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Why You Should Use Monochromatic Design – A Guide to Monochromatic Design (Part 2)

  • by Nikolas Noel
  • December 20, 2022
  • 5 minutes read
  • 2 comments

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We’ve discussed how monochromatic designs can create a unique impression by simply using hue variations of one-color type in a design. We already know what monochromatic colors are, as discussed in the first part of the article: Get to Know with Monochromatic Color. Here we will explore about why monochromatic designs need to be considered applicable in today’s designs.

Let’s say, we are looking to decorate a room and want to choose the right paint for our room, and this can be the most difficult choice of all. When we decide to enter a paint shop, many of you are also confused about having to choose the number of colors from all the paints offered there, then instead decide to go a little while later, overwhelmed with the options. So, where should you start?

Deciding to design a room with a monochromatic color scheme can be a wise one. Without the burden of discuss with an interior designer, this strategy makes a really lovely impression while being very simple to implement. Because of the beauty, it may add, many interior designers also choose monochrome schemes today.

We’ll explore the benefits of sticking to a monochromatic scheme in this article, especially as it relates to graphic design. You’ll likely be utilizing monochromatic in no time!

How Monochrome Hit Spots in Todays Design

The word “monochrome” is strange. It might mean different things depending on what you’re doing or who you’re talking to. Monochrome, in its purest sense, refers to black-and-white images. However, over time, its meaning has changed, just like the rest of words we know. Now, it can also refer to something that is seen in multiple shades of the same color. Whatever perspective you take, working in monochrome is an entirely separate discipline and there are advantages to using monochromatic in your designs.

Before we start discussing the advantages of monochromatic design; “Why monochromatic is trending?” is probably a question you also want to know first.

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The use of various tones of the same hue has proven to be quite appealing to designers and their customers alike. People are gravitating toward this color scheme because it has just a dash of color and the minimalistic style is more eye-catching and edgy. Since it gives even the most basic things a unified and polished appearance, interior designers and graphic designers like to adopt the monochrome style most frequently.

Monochromatic Design Advantages

Here are our top reasons for considering monochrome:

1. Make A Simple Look

It’s easy to overuse color when designing, whether it’s for graphics, user interfaces, clothing, packaging or interiors. You quickly add things here and there and before you know it; the situation seemed far more convoluted and chaotic than it needed to be. Removing all color and focusing on a monochrome design alone is enough to provide some much-needed peace to the frenzy of complexity that must be maintained.

Adopting the monochrome trend in your designs is easy if you only use the required number of colors. When creating a monochromatic design, you need to avoid using too many different color combinations to make the colors stand out. Use one background color as a base and then build other colors, accordingly, using another color for the text and another color for the design. Your illustration can look edgier if you use this pattern. Your designs can look seamless, expensive, and effortless by varying the hues at different points.

2. Create Contrast

When you have two designs that share similarities, such as multiple variants of products within the same brand, using two contrasting monochromatic palettes can make all the difference while staying true to the brand. This implies that similar designs may differ from one another, generally to distinguish the version of the product being made. It also works on UI/UX design as well. Using contrasting tones may give each design its own personality while also making it appear coordinated.

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3. Create Logical Progression and Relationships

In design, showing contrasts between various features is very necessary, so the clients are not confused about the offer given. Monochromatic web design and apps can be great help in this regard. Consider a standard pricing page where you present multiple bundles or offers to customers. Using a single color throughout a design can help differentiate it and show transitions from the simplest to more complex features.

4. Increases Sophistication and Style

This one may seem apparent, but it’s worth is in how plain it is. When anything is presented in duo tones, it instantly seems more elevated. Maybe it’s because we yearn for a bygone era when things were more formal. Whatever the reason, by just displaying any design in monochrome form, it will always feel like it sits a few rungs higher. Like the photograph of the bridge structure above, it might look boring if we see it in its original color complexity, but by adding a monochrome concept to it, it became more aesthetic and has a luxurious impression.

Final Words

The success of the monochrome trend can be attributed to how simple it is to use this method. When choosing the tones, the designers are only required to use one color, which eliminates confusion because they are not required to select from a variety of hues. Everyone wants their brand images to look incredibly professional, appropriate for the context, and stylish, from start-ups to international corporations. All of these awesome qualities can now be accomplished under one roof.

It can be observed that designers and artists are becoming bolder with their current works. This forced them to think outside the box and deviate from the conventional white and black pattern, which we can see everyone adopting. Even a suitable color scheme and some bolder color experiments can elevate your designs a thousand times.

By:

El is a graphic designer and design writer, currently working with Vintagio Design, based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Graphic design is a skill he enjoys outside of his studies as a teacher and chemist. El also likes to share his knowledge in the field of graphics or other things that he understands.

2 responses to “Why You Should Use Monochromatic Design – A Guide to Monochromatic Design (Part 2)”

  1. Ranti says:

    It is very interesting for me! I mean, nowadays, a simple design is needed rather than a colorful design, especially when we enter teenagers area. We want something calming and warming. Thank you anyway for the information, Mr.Noel✨

  2. Blasius Banu says:

    Thank you for writing this article, Mr. Noel. It gives me so much inspiration in deciding the colors that I want to choose for my importance.

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