Guide to Monochromatic Color Schemes
Color Schemes Learn how a monochromatic paint color palette creates drama and dimension—and infuses any space with style and sophistication.
Understanding the basics of color helps elevate your interiors. Here, you’ll discover how the creative combination of different shades in the same hue, known as a monochromatic color scheme, yields an elegant environment in any room.
Monochromatic Color Palettes
To help you shape your own monochromatic color scheme, use these curated palettes by color family, created by our color experts.
White Paint Colors
Bring subtle dimension to your space by layering white paint colors.
Beige & Brown Paint Colors
Infuse your home with sophistication using shades of beige and brown.
Purple Paint Colors
Create a luxurious, romantic atmosphere with varying shades of purple.
Red Paint Colors
Add warmth into any space with a variety of pinks and reds.
Examples of Elevated Monochromatic Color Schemes
This saturated monochromatic study evokes the feeling of a lush jungle. Trim and doors in Rainforest Foliage 2040-10 pack a powerful punch in a high-gloss sheen, a beautiful contrast against matte walls in Amazon Moss 2037-10.
Bold, dramatic, opulent. This Spectra Blue 2049-50 dining room showcases the power of a monochromatic color scheme. Experimenting with sheen in unexpected places, like a semi-gloss ceiling, creates a luminous look ideal for dining in style.
Creating a monochromatic palette with neutral colors can be tricky, but when you get it right, the result is classic. Try mixing slightly different undertones within one hue, seen in this taupe entryway, to create a subtle contrast between shades.
Welcome guests with a monochromatic color palette of cool grays with subtle violet undertones. Try a dual-toned staircase to bring whimsy to a sophisticated space.
This entryway is painted in Feather Gray 2127-60 and Pike’s Peak Gray 2127-50, both from Color Preview®, a color collection that ranges from bright and vibrant, to more subtle versions of the same hues. Use Color Preview as a helpful resource to create monochromatic color schemes in your space!
Using two monochromatic color schemes in one room creates a contemporary color blocking effect. Here, a living area is broken into separate spaces using two distinct hues. Trim and wall in the same color family is a clever way to bring a unique spin to monochromatic color schemes.