How to use accent colours successfully in your home

Accent colours are additional colours to the dominant colours used in a room. They bring interest and contrast into your space and help pull your colour scheme together. but, how do you use accent colours successfully in your home?

Getting the balance of accent colours right can be tricky.  When used well, they make a room look put together and create harmony and cohesion throughout your home.

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How to use accent colours well in your home.

Accent colours can be similar in hue and tone or contrasting depending on the mood you want to create in your room.

To add a dramatic look to a room, use contrasting hues or tones.  If you are after a more peaceful and calm space using similar tones will keep the room restful and centred.

In the image below, the dark feature wall adds contrast to the white and has a dramatic and moody feel.

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Use accents to highlight features

Accent colours can highlight architectural features in a room.

You may have a fireplace or decorative panelling on a wall that you wish to draw attention to. Use an accent colour on this feature to bring the focus to it.

The fireplace below stands out in light cream against the dark wall.  

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Choose one accent colour to dominate

When using multiple accent colours, choose one accent to dominate in a room.  Too many accent colours in the same proportion and intensity will overwhelm your space and make it feel busy.

‍Mix up the lightness or intensity of the colours to create different moods in different rooms.

Below, yellow is the dominant accent against a neutral palette.

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Use accents to create zones in a room

By painting a section of wall a different colour from the rest of the walls, you can define a room within a room. 

This is a good trick in small homes where you may have a study area in the kitchen or living room, or you might want to create a different feel for a space.

The dining area is defined by the green wall in the image below.

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Use accent colours in soft furnishings

Accents are often used in soft furnishings and accessories. Use this trick to balance colours within a room.

For example, if you have a feature wall, you can repeat the wall colour in some soft furnishings. This helps to balance the colour in the room. 

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Vary tones of colours

Vary the tones of your accent colours throughout the room.  This will create a harmonious look.  

Using only one tone of a colour in a couple of different places in a room makes it look out of place. 

I’m sure you have seen rooms where a few random brightly coloured cushions have been plopped on a couch, and they don’t relate to anything else in the room.

They look out of place and ruin the look of the room.

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Repeat accent colours throughout your home

Repetition of your colour scheme creates harmony in your home.

It creates a relationship between rooms, and your home will look cohesive.

Change the dominant accent between rooms and use different tones of colour to alter the mood. 

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Decorating with accents can be lots of fun.

Just remember to vary the tones and repeat the colours.  Always step back and view the room to see if it looks balanced.

Which of these tips have you found to be most helpful? Let me know in the comments.

‍Until next time,

Happy decorating

Trudi. x

17 March 2020

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