Keep Calm and Feather the Nest
Summer is winding down and there is a definite chill in the air in the last week or two. Soon stores will be full of cozy fabrics and rich colours, enticing us to feather the nest for the long, cold months ahead. When we think of fall most of us envision a darker palette of pumpkin, golds and rich browns but you can warm up your living space with a lighter colour scheme using tone-on-tone or monochromatic colours. Choosing the same colour and using different tones to decorate a room has a calming and soothing effect, especially in a bedroom.
Mixing it up with natural elements such as wood and wicker, relaxes the look making it a perfect palette for the way we live in Canada. Texture is an integral part of tone-on-tone decorating. Scuffed-up paint on a treasured piece of furniture or a chunky knit throw adds warmth without adding a lot of colour.
If you love the understated elegance and soothing feel of using different shades of the same colour there are some things you can do to update it without losing the overall effect. You can add several different shades of a particular colour and create a tasteful tone on tone look. Your room will retain the same calming essence, but it will gain some visual interest.
Give a room some depth by adding patterns and textures. Fabrics, in different tones as well as different prints are more eye-catching and help move the eye around the room. The key to mixing patterns is to use similar shades of colour and similar sized patterns. Texture breaks up the monotony and gives the space some character. Shades of beige, cream and brown make for a restful, comfortable master bedroom. Creating a tone-on-tone palette is as easy as picking up paint colour swatches and choosing one colour you like, then go one value up and down from that colour in the spectrum.
It's a foolproof way to decorate.