Become the one-colour expert – your guide to monochrome interiors

Have you ever heard of the term: ‘fade to black’? It’s when a screen slowly fades in colour until only jet back is visible. That’s exactly what monochrome colour schemes are. They start off with different shades, tints, and hues of a single colour and then fade to black. This particular style of implementing a colour scheme is usually very elegant and globally appreciated, so let’s take a look at how it can be done:


1. Create a gradient

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In terms of interior design, a gradient is basically an increase or decrease in the hue of a single colour. It starts off as light and fades into darkness, or vice versa. This is the first concept of monochromatic interior designs. Therefore, when implementing this idea in your home interiors, you first need to set up the gradient, i.e. which surfaces are going to be darker, which are going to lighter, and in what order.


2. Consider the scale of your space

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The best part about monochrome interior designs is that they can be done in any colour that you like, be it rust, yellow, or even white. However, the scale of your space matters a lot when you’re selecting this colour. Everyone already knows that small spaces tend to look narrower with darker colours, and vice versa. So always respect the dimensions of your room while selecting the dominating colour.


3. Avoid saturated hues

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Saturated colours are bright, bold, and can make your eyes water if used in too much abundance. While the dominant colour selection for a monochrome palette always depends on the personal preference of the user, it’s best to avoid these eye-watering shades according to specials. They can end up making your homes feel head-ache inducing instead of calm and relaxing.


4. Interior topography

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Interior ‘topography’ refers to all the decorative accoutrements that are used to make a space look as dynamic as possible. These include light fixtures, shelves, window treatments, furniture, and other things. For a monochromatic interior design, these need to be as versatile in styling as possible to keep the eye moving.


5. Lighting essentials

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As with any other interior design, lighting is extremely important with monochrome spaces. This is because since the emphasis is on one colour in its various forms, lighting can help accent all the small differenced between the shades. So always choose your lighting wisely.


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