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Monochro­matic color schemes al­ways work when it comes to cloth­ing or home dec­o­rat­ing, as long as you be­gin with a ba­sic color that flat­ters your own col­or­ing. By vary­ing the hues of the ba­sic color, you add vis­ual in­ter­est and im­pact. The more var­ied tex­tures are in­tro­duced along with var­ied shades, the more so­phis­ti­cated, in­ter­est­ing and pleas­ing you’ll find your fi­nal out­come. For ex­am­ple, if you love green, try mix­ing and match­ing any shades from the light­est to dark­est in var­ied amounts for the most im­pact, us­ing one shade as an ac­cent to op­ti­mize your end re­sult.

The most so­phis­ti­cated and dif­fi­cult monochro­matic color pal­ette of all is un­doubt­edly that of neu­trals: creams, grays and tans. Color wheels are un­able to break down the in­tri­cate val­ues of neu­trals. It takes an ex­pert eye and knowl­edge to main­tain the shad­ing and vis­ual bal­ance of th­ese sub­tle color changes and hues.

If you truly love neu­trals, go to your lo­cal home-im­prove­ment store and gather up paint chips to take home and study. Most paint man­u­fac­tur­ers make it easy for you as they show color pal­ettes in fam­i­lies with pre­de­ter­mined and match­ing val­ues. For starters, look at the pale creams and you’ll im­me­di­ately no­tice dis­tinct dif­fer­ences. Some chips have strong un­der­tones of green or blue, while oth­ers are more yel­low or or­ange; yet oth­ers have hints of brown or black. This is un­der­stand­able be­cause white is ac­tu­ally a com­bi­na­tion of all col­ors, not an ab­sence of color, and cream is just a sub­tle dark­en­ing of white.


When it comes to color, trends are not based on strong and grow­ing de­mand for cer­tain col­ors; rather, they are based on the find­ings from fo­cused world­wide net­works. Par­tic­i­pants of th­ese groups come from var­ied walks of life. Each mem­ber fol­lows and stud­ies such things as sports, pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics, mu­sic, arts, cui­sine, leisure ac­tiv­i­ties, dec­o­rat­ing, fash­ion, the en­vi­ron­ment and cul­tural di­ver­sity, just to name a few. Each as­pect of study pro­vides use­ful in­for­ma­tion that al­lows the col­lec­tive group to fore­cast col­ors with va­lid­ity. When the core group comes to con­sen­sus, color chips are then de­vel­oped and dis­trib­uted to de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers who fur­ther de­velop their own fore­cast for trends for yarn, fab­ric, paint, cloth­ing, fur­ni­ture and the like.

From sea­son to sea­son the hues of core col­ors change slightly to re­flect world­wide changes as they oc­cur within fo­cus groups. Col­ors then be­come stronger, more muted or more con­vo­luted to re­flect global changes.

How drab the world would be with­out the magic of color. It is truly some­thing to cel­e­brate and en­joy! Thank good­ness that the se­crets of color can be re­vealed to en­hance our daily lives with a sim­ple lit­tle color wheel. C!

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