A monochromatic color scheme is one of the easiest decorating palettes to execute, yet it can also be one of the most difficult to get right. Done skillfully, a monochromatic room uses varying tints and shades of a single color to great effect, while mixing various textures to keep things interesting. Done wrong, monochrome might as well be monotonous – it’s a boring room with no variety or interest.
Two common misconceptions about decorating in a monochromatic palette are that it means only beige, or that it means using only one hue throughout a room without variation. Actually, any color can be used – pink, orange, blue, you name it – and while monochrome does mean one color, that doesn’t mean only one variation of that color.
Color is an amazing thing. Regardless of the décor or style of a bedroom, color alone has the capacity to increase the energy of an otherwise yawn-worthy room or bring a much-needed element of restfulness into an otherwise hectic one. In fact, color has been found to influence people’s thoughts and moods, which is why it is so important to choose the right color for the bedroom, particularly if you’re decorating it in a monochromatic (single color) way.
If you like to keep things simple, a monochromatic palette is a natural. And when it comes to choosing a serene color to work with, you can’t go wrong with blue. Look at how peaceful this blue and rather minimalist bedroom looks. The brighter blue of the chair and the green fern add just enough contrast to set off the soft blue tints through the rest of the space.
Pure, restful and elegant, white sets the pace for a glamorous, yet peaceful, bedroom. The heavily tufted beds, wooden floor, twisted ribbon pendant lights and the ornate mirror are all the texture and contrast this beautiful bedroom needs.
For example, a room might be decorated with navy, robin’s egg blue, palest sky blue, periwinkle and cadet blue, yet it’s still monochromatic because all are variations of blue. Nor does monochromatic mean every single surface of a room must be the same color – you can use white or other neutrals to back up your primary hue. In fact, the orange room shown here shows off quite a bit of white on the bed, but the vast majority of the room is colored in various shades of cheerful orange.