Choosing the right colors for your space can be a headache. If you're not an expert in color theory, the task can feel downright daunting. Tone on tone decorating is the solution to your problem. Using different shades and tones of the same color, you can easily create a cohesive space that looks like you worked harder than you did. Here are some tips and tricks to doing this yourself.
Choose one or two colors at most.
Don't over-complicate it. If you want more than one color, but you're not confident pairing colors together, opt for neutrals instead. That way, you can use pieces in white, brown, and gray together without worrying about clashing. For example, pair a cobalt blue bedspread with a neutral carpet or rug. Use a different neutral color for shelving, bookcases, and maybe a desk. Keep the walls white or off-white. Then add blue wall decor in different shades. Consider navy wall vinyls, or maybe a beach-themed painting. Finish off the space with light blue throw pillows and a matching quilt at the end of the bed.
Experiment with texture.
If you think sticking to such a limited palette is boring, think again. Keep the space interesting with different textures and patterns. Choose a shag rug or carpet to go with smooth, matte walls. Furry pink throw pillows are a whimsical addition to a plain magenta bedspread. Shiny metallic accents draw the eye to lamps, frames, and fixtures. Different textures can radically change the feel of the room, so don't be afraid to get creative.
Use varied saturation.
Color saturation refers to the intensity of the color. This is a great technique to use with colors that are very bright and saturated. For instance, if you have a bright lime green couch, rug, lamp, and wall decor in the same room, it looks a bit shocking. Tone it down by keeping one item very saturated and the rest more muted. Try a pastel green couch and rug with bright green throw pillows. A green glass lamp is a great way to tone down the saturation without sacrificing the color. Finish the room with bright green wall decals to liven up the space.
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