Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Home décor: Achromatic scheme

There is an assortment of colors within the achromatic spectrum, and a good combination of these colors is key to making your space come alive.

Composed of all neutral colors such as black, white, grays and browns, the achromatic color scheme is one of the most compelling but often underrated color schemes for homes. With some color theory knowledge and interior design tricks up your sleeve, you can create a beautiful room with an achromatic color scheme.

Value and contrast

There is an assortment of colors within the achromatic spectrum, and a good combination of these colors is key to making your space come alive. Grays and browns come in varying values, meaning to say, some are lighter, and some are darker. Play around with these light and dark values by creating layers of alternating values. For instance, you can have a beige wall behind a mocha sofa adorned with white and taupe pillows. This technique creates contrast and adds drama to your room.

A dash of lush greens will evoke an organic feel that will make your room feel uncontrived and natural.

Pattern and texture

Still using the layering technique, play around with pattern and texture. Create a good mix of delicate foliage patterns, bold stripes and plain colors with your fabric choices. Alternatively, or even at the same time, incorporate different textures such as shiny silks and natural weaves. However, patterns and textures are not limited to fabric; you can also work these design elements on your floors and walls. Create textural contrast by using wood against metal or stone. Most natural stones also have beautiful patterns, such as marble, travertine and granite.

Plants and lighting

For final touches, add lighting to highlight textures and interesting elements in the room. Track lighting may be used to highlight stone walls or textured walls. This will create drama and flair in the space. Another great addition to an area with an achromatic color scheme is plants. A dash of lush greens will evoke an organic feel that will make your room feel uncontrived and natural. - Aislinn Kee


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