First, let’s clear up one bit of confusion. Words have a way of taking on different meanings over the years and the word “monotone” (as related to kids’ room color schemes) has turned a corner. Just what is a monotone scheme?
The dictionary says “sameness of color, sometimes to a boring degree.” Ouch! Some designers say a monotone scheme uses one color and one color only with a limited range of values.
What monotone is now equated with is “neutral” or lack of color, meaning only grays, or tans or tinted whites are used. You see plenty of neutral schemes, most often used in baby nurseries or teen rooms (toddlers, kids, and tweens tend to prefer color).
Three major pluses to using a monotone scheme:
- Almost impossible for this scheme to fail—no harsh or clashing colors to cause problems.
- Ideal for rooms where strong color can enter in a transitional way such as holiday décor or in the nursery for new baby arrival after gender is known.
- Easy background for stronger color in minor accents, art, and accessories.
Where problems arise in monotone color schemes is just as the definition indicates…..monotony is a risk with too much “sameness” and a strictly monotone scheme can seemed somewhat forced.
Have you ever looked through a paint deck to see just how many grays, tans, and whites there are. Lots! When selecting neutrals the trick is to watch the undertones (blues, yellows, reds, and greens) and make sure they are all the same throughout the room, then just vary the range a bit and you have a room like one of these……
Want something a little more vibrant? Read the Kids’ Room Color Essentials post and try one of these combinations:
- Light and Dark
- Warm and Cool
- Chroma and Intensity
- Tints, Tones, and Shades
- Monochromatic Schemes
- Analogous Schemes
- Triadic Schemes
- Complementary Schemes
- Monotone Schemes
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