If you’re looking for interior inspiration, you’ll love the latest home trend: two tone interiors. Follow our style tips to get your room schemes just right
Pic: Little Greene
How do I create a two tone colour scheme?
It’s all about contrast. So, whether you use a dark or bold wall colour to enliven a plain white kitchen – or a softer colour that’s totally out of context with the rest of the room – the aim is to create a colour shock. In this room, the effect is enhanced and exaggerated by a one-off, brightly painted stool that clashes with the turquoise and
Does a two tone colour scheme have to be bright and bold?
As we said above, it’s about context. Here, a neutral room has been given a colour lift with a pale pink sofa. The colour-blocking effect is just as show-stopping, but the room is subtler and calmer than the blue and white kitchen – perfect, indeed, for a bedroom or relaxing living space.
Pic: California Shutters
I like all-white walls and floors? How else can I introduce a two tone effect?
Our colour-matched window shutters
can be just about any shade you can dream up, from bright and bold to subtle and soothing to neutral to monotone – take your pick! Or, of course, you could simply throw down a bright rug in an all-white room. Or, in a home office like this one, paint the shelves in a bright shade and keep everything else neutral.
Pic: House of Fraser
Can a two tone interior scheme work for a bedroom?
Introducing a block of colour, whether in wallpaper or paint, to create a focal wall is the best way to introduce the two tone effect. If your room has a chimney breast, putting colour on it is the obvious solution – but we actually prefer a subtler approach, with the bold shade at the head of the bed, and a pale, contrasting colour on the other walls. You can tie the scheme together and add interest – just as you would in any other room – by dressing the bed with toning cushions, throws and linen.
Can I do two tone interiors on a budget?
Home design need never be expensive (our very affordable shutters
being the perfect example). We’d suggest you invest in a pot of brightly coloured paint, pick a piece of furniture that’s seen better days, and give it a coat or two. You could choose anything – from a bed frame to dining chairs to a display case like this one.
Will two-tone interiors work in a bathroom?
If you have tiled to dado rail height, simply paint the walls above in a contrasting colour. If you have a roll-top, paint the underside, too. Our advice? Unless your bathroom is flooded with daylight, keep walls light, leaving darker shades for the lower half of the room, as shown here.