Michael Coyne - Mar. 2013

Designer Display

Photo of Michael Coyne - Mar. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

Tone on Tone Layering

The “Gold Room” I created within the gallery at Judy Frankel Antiques is an example of how tone on tone layering can be used to achieve a cohesive look while mixing a wide range of styles and periods. By selecting furniture and accessories in various shades of gold, I was able to layer many types of antique accessories within a small space yet not have it appear fussy or overdone. If your aesthetic veers toward a rich, layered look, select a light palette - white, gray, gold and beige are classic choices – and you’ll find that even with a lot of accessories layered in, the tone on tone approach results in a fresh, clean look.

While tone on tone layering is a great strategy for accessorizing smaller rooms, it’s also a simple way to pull together a chic, minimalist look in a larger, open space. Want something more dramatic? Punch up the color. Use intense, saturated shades of blue, brown or red on the walls and start the tone on tone layering from there.

Displaying a Collection – Mix It Up

When arranging the collection of Roger Capron pottery on the mid century Belgian rosewood wall unit, I mixed in several other pieces for added texture, dimension and scale. The long painted wood tribal canoe echoes the color scheme of the pottery while adding a horizontal element. The pale pink bindings of the books play up the bold, primary colors of the pottery while the pair of bronze tone floor vases on the drop down desks add texture and a nice pop of subdued metallic shine.

Try mixing in other items when displaying your collections. Experiment with adding pieces that both contrast and reiterate the core colors, shapes and textures of your collection. A little visual variety can add new life to old favorites.