Try This Trend: Tone on Tone

“Tone on tone soothes the spirit and helps you relax especially in the bedroom. This season’s blue is both fresh and calming, and works beautifully with white or off white. Add depth with textures on neutral rugs, throws and bed linens.”—Nigel Barker on Style


Sometimes the simplest statements make the biggest impact. Take for example, tone-on-tone, or monochromatic, spaces. Seen on the fashion runways of Gucci, Stella McCartney and Carolina Herrera, tone-on-tone is one of this year’s best trends. But it can provide an interesting challenge: How do you stick to one color – especially white or ivory – and keep from being boring?


The trick is to focus on texture. A mix of materials can create harmony and warmth to a consistent color palette.


tone on tone gray


Take for example, the Intrigue Collection. In gray, it features a menswear-inspired check pattern and more feminine large loop pattern for a look that spells sophistication and grace. Now notice the details. The seating pieces have unique curves that are trimmed in wood for emphasis. The contrast from light to dark gray also provides drama. And the rug, still in gray, anchors the room and cements the palette.


tone on tone ivory


Cindy Crawford’s Sidney Road Collection is another great example of tone-on-tone décor. Bringing the look of luxury to your room, its taupe textures and patterns are brought to life with details such as tufting and nail-head accents. Calm and soothing, this palette is also timeless and refined.


tone on tone abbott
Finally, ice blue walls and gray bedding provide a subtle accent to the clean white palette of the Abbott Collection. Crisp yet serene, it sets the tone in a master bedroom suite. The comforter provides just enough pattern to keep the room from being boring, but the room’s gentle design sets the stage for sweet dreams.

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