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 Colors 101
What is a monochromatic color scheme? Simply put, it’s a palette that involves a single hue, and an excellent way to layer in color and drama. There are two distinct monochromatic styles:
- Single Shade:
- A single shade color scheme uses one color without any variation in hue.
- This approach makes choosing trim color a snap, since everything will be the same color.
- The powerful effect of a single shade can be enhanced further by using different paint sheens on your trim and moldings.
- Multiple Shades:
- A multiple shade color scheme uses several shades of the same hue, as well as shades with varying undertones.
- Using multiple shades of one color softens the look of a monochromatic palette, imbuing relaxing energy into any space.
- This approach can make a room look bigger and is ideal for enhancing small spaces.
- Always a great resource, the color wheel is integral to interior design: Check out these highlights to see how the color wheel can help with your paint color search!
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.
Blue Paint Colors
Build a calming space using a diverse range of blue hues.
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.
White paint color may not be your first thought when thinking about monochromatic colors. However, layering whites brings dimension and texture to a room, creating a crisp, clean setting. Playing with white in the kitchen is a great choice given the amount of different surfaces in that space.
Ready to test out a monochromatic color scheme of your own? Use our Color a Room tool to see Benjamin Moore paint colors on rooms in our room portfolio, or check out the Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio® app to test out paint colors on images from your home.