A monochromatic colour scheme is black, white plus all hues and saturations of a single colour. It often lends to clean, elegant and eye catching art, and it's particularly loved by the publishing world. The most famous monochromatic book cover is George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four (pictured left). The British first edition was published in both red and green (and no-one is really sure which one came first), and today they are both very collectible.
In psychology, red, blue, yellow and green are considered to be the primary colours of the brain. Sometimes a single colour can be used to display an emotion or feeling more easily than an illustration or picture.
A red cover can be fiery, wild or aggressive, while a blue book might signify coldness or calmness. Yellow can emit positive or negative human emotions and creativity. Lastly, green inspires harmony, prosperity and thoughts of nature.
It's surprising that despite the confines of a single colour there can be so many variations to a monochromatic cover. From a one colour, with black and white accents, to multiple shades of the same colour, any booklover can find something beautiful to add to their collection.
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