Can neutral colors be bold? Can just a few hues in an interior make an impact? The answer to both of these questions is yes.

The secret? Monochromatic color schemes.

Based on a single color, this design style uses various shades and tones to add a sense of differentiation within a space. There are no additional hues in a monochromatic color scheme.

This type of palette can be luxurious and elegant, while also serving as the foundation for pops of color and metallic accents.

To create a monochromatic color scheme, begin by choosing a neutral color to serve as the foundation from which to build a color palette.

Cream-colored furniture selections are contrasted here with brass accents. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)

Popular choices include gray, brown and white. There are myriad shades of white, ranging from cool to warm, which makes it one of the most versatile choices for a monochromatic room.

After selecting a foundation color, use tints, tones and shades of that color to create a fuller color palette.

Despite its simplicity, a monochromatic color scheme doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Pops of color can help enliven and uplift the look. Adding deep, rich colors that add a sense of contrast can also create powerful spaces.

Metallic finishes, materials such as stone, and textiles such as area rugs, toss pillows and throws can also serve as colorful design tools that add pop to a monochromatic space.