Anne has a bachelor's in K-12 art education and a master's in visual art and design. She currently works at a living history museum in Colorado.
The term achromatic can be confused with monochromatic. Achromatic means only the neutral colors are used in decorating. These neutral colors are black, white, and gray. A monochromatic color scheme, however, means that designers use varying shades of one color.
Designers like to use achromatic color schemes when creating new interiors because it makes those rooms look clean and simple. Sometimes an accent color is added. These accent colors are usually found with throw pillows, art, and other accessories, but not on walls. An achromatic color scheme can be used in any room of a house.
One of the most common uses of an achromatic color scheme can be found in kitchens. White cabinets can make a room seem bigger, while dark cabinets (browns and tans are sometimes considered neutral colors) can make a kitchen with high ceilings not seem so large. Using white cabinets and dark floors provide a high contrast look.
Designers can also use a variety of materials in an achromatic color scheme. A popular material for kitchen counters is granite. Dark granite is popular for families with children because of its stain hiding abilities. Laminate is a cheaper alternative to granite. Another material gaining popularity for countertops is concrete. These counters can be stained or kept gray if the designers want a more industrial look in a kitchen.
Bathrooms are another place for an achromatic color scheme. White and gray bathroom tiles and fixtures can make a small bathroom seem larger. Like the kitchen, browns can be incorporated with dark wood cabinets. Black and white bathroom tiles can add visual interest without overwhelming those in the bathroom. Bathtubs are usually white. In a shower stall, designers can use varying shades of achromatic tiles to liven up an otherwise boring area.
Bedrooms and Living Rooms
An achromatic color scheme can have a calming effect for those who live in them. Much like in other rooms, white and gray can make a room seem bigger. Black furniture, like bed frames and chests of drawers, can add elegance to a room.
The same goes for living rooms. Like in kitchens, dark furniture can hide stains. The neutral colors can also be calming for a room that is usually busy and full of life.
Another way to add achromatic color schemes to a room is through accessories. If the interior designer's client doesn't want a room to be completely achromatic, they can use the scheme in accessories instead. One example would be to have family pictures or other photographs reprinted in black and white and then placed in black, white, or gray frames.
Interior designers use many assorted color schemes when decorating and designing different rooms. One color scheme doesn't involve colors at all. An achromatic color scheme uses varying shades of black, white, and gray. This scheme can make a room seem clean and simple. Sometimes designers like to add accent colors. These are usually found in pillows or other accessories. One of the most common uses for an achromatic color scheme can be found in kitchens. Using an achromatic color scheme in a bathroom can make it seem larger. An achromatic color scheme in a bedroom can make a room seem calm. Another way to add an achromatic color scheme without redoing a whole room can be through accessories like black and white pictures in black frames.
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