Helpful Tips to Create a Monochromatic Bedroom that Isn't Monotone

One room and one color can make one bold design statement.

By Nicole L. Warren


Did you ever wish your bedroom could be redone using only your favorite color? You love pink and you’ve thought about it. But you didn’t do it, because who wants to sleep in a bedroom that looks like the inside of a Pepto Bismol bottle? 


Well, monochromatic doesn’t mean you use one color in the same hue throughout the room. Imagine your pink bedroom filled not just with Pepto pink, but with a combination of raspberry, rose, and cotton candy.


Done right, a monochromatic color scheme allows you to tastefully decorate a room with one color, with balance and beauty. Try these three tips to create the room of your dreams.  




Step 1: Choose an Anchor Color

If you already have a color in mind, great! You’re ready for step 2. If you’re unsure about what color to pick, finding that special hue can start with looking at the furnishings already in your room. It could be as easy as using the main color in your bedding set and curtains.


Maybe there’s a color in a throw pillow that’s been calling your name. Or maybe you have a favorite lamp you want to keep in the decor, so its color could be the anchor. Also, keep in mind that you’re not tied to picking a color from the rainbow. Neutral tones like black, gray, white, or brown can also be used. If you’re still having trouble deciding, step 2 will give you some more color inspiration.




Step 2:  Select Complementary Hues

This step is the key to your monochromatic scheme not looking dull and monotone. Visit the paint department of your local hardware store to find paint swatches that include your anchor color. If you’re still undecided about your anchor color, you’ll have the opportunity to browse samples of almost any color you can imagine.


Swatches can include three to six tints and shades of a single color. Tints are lighter, with white added to the anchor color. Shades are darker, with black added to the anchor color. Grab a couple of swatches to keep with you as an extremely useful guide to choose elements to complete the look. White walls don’t need to be changed, but for an extra layer of color you can pick up a can of paint while you're there too. Keeping choices within the palette of the paint swatch will make sure the all hues complement each other. 




Step 3:  Add Patterns and Texture

This will give the monochromatic scheme more character, by creating visual interest to prevent the room from looking flat. Patterns and texture should be used thoughtfully as accents in the room, with the exception of walls. Creative wall treatments can introduce texture, patterns, or both.


Think colored wood paneling, textured wallpaper in an interesting design, and molding. To avoid the room looking busy, limit the number of different patterns used to four. Also, be mindful that some textures can also create a pattern, such as braiding in an area rug or the intricate embroidery on a pair of drapes.




Texture can be added with the textiles used for bedding, upholstery, or window treatments. If there’s a bold color in your palette that you’re afraid to use, find an accent piece with a pattern in that color. Then the color will be less intimidating displayed in small doses, like on a throw pillow or lamp.


Don’t stop with the bedroom. Monochromatic color schemes can successfully be applied to the décor of any space in your home, using these same three tips. Some brave souls even design their entire house this way. If taking on the task of making your bedroom a monochromatic space sounds a little scary, try it out in a smaller room first. Redo a bathroom or home office before you commit to bringing it to a larger space. 


Better yet, try out your design plans in House Tipster’s 3D Virtual Rooms to see what you like even before you start to work.


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