One - Color (Monochromatic) Decor for Tranquility in Your Home

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Are you unsure of what colors work well together?

Overwhelmed with too many choices?

Then take the guesswork out and create a single color décor, known as a monochromatic scheme.


This eliminates the struggle of color juggling.

Instead of worrying about too many choices, stay focused on your favorite ONE color!


Instantly, you'll create harmony and simplicity that is restful for your eyes and relaxing for your peace of mind. A single color décor can create an effect that is as stylish as it is elegant, and as powerful as it is personal.


Monochromatic color schemes in interior design and art use a single base color for the room, then incorporate different shades, tints and tones of the main hue or color. This creates a very bold, dramatic look while still being quite easy on your eye, and decision making process.


Begin by picking a base color. Then add lighter and darker variations of that color. These variations may be used on accent walls, or trim work, or in accessories or accents within the room, or like in the art above.


Getting nervous as to which color to pick?

Here's help: 6 Tips for One - Color (Monochromatic) in Home Decor and Art


Tip #1: Begin with a small room.


Tip #2: Start with a simple color scheme: Neutrals.

It can be as easy as one color, like white in the photo below.


Tip # 3 for monochromatic: Try a bit of contrast.

For grins, add one darker contrast, like the art above contrasting against the white.


This one - color background creates a minimalist style that allows objects within the room to take precedence. Notice how it highlights the art, allows it to be scene. This can be done with antiques, family treasures, whatever is personal to you!


But wait. Is it too much contrast for you? If so, tone it down. Try the next tip.


Tip # 4: Add tones and tints of the one - color.

Relax. There's no need to worry about colors clashing or matching.

Stay with your one color choice, and then add contrast of lighter and darker values.

This keeps a sense of harmony, but with less impact than Tip# 3.


Tip # 5: Add Texture to Liven Up Monochromatic

One - color doesn’t have to be dull. Jazz up your senses with texture.

Mixing fabrics, patterns, shapes and surfaces.


Original oil by Lisa Lancaster, Jenison, Michigan
TEXTURE: smooth metal chair, nubby seat cushion, Italian frame, original oil by Lisa Lancaster

Don’t forget organic elements like driftwood, plants like bamboo to enhance a space and bring it to life.


Original acrylic by Irene Gates, Douglas, Michigan
TEXTURE: Raw rough wood coat rack. Smooth metal and maple chair with pattern fabric. Original acrylic by Irene Gates

Likewise, you can employ metallic surfaces, mirrors, mercury glass, and basketry items to get the balanced look you desire. There is, in fact, an endless supply of items and accent pieces that, when placed just right, will set off a room beautifully within a monochromatic color scheme.

Texture can be a fun, lively atmosphere that engages multiple senses.


Tip #6: Go bold! Use an intense base color

Leave the neutrals behind. Pick a vivid single color can make a strong, dynamic impression, especially with an unusual color.


Trying to decide which color?

If you love one color, you wear one color, and your car is always the same color ... then you'll love THAT one - color in your home!


Are you still not certain about which color, click below for some help, along with the effects of each of these colors:

BLUE ... YELLOW ... RED ... ORANGE ... VIOLET ... still not sure, go safe with NEUTRALS


Monochromatic is a way to produce a space or, a piece of art, that truly expresses the uniqueness of who you are!


Make a big statement with One - Color (Monochromatic) Decor and Art!

Related article: The Importance of Texture in Your Home and Art