Using a monochromatic color scheme to decorate your apartment is a great way to cut down on the amount of work it will take to paint and permit you to show off your creativity by using less variety in more interesting ways. With preparation and forethought, using variations of a single color is easy, fun and modern.
Obtain a Color Wheel
It may sound silly, but remember the color wheels used by kindergarten teachers? Since then, paint and home decorating stores have expanded the original wheel to include more variations. These new color wheels will generally show how light or dark a color can be made. Often, stores will provide these free of charge, but if there is a minimal charge it would be a wise investment.
After using the main color wheel to choose the base color to work from, ask the paint specialists at the store which brands and types of paint will work best for your walls. This determination will depend on the amount of space and traffic in the room, as well as other factors the paint experts will inquire into. Making this determination prior to looking at the specific variations will narrow your search.
Choose Your Color Wisely
Not all colors are created equal, and therefore not all colors are best suited for a monochromatic theme. When choosing your color, therefore, you must consider the size of the room, the color of your furniture, the amount of light and the surrounding spaces.
Colors that are particularly bright or dark at one end of a color wheel may not suit certain spaces. Rooms that receive a lot of natural light may become too bright with a lighter color, while rooms which have few to no windows and little sunlight may require a lighter color tot seem larger and less imposing. Similarly, smaller rooms will not look best with dark colors, dark furniture may not look well with very darkly painted walls and rooms that are very close together or have no division may make it more difficult to shift from light to dark.
Using Monochromatic Color
The key to using a monochromatic color scheme is to make sure that distinctions are visible but not glaring. This means that the color of the walls and furniture should be obviously of the same base color, but not so similar as to look as though everything is the exact same shade. They word to remember when using a monochromatic color scheme is “shade”. Play with the color, make it dark and light, but stay within the same feel of the décor.
Additionally, do not be afraid of using texture. If your color looks best when you do not use its extremes, do not be afraid to use multiple different textures to add depth. Fabrics often have subtle patterns within the same color, and there are painting techniques, such as using a sponge, that will enable you to create texture on the walls.
An option is to use a neutral base color and accent with its dark and light variations. The best example of this is to use a beige base for furniture and walls, but accent with dark and light brown vases, rugs and throw pillows. This scheme will also permit for easy redecorating if you wish to do so.
A monochromatic color scheme should never be used to create a room of a single color but to show the color off to its full beauty. By using texture and accent pieces you will be able to show the colors many facets and your creativity.