A Monochromatic Color Scheme
Picking the right colors for your home can be an overwhelming task. So, how do you begin? The perfect answer, design your room around a monochromatic color scheme.
The monochromatic color is the easiest palette to use, and the hardest to mess up. Monochromatic color is rooted in color theory and takes more than just picking a single color and designing everything around it. In this article, we’ll explore ways to help you better understand and effectively use monochromatic color in your home.
A. What is Monochromatic Color?
In the world of interior design, monochromatic does not mean one color. Instead, this color scheme approach relies on choosing one base color plus any number of variations of that base. Some purists argue that the initial base color must be one of the official primary, secondary, or tertiary colors.
B. Advantages of Monochromatic
Monochromatic color schemes have a number of benefits that make them worth considering in room decor or graphic design. Advantages of monotone color scheme include:
- A sense of simplicity and harmony in space.
- A single color can make a strong, bold impression.
- The design effort is simplified and color clashes are eliminated.
- It creates a minimalist style that allows objects within a room to take precedence.
C. Shades, Tints and Tones
As you research and study how to create your color scheme, you’ll need to have an understanding of several terms commonly used. Here are the definitions you need to know:
- Color (or Hue): Colors are what we refer to when we say “blue” or “orange.”
- 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.
- Shade: A shade is a color after black has been added.
- Tone: A tone is a color after gray has been added.
D. Break the Rules
Designers using monochromatic design outlines tend to fall in one of two camps: monochromatic purists and those who “break the rules” by adding one more color.
Consider a black and white color schemes. Whether they are monochromatic or not, you can benefit from the use of an element of color to create a contrast. While adding another color to a monotone color scheme is not truly monotonous, it can add that extra bit of contrast or element of surprise to help users navigate and use your design.
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