If you love a clean, chic and peaceful look in a room you may be considering a monochromatic color scheme.
When you create a monochromatic color option the result is one that’s unified, cohesive and it can be very elegant as well. Going monochromatic is also fairly easy and you can pull together a look that’s fresh and simple, while also looking extraordinarily sophisticated.
Despite the upside of going monochromatic, there are downsides as well. Namely, it can turn from simple and elegant to boring and lacking in dimension pretty quickly.
In order to master monochromatic without being monotonous, consider these tips:
Experiment with Varying Hues of the Same Color
Hue is the technical term for the intensity of a color. So, even if you’re using gray or purple as your primary color in a monochromatic room that doesn’t mean you can use different hues throughout. It will keep the eye from becoming bored and it will add some visual variety.
In the picture above, even though gray is the primary color in the room, you can see how the hues range from very soft and light versions of the color, up to dark, rich and dramatic hues. There’s so much variance that you hardly realize the room is monochromatic at first glance.
When you opt to go monochromatic, one of the best ways to keep the space from looking boring is through the use of texture, from fur, to deeply woven rugs.
Play with Pattern
Similarly to utilizing texture, incorporating pattern is another way to spice up the visuals of a monochromatic room.
When you’re using a monochromatic color palette, the accessories can really take center stage. Don’t be afraid to add small pops of color in the form of your accessories—and naturally inspired elements often make a great addition to the soft, minimalistic backdrop of a monochromatic room.
Here’s a few more monochromatic designs that get it right…