Choosing a Monochromatic Color Scheme

When it comes to buying a new home or redecorating your current home, painting is usually the first thing that comes to mind. You want your walls to make a statement without making too loud of a statement. Painting is the best do it yourself project and you do not need to spend a mass amount of money hiring painters to do the job for you. Choosing the right colors for your home, however, can be quite a bit overwhelming. Not knowing which colors clash or which colors compliment each other is where choosing a paint scheme gets tough.

When choosing a new paint color for your home’s walls, you will want to look for inspiration in an object you love that is going in the room you are painting. This item can be a chair, sofa, curtains, or a work of art. This item will become the centerpiece for your new color scheme. If your chosen item has more than one color within it then just choose your favorite color out of all of them.

If you are looking to redecorate your home in a modern, yet fool proof and sophisticated way, you may want to go with a monochromatic color scheme. This color scheme is made up of one color in varying shades. You will want to choose a color that compliments your centerpiece, but does not match the color exactly. You will not want to match your red chair to red walls, as that will bring confusion and will not be very attractive. After you have chosen your main color for your walls, you will want to choose colors in the same hue to paint your trim and accent walls. These three colors should be in dark, medium, and light shades.

Deciding what color will go where is the next step in the monochromatic painting process. If your centerpiece is dark in color, you will want to choose the lighter or medium color for the main and accent walls or if the centerpiece is lighter, you will want to choose the dark or medium colors for the main and accent walls. Next is throwing pops of color into the room you are decorating. The best way to do this is to decorate with accent pieces, such as darker or lighter end tables, throw pillows, and decorative vases. Choosing colors for your accent pieces that are contrasting in color such as white, gray, and black will give the room you are redecorating depth and variety.

The most important thing to remember when painting a monochromatic scheme in your house is to not be too boring with items. If you choose gray for your centerpiece, choose a brighter hue like yellow or purple for your paint colors. If you choose a bright blue centerpiece, you will not want to choose black for your accent or main walls. Try more neutral browns, or very light blues that compliment your piece. Lastly, remember to have fun with it! Painting and redecorating does not have to feel like a chore, especially when you are centering the whole room around a piece that you love.

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