Creating a Monochromatic Color Scheme

Monochromatic Color Scheme

Fifteen Hundred Choices and Counting…

Does the thought of having to choose which colors to use on your next home improvement project make you a little uncomfortable?

If you have ever ventured into a paint store and looked around at the extensive collection of colors available to you (some manufacturers provide over 1,500 colors to choose from) you may have come out feeling like a “deer caught in the headlights” from the overwhelming selection of choices presented to you.

But have no fear because while color is arguable one of the most exciting and versatile tools the home remodeler has at their disposal remember you don’t have to use them all. In fact you can use just one colour to transform your boring bathroom into a decorator’s gem and I’m going to prove it.

The Power of One

A monochromatic scheme involves the use of only one basic color with its many values and intensities. Throw aside your apprehension and take heart that through the proper use of just one color, you can transform your bathing space into a very pleasant and inviting room.

The secret to this technique is a well-balanced blend of color and contrast to set the mood. In other words, combing hue (the name of the color) with value (the lightness or darkness of a color) you can achieve a rich and vibrant room without overwhelming the viewer with too many sensory distractions.

Your understanding of value is very important in developing a plan to make this all work.

Avoiding Monotony

But won’t just using one color be really dull and uninteresting you ask?

Only if you don’t have enough contrast. However likewise you don’t want too much light against dark values because this can be quite jarring to the viewer as well as an overabundance of light against light because this will not create enough contrast and your bathroom will appear too monotonous.

The trick is to play with the intensity of your chosen color with the value of your bath floors, walls, ceilings, furniture and accessories until you come up with a visually balanced display. Ok now that you understand the basics lets put this information to use…

From Theory to Application

Let’s say for example that green is the main color you have chosen. The vanity is a muted medium green; the walls are a very pale green and the tiles a lighter value of green than the vanity.

This is a very simple color scheme to develop and one way to keep this monochromatic scheme from becoming monotonous is through the use of a diversity of patterns, shapes, textures and accessories integrated into your décor.

Keep the Value Scale in Mind

We have all seen a grey value scale where the strip goes from white through various intensities of gray all the way to black. When working with one color you want to keep this in mind, for example by adding white to your chosen color you can create various tints and by adding black to the same pure color you create different incremental shades.

Every room needs some value contrast to make it interesting. But avoid extremely sharp contrast unless you want to create a very dramatic effect remembering that you have to look at this every day when you use the facility.

Add Variety

Another way to add variety and interest to your bath is through the introduction of neutral blacks, whites, beiges and grays. These neutral colors can be used as backgrounds or they can be used to separate the various values and intensities of color in the room.

For example you can use white beading to set off the light green walls and medium green vanity. To achieve unity, the white should be echoed elsewhere in the room such as in trim, lamps accessories or the fixtures such as the toilet or tub.

Simple Proven Method

Color is often the single most important factor in creating the mood of your bathroom unfortunately it’s often one of the most confusing design elements that homeowners fear to tackle but it doesn’t have to be.

All you have to do is choose one color to get the ball rolling. Imagine a simple hue like orange: peach tones (orange tints) with warm browns (orange shades) and neutral beiges can all be used in your monochromatic scheme to create a pleasant, restful bathing space.

Remember the formula = one color + neutrals such as black, white and greys add up to a simple proven method to creating the perfect color scheme for your bath.

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