Monochromatic designs, or those decorated with shades of one main color, are a trending popularity. Layering shades of color with a common hue not only creates a stunning look; but also is relatively easy to do, even if you’re not a professional designer.
What is Monochromatic?
When you decorate with a monochromatic color scheme, you use the same hue throughout the elements in a room. From the floor to the furniture, wall paint color, artwork, and more. The shades of the main color can vary greatly, from a rug in the darkest of shade of the hue paired with paint or furniture in lighter shades.
What monochromatic is not:
The word monochromatic literally means one color. In decorating, it means that the color will be refined in a few ways to create a livable space. Neutral color schemes can also be monochromatic, with variations of a neutral color. The same goes along when it comes to brighter, bolder colors of your choice.
- Color (or Hue): Color is the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object.
- Value: The value of a color is simply the lightness or darkness of a color.
- Tint: A tint is a color after white has been added. (value of the color has been lightened with the addition of white.)
- Shade: A shade is a color after black has been added. (value of the color has been darkened with the addition of black.)
- Tone: A tone is a color after gray has been added. (value of the color has been muted with the addition of gray.)
Designing with a monochromatic color scheme:
- Create a stage for the architectural details, unique textures, organic elements and subtle touches of color in a space to stand out. Get started by looking to your floor: From the carpet, a wood floor, or a favorite rug, base the color palette on a dominant color found below and begin layering up. Use the color pulled from your floor on your walls, fabrics, and furnishings.
- Bolder colors such as blues, greens, and even violets are layered in a space using shades of the same hue. They also act as monochromatic colors if neutral colors aren’t what your style palette aims for as mentioned.