Dipping Our Toes Into the Color Palette Water

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

For those of you who have been around for a while, you may remember I started a Color Theory series back in November 2019. I did an intro post and then a post talking about an achromatic color scheme (aka neutral color palette). And that was it.

Well, I'm back at it, folks. We've got plenty of ground to cover! The next step up from an achromatic/neutral color scheme is monochromatic.

In a nutshell, monochromatic means one color. Now, I know what you must be thinking, "but Angela, isn't that, well, boring?" In short, yes, it can be if you only use one shade of that color throughout the whole room. Here are some tips for making your monochromatic room marvelous!

1) Remember pattern, texture, and shine.

Yes, the same rules for an achromatic color scheme will naturally apply to a monochromatic color palette. You want to make sure you have some variety when it comes to bringing in different patterns, different textures, and different metals. I've incorporated lots of pattern, texture, and shine into my own monochromatic bedroom.

Let's look at this picture with my adorable photobomber and Chief Doggie Officer, Gypsy.

You can see there's a paisley pattern in the back pillows and another pattern in the throw pillows. There's also different textures woven into the throw pillows.

This leads me to my next tip.

2) Spice things up with different shades of your color of choice.

As you can see in the example picture, there's a pale blue on the walls, a medium blue in the damask pillows in the back, and both a light and a dark denim blue woven into the pillows. You can truly have a lot of fun incorporating lots of different shades of just one color! 3) Add additional variety with the neutrals you bring into the space.

From this picture, you can see the white bedspread and white headboard.

If we look closely at one of the end tables...

You can also see that it brings in a light wood tone, and black in the metal base. On the table, you have silver metal in the lamp, black and white in the books, and a creamy white in the plant pot.

There you have it. Some quick tips for dipping your toes into the world of color and coming out the other side with a beautiful (and not boring) room. What's your favorite color to use in your own home? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time... Happy Designing! - Angela :)

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