10 tips on how to choose and use accent colours

Accent colours are the colours used in smaller amounts in a room to highlight features or to add pops of colour. They are a great way to include some bolder colours into your home if you don’t want to commit to using them in larger areas.

Accent colours can trip many people up when they are trying to create a cohesive look throughout their home.

It can be tricky, but here are some tips to get you started.

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A great place to start when choosing accent colours is to use colours that you love.

You can find inspiration for accent colours from artwork, soft furnishings or the colours in your surroundings.

Accents add brighter colour and interest to a neutral colour scheme. You don’t have to commit to a large amount, just sprinkles of colour will bring a room to life.

Select two accents to use consistently throughout your home. Combinations of warm and cool accents work well. For example, you might choose green and pink or orange and blue.

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Choose one accent to dominate in a room. If you use too many colours in the same proportion, this will overwhelm your room and make it feel bitsy.

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

Contrast makes a room feel more lively, so if you are looking for a relaxing mood, keep the colours in the same or similar tones.

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Bathrooms and bedrooms are generally spaces that we want to feel calm and restful. Paler or muted versions of an accent colour work well in these rooms. For example, you might use a bright rust colour in your living room to add some energy and, you want to continue this colour in your bedroom. You could use a pale peach or dusty pink in the bedroom and, this will tie the colour scheme together. To keep the look cohesive include other finishes and colours that you have used in the living room.

You don’t have to use all the colours in every room. You may choose one accent to use in your bathroom and another in your ensuite. Just make sure you have some consistency in colour and finishes throughout your home.

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You can vary the accents within a colour family. What I mean by this is if you have chosen a navy blue accent, you can use a blue/green in another room and a paler blue or a mix of both.

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Decorating with accents can be lots of fun. Don’t get too bogged down by rules, go with what looks and feels right to you.

If you are struggling to find the perfect accent colours for your home, comment below and I will give you some ideas.

Until next time,

Happy Decorating


17 March 2020

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