Tone-on-Tone: Contemporary Color That’s Anything But Bland


Ideas on creating stunning doors by mixing tones

Tone-on-tone contemporary color palettes are a critical attribute of contemporary design. For tone-on-tone to be considered contemporary, the hues tend to be neutral or earth. By using a tone-on-tone scheme, a single color or hue can be reimagined in tints, tones and shades. It’s never bland, adding dimension to a room or door. You can use tone-on-tone for actual color shades or wood stains to create a dramatic entrance.


In the world of contemporary, color is very intentional. To master the tone-on-tone look for an interior or exterior door, choose a door with clean lines and panels. Using a neutral shade of brown, you can create dimension by using a darker hue on the frame then adding lighter shades of the interior panel. Don’t be too dramatic in the shading. Darker is better on the outside of the door. Then go one to two shades lighter on the inside.


If you love the look of a wood front door but still want some subtle differences, pick multiple shades. Again, go for a darker shade on the outside parts. Then go lighter as you move to the center. Be very strategic in when and how you change the stain. Mix horizontal and vertical panels for more drama. Keep lines straight to maximize contemporary style. You can also create a custom door with vertical grains on the edges and horizontal grains in the center.

Tone-on-tone doesn’t just have to relate to your furniture, decor or wall paint. Interior and exterior doors can function to maintain a consistent look. If tone-on-tone is what you love about contemporary color, create a custom door to make it uniquely yours.

Discover more contemporary ideas for your home by reading our e-book, “Six Ways to Incorporate Contemporary Design into Your Home.”

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