Design Crush: Tone on Tone

April 02, 2014
Design Crush: Tone on Tone

Move over feature walls, Tone layering is here to stay! The Tone on Tone trend is becoming more and more prominent this year, popping up in visual merchandising, hotel designs and residential homes alike. What exactly is Tone on Tone? This decorating style takes a single (or a few) colours and uses different saturation's of that tone to create a harmonious space. This balance of one/two colours in different tones creates a visual depth in your design that cannot always be achieved with flat feature colours.

Where do I start?

Firstly, you need to pick your colour. Keep in mind this trend is not for the faint hearted, you have to really love the colour you've chosen as it's going to be featured in mass! Tone on Tone can be done with neutrals, warm colours and cool colours which is what makes this design trend so versatile. If you're trying to create a space which is fresh and tranquil go with a crisp green or airy blue. If you're looking for more of a bold statement, play around with oranges and reds.

Secondly, it’s important to decide how hard you want to go with this design trick as the options are endless. You can segregate rooms by colour and decorate each room with a different tone on tone scheme or maybe just create a one off feature area in your living area that is purely decorated in tones of one colour.

Now you're ready to plan your space and start shopping! Blend unique homewares with statement furniture and lush fabrics to really set this trend a light.

A delicate and fresh room created with a pink Tone on Tone colour palette

Tips for Tone on Tone:

  • Saturate a wall in a deep tone of your desired colour. Then dress that wall with shelves, art work and lighting that are all in varying tones of the desired hue.
  • Go for a crisp white tone on tone effect. Start with the floor and make your way up by combining different shades of white textures using the rug, furniture, artwork, walls and lighting as key design elements.
  • If your tone on tone colour way is looking a little flat, incorporate texture to increase the visual depth and character of the room. A fluffy rug, mix of different fabrics, timber grains and polished metals will all help create a beautiful dimension to your overall design.
  • If you don’t want to go for a full over hall why not introduce subtle tone on tone effects like painting your cupboard handles in a dark saturation of the cupboard colour or adding a tonal trim to your cushions?

This mix of different saturations of green make a beautiful combination for a Tone on Tone scheme

Tone on Tone Inspiration

Concrete combination

Orange hues

Natural neutral medley

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