Home Decorating Put It in Neutral – Tonal Decorating

Put It in Neutral – Tonal Decorating

There are many different directions you can take when it comes to tone-on-tone decorating. Your space can range from traditional, to romantic, to light and airy. With tonal decorating, each object and color are thrown into relief and you become much more aware of the subtle distinctions between each.

Maintain a Simple Color Palette

Keep the color scheme of your space simple and focus on only one or two colors. This will help your space feel restful and calming.

Take on Texture

Mix it up with matte, shiny, nubby, smooth, hard, and soft textiles, artwork, and accents. The mix of different textures makes each piece stand out and have individuality.

Pepper in Pattern
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A perfect patterned piece can liven up any space! Choose a pattern that makes you happy just looking at it. Annie recommends incorporating patterned upholstery on accent pieces such as a stool, ottoman, or a bench. Of course, if you’re looking to just add a splash of pattern, you can always add it in with smaller accents like decorative pillows and throws.

Consider Shape
Put It in Neutral – Tonal Decorating | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

Switch up the form of furniture and accents – pair curvaceous with the angular, and symmetrical with the asymmetrical. Make sure you always leave enough space around the object, so you can appreciate its contour.

Bring nature in
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Incorporate elements like wood, stone, plants, and smaller items that can be used for decorations. Use items like pinecones, river rocks, and coral to bring life to your space.

Layer, layer, layer
Put It in Neutral – Tonal Decorating | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style
When thinking about how to incorporate layers into your home, remember two things: shape and color. Always consider the contour of pieces of furniture and accents. For color, ask yourself, does the object stand out against its background or is it lost?

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