Moody Blues

Moody Blues

There is a dramatic colour trend doing the rounds – dark tone-on-tone rooms that are at once cocooning and welcoming, but also strikingly rich.

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This tonal look creates depth and interest and the approach of using furnishings that almost blend into the wall colour is surprisingly versatile – you can use just a couple of designer furniture pieces for a minimalist, architectural feel, or add more accessories and fabrics for a traditional, plush approach. 

As an extra layer of visual interest, this room has been given an easy-to-achieve feature wall treatment in the form of timber battens attached in a grid format. The entire wall is then painted in a rich inky blue with Resene Twilight Zone.

It might seem like a contradiction in terms, but this is a perfect example of luxe minimalism. Sticking to a very tonal colour palette means the room is restrained and elegant in its luxury, rather than smothering and garish. Complementary tones such as the coffee table and sideboard in Resene Indian Ink, the vase, tealight holder and bowl in the true blue of Resene King Tide, and the muted Resene Excalibur on the tray and pot add strength as well as depth to the room, but also prevent it becoming oppressive. 

Texture is key here also with the wood panel effect, as well as the velvet cushions and plant features all breaking up the density of the main colour. The floor is stained in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash over Resene Colorwood Crowshead, allowing the wood grain to add another layer of texture. 

If going completely tonal is not for you, or you want to change things up, just adding a few gold accessories alters the look without too much effort. Gold works particularly well with deep navy blues for a stunning touch of elegance. If blue is not for you, try bold tonal layers of charcoal with burnt orange or deep greens with notes of brass or gunmetal silver.

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