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Interior Style Trend: Monochromatic Colour Scheme

  • 17-09-2011

A look that is in all the interior design magazines at the moment is the monochromatic colour scheme and, don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. A monochromatic colour scheme simply uses variations in shade of a single colour to create a clean and elegant look.

Monochromatic colours go well together, producing a soothing effect, which is fantastic to come home to after a stressful day. The monochromatic scheme is very easy on the eyes, especially with blue or green hues and can be used to establish an overall mood. The main colour can be integrated with neutral colours such as black, white, or grey. One thing to be aware of is that it can be difficult when using this scheme to highlight the most important elements of your room. The space can also end up looking a bit boring and bland if you haven’t planned it properly.

So how do you do it? Firstly you have to choose your main colour. Personally I like beige for this colour scheme, but blues and greens also work well. Choose a soothing soft shade of your main colour and use this throughout, for example on the walls. If you are going to paint all the walls of a room with colour be careful to choose a light shade to avoid overkill, and to make sure you don’t close in the space by making it too dark. With this as your base colour, choose furniture in different shades. For example, if you have a beige colour scheme the obvious choice would be wooden furniture.

Monochromatic Colour Scheme

Small colour accents will add interest to the scheme

If you are using a blue, white or grey furniture would work well. Always remember neutrals – black, white, or grey – can be added to the main colour. Once you have your base you have to choose textiles, and additional items to finish the space that are different shades of the main colour. Make sure not to make everything ‘match’ – that is not the aim of this look – you want to use as many shades of the main colour as possible

Again, if you are using beige, the colours in your room can range from a dark brown to an almost off-white beige, in addition to neutral colours. An easy way of doing this is to get a few paint colour charts from a local hardware store and carry these with you when you’re shopping for items. To add interest to the space, you can add one or two pieces of a contrasting colour, but do this cautiously as you don’t want to ruin the overall scheme.

And that’s it! Remember to have fun with it, and make sure you always keep the overall mood in mind when choosing different colours/pieces for your room.



  • Yasemin Richie
  • 18-10-2011

Thanks - glad you liked it.

  • Style Theories
  • 16-10-2011

Beautiful! I love monochrome.

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