A dual-tone guide to interior design
Posted by MOHIT BHATNAGAR
Colour theory is about harmonising various shades of colour that look and feel completely different from each other. This ‘make it work’ theory has happened to establish a trend among the interior designers of a dual-toned palette wherein two different colours are taken and contrasted in a way that the entire room is dominated by those two shades and makes sense without becoming too overwhelming.
Contrast is the means to take out a monochromatic and boring room aesthetic. The twin cycle of colours can affect the moods and psychology of the people living in it. We very often get attached to a single colour and dominate our walls with it making our interior materials restricted to a certain colour palette. On the other hand, dual-toned walls give you the satisfaction of incorporating your favourite shades without making everything too consistent.
Be it any colour scheme, the principle is to achieve harmony among all decor items. The dual colour tone is amazing in a way, that presence of one shade beautifully accentuates or uplifts the look and feel of the other. And all that, without being too overwhelming.
Below are some of the ways you can achieve the dual-toned guide for your interior:
LIGHT AND DARK
An interlay of a darker shade with some neutral colour always gives an exorbitant luxury to the room. These can be incorporated for a masculine aesthetic in your master bedrooms. Colour blocking schemes help elevate the elements of the room and bring out the lighter and neutral shades that oftentimes go amiss.
SOFTER DUAL SHADES
Dual-toned walls are all about combing two shades and making them look balanced. What better way than to mix two neutral tones together, essentially of the same tones that are either warm or cool to make a wonderful softer aesthetic in the house for a double tones wall.
Greens are the talk of the town with this year’s interior colour trends. Green brings a calming and peaceful presence in the house and nature inspiring looks. Warm tones of green can be combined with a canvas white to give off an accent wall look that brings in serenity and calmness to your interiors.
You can go overboard with a coloured lacquered glass wall, with a brighter colour to give the room some eccentric aesthetics. Lacquered glass walls are all about polished surfaces that are glossy and hassle free investment on the wall and overall standalone interior piece in the room.
Colour blocking with pink and red in the kitchens or bedroom spaces makes a different place and zoning in the house. That means that your space will not have a consistent and monochromatic tones all throughout the house and have different personalised spaces of your choice with the classic colour blocking scheme. Same effects can be don with flooring that is in a chequered pattern.
COOL HUES OF BLUE
Cool tones of blue and white give off a very crisp and fresh interior look. Blues can be incorporated with neutral shades, since it is a dominant colour shade to make the blend balanced and not too overwhelming. Since blue can exude a little stiff and inflexible looks, incorporate various shades of blues in the softer textured materials like rugs or pillows to make the place feel like home.
DIFFERENT TEXTURE WITH WALLPAPER
Dual toned shades can be flexibly incorporated in textured wallpapers that also assimilate different colours and patterns in order to make the interiors less monochromatic. Incorporating a wallpaper saves you from committing to a single shade of colour on the walls and can be changed or reclaimed in future without any hassle.
Grey has the aesthetics of a very industrial looking colour, however, it can be successfully incorporated into the interiors with a neutral or brighter tone of colour by its side. To make greys more welcoming opt for the lighter shades that have a warm consisting to it with a brighter tone to still make the interiors bright enough for a dull grey.
WARM AND COOL TONES
One of the oldest tricks that designers use to make the interiors pop up is to use neutral colours but of opposite tones like warm and cool tones. To make the interiors look less boring opt for Neutral colours that help provide a sense of balance and harmony to a surrounding and can be paired well with warm and cool tones. For example, pair cool white with warm honey tones.
UNPOLISHED TEXTURES OF DUAL TONES
Incorporate the dual-tone trend with a twist with exposed brick walls that are painted into a rustic colour contrasting with a darker shade to really bring up the textures and colours in the interiors. Exposed brick walls are a classier addition to the walls and add depth and definition to the place.
CHOOSE A PERSONEL STYLE
At the end, it is up to you to chose a personnel favourite style that makes sense only to you. Choose a combination of bold and both bright colours to make even better looking interiors.
Play with different colour variants and add definitions to the walls by picking a common colour that is running throughout the room and bring a different tone that matches the set to add a different colour.