Monochromatic palette’s can be beautiful when done right, but when they are done poorly, they can be very boring. You often see very dramatic monochrome rooms, but a monochromatic palette can be light and balanced if you choose the right colours and offset them with white, black or grey.
To create a monochromatic palette, start by choosing your colour. You can create an exciting space by choosing a bold colour that is full of emotion, but these rooms can be hard to do well. Head to our article Colour your atmosphere to find inspiration on creating bold monochromatic rooms. The create a smoother and more calming room, choose a colour that reflects these emotions. If you’re styling a bedroom, blue is a very relaxing option that will feed into the practicality of the room.
Once you have selected your colour, you can start exploring different tones. Pick a variety of complementary tones that really speak to you. The benefit of monochrome is that most of the tones will blend together well, so you can really focus on choosing tones you like. Make sure you pick a variety of dark and light tones that can balance the space. Adding an accent colour, like red, can balance the mix of tones and shades in your room. Finish off your room with a black, white or grey base. We used to white to complement the relaxing atmosphere we are trying to make.