic example of monochromatic design.  The earthy green tones blend seamlessly from drapery to wall creating a sophisticated space for entertaining.

monochromatic dining room

If you have trouble blending and coordinating colors in your home, give a monochromatic color scheme a try.  To get started, choose the hue you like best; use it along with lighter and darker versions of the same color for all the elements in the space – furniture, window treatments, wall color and flooring.  Be sure to use contrast in both shade and texture to create interest.

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2 Responses to What is a Monochromatic Color Scheme?

  1. […] panels are paired with light gray walls and flooring along with deep blue furniture for a nearly monochromatic space that is anything but […]

  2. […] white, cream, beige or lemon. Even your upholstery and furnishings can be of light color. Using a monochromatic color scheme keeps things flowing from room to room.  This will help spaces look larger than they actually are. […]

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