Interior Design Trend Alert: Monochromatic Houses

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Monochromatic House

Having an eye for design might come naturally for some people. But sometimes, we need a little help to make a room look beautiful. And there is nothing wrong with getting a little help once in a while. If you are stuck, why not try a monochromatic house theme?

What is a Monochromatic Color Scheme?

Monochromatic means using one colour with different variations of the same colour. For instance, if your favourite colour is green, and add black to it, you will achieve a darker shade of the green. When you add white, the shade becomes a lighter green.


When coming up with a monochromatic colour scheme, there are certain words that are used and you might be wondering what they mean.   

Hue: This is the actual colour you want to use.

Tint: This is a lighter version of the colour once you add white to the original colour.

Shade: Shade is a darker version of the colour after adding black.

Why Design a Monochromatic House? 

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This type of colour scheme brings harmony and togetherness to the design of your house. When you enter a room, your brain tries to make sense of what is in it by looking for context in the patterns, colours and textures in the room. The faster you make sense of the room, the easier it is to find it appealing to the eye.  

Picking Colors

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The first step is to decide on a hue. It is always good to start with 3 colours which come from the same family. Pick a shade which will determine your overall design. Then pick a lighter and darker colour than the base one. The easiest way to do this is by getting a paint chart with different colours to help you visualize.

Adding Textures and Patterns

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Too much of something can be monotonous even when you want to achieve cohesion. Having the same design in the entire house will give it a boring look. Add textures and patterns to give it an exciting look. Look for the ones which blend well with the colours you have previously selected.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

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Now comes the fun part: adding accessories. Once you have settled on colours, don’t be afraid to add pieces that will compliment your house. The accessories don’t necessarily have to stick to the colour theme, but you can switch things up by adding different colours to make your house bright and colourful.

Designing your home in a loving way can be a lot of work but it pays off at the end. Have you tried achieving a monochromatic colour scheme in your house? Share your ideas with us in the comment section below.

Nathan Jeffery