Tonal Color Styling

by Erika Woelfel

Tonal colors are defined as having the similar, hue, lightness or darkness level and color intensity. In interior design tonal colors are used in various ways to create harmonies. Colors, patterns and textures that are similar to each other naturally coordinate. By varying shades, patterns and textures, tone-on-tone rooms can exude style and bring a greater sense of cohesion to your home – all with little or no stress.

Refreshing Aquas


Using shades of sea blue can turn any space into a relaxing, and refreshing retreat. Pairing more saturated hues with lighter shades gives the room a sense of refinement without sacrificing the level of comfort it provides. Aqua shades readily accept accents of bright white, cool gray and moody mauves.

Earth Tones


Comforting, earth tones give your home a welcoming feel and are a great color upgrade for more traditional design schemes. Take a cue from nature and search for hues that evoke light sand, warm clay, natural wood, raw cinnamon and deep mustard.

Mauve and Purple

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If you’re looking for a more unique, dramatic look, try pairing dusty, pale lavender with deep mauve. When combined with crisp white accents, these sumptuous shades are a beautiful fit in contemporary homes. In more traditional homes, or to achieve a rustic, French-country look, add accents of suede brown, buckskin and taupe.

Moody Blues


For an elegant look that doesn’t feel too unapproachable, try combing moody, saturated blues with dusky pewter gray. To elevate the drama, choose darker-toned woodwork and decorative accents. If you prefer a crisper look, add some bright white or metallic shades throughout the space.

Colorfully yours,


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