You may have heard of monochrome decoration schemes or decorations using only one color. But tone-on-tone takes the idea of decorating in a single color and refines it. The style uses different shades, hues, and textures more accurately. The essence of tone-on-tone color is to take a certain color and use slightly different saturations of this color throughout the space, resulting in a sophisticated look that makes tone-on-tone in the bedroom a good choice.
What distinguishes tone-on-tone from monochrome design is that it can use more than one color to achieve its style. The result is an elegant look that is ideal for anyone who wants to stay in one or a few color families because they love these colors.
Different tones are important
The first step in using tone-on-tone in the bedroom is to take into account the lightness and darkness of different colors. For example, it is customary in the bedroom space to use tone-on-tone in a headboard against a wall, as in the photo above. For example, the wall may have a slightly deeper tone than a lighter headboard. In this way, the headboard fits well on the wall, without completely merging.
Bed linen can also have different shades or shades of the basic color, as well as carpets, curtains and wall art. Everything combines to create a lot of visual interest in the room. This way you can use a color family without making the room boring or uninspired.
However, the tone-on-tone in the bedroom does not stop only at the tone itself. Another important aspect of this style is the use of texture. The use of texture allows you to stay close to the same shade without making the room too uniform. For example, textured walls are a popular choice to arouse this visual interest in a space. The texture is very noticeable because it surrounds the entire space. A carpet or woven rugs can also have a similar effect.
A great feature of this look is that the texture can be as bold or subtle as you like. The photo above takes a more subtle approach in the texture of the walls and flooring. It also shows that tone-on-tone can turn more into a monochrome style if you choose to stay close to one shade. There may be some overlap between tone-on-tone and monochrome styles.
Add punches of other colors to separate the different shades
Tone-on-tone does not always mean monochrome. So don’t be afraid to add photos of a different color to visually separate the tones for more visual interest. For example, a headboard with a strongly saturated color can break the tones between the wall and the bedding.
The photo above beautifully uses a burgundy headboard to visually separate the light gray bedding and the dark gray wall. You can also try the same idea with plaids on the bed or cushions. Another idea is to use wall art with a different shade to add visual interest to a large single-color wall space.
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Another option for tone-on-tone in the bedroom is to focus on different types of paint finish. This way you can get the different textures in a fun and creative way. For example, the wall in the photo above opted for circles of glossy black paint over matte black paint. The resulting funky and fun geometric style is the essence of tone-on-tone: using different textures to play with a family of colors. What you get is the illusion of a lighter black against a darker black just by using different paint finishes.
The space above also shows a tone-on-tone style in the bedroom that uses several shades. The white bedding on the bed matches the chair, allowing the color to work in the room for a more consistent feel.
Use visual anchors for tone-on-tone in the bedroom
Another feature of the tone-on-tone style is the addition of focal points or visual anchors, which means something that catches the eye. This element can be what the rest of the space is organized around. Having an eye-catching element will prevent the space from looking too flat.
A simple way to create a visual anchor is to incorporate texture into an important fixture in the room. As in the photo above, it is common in bedrooms to find visually bold curtains that add a geometric texture. Curtains are by nature a big part of the bedroom, so they work well as a focal point. Other popular choices are bedding or headboard.