November 27, 2008

Soothing Bedroom Palette

Q. We have a new principal bedroom ensuite built in our basement. I want to make it an oasis for myself and my husband. How do I achieve a tone on tone colour scheme? The existing wall colour is cream and our comforter on our bed is a similar colour, in a waffle texture. How should I continue?

A. Your new ensuite sounds beautiful. Creating a monochromatic colour scheme can definitely result in a soothing, calm space. It seems that you are already starting out with similar tones, and integrating texture, like your waffle weave comforter, is a great way to keep the space unified in colour but interesting with texture. Installing beadboard wainscoting in a shade darker than your cream wall colour will unify your colour scheme but add more texture and interest to the room. Choose window treatments with cream tone-on-tone patterns or stripes, either roman blinds or full-length drapes, whichever the ceiling and window heights allow. Neutral or honey-coloured wool sisal rugs would be a perfect accompaniment to your walls and fabrics. Introducing a contrasting colour to a monochromatic scheme often adds punch to the space. Accessorizing with rich, dark-wood framed mirrors or wood picture frames will add warmth to a neutral space. Choose off-white towels and mats for your ensuite bath and don’t forget fresh flowers — the perfect touch in any room.