How to Use Accent Colors

Accent colors are the exclamation marks of interior design. Broadly used in interior painting, they can draw attention, add drama, lighten up the atmosphere, bring out some of your personality, or turn the eyes to a point where they would never turn to if it wasn’t for the accent color.

To make sure accent colors fulfill your goals, you need to use them correctly. Naturally, there are no wrong and right things when it comes to a painting service. Your home, your taste, your rules! But if you really want to use accent colors as a means to an end, you need to know how to do that.

What are accent colors, anyway?

How to Use Accent ColorsAccent colors are hues that stand out in a room against the dominant color scheme. Whether they are lighter or darker than the dominant color is indifferent. That’s actually your choice. Lighter hues make the atmosphere more subtle, serene, and often playful. Darker hues usually add drama.

While the base color acts as the foundation, the accent color comes to make an impact. It comes to accentuate the feeling you want to create. For this reason, the color you use is vital. It determines the room’s overall feel and defines its mood – traditional, happy, clean, and more.

Before you use accent colors, work on the base color

Since accent colors are used to create focal points and make a statement, the base color should be uniform. With one base color – preferably neutral, the accent color stands out, taking center stage.

How to Use Accent ColorsAccent color painting ideas

 1.        One wall painting accent. The most common way to use accent color is to paint one wall in a room a different color from the rest of the walls in the room.

 2.        Wall trim painting accent. If there are architectural details in your home, like wall trimming, you can paint them with an accent color. The trim’s accent color will come in contrast with the wall’s color, maximizing both drama and interest.

3.         Accent spread across the room. In a room with one base color, you can use an accent color on various surfaces to create a two-tone painting room. For example, you can use the same accent color for the window casing, door casing, baseboards, and other moldings in the room.

4.         Contrast colors with accent painting. Speaking of moldings, they can be painted with an accent color that will contrast the interior’s foundation color for the purpose of enhancing depth and drawing attention to the architectural details while adding drama. Contrast colors create a crisp feeling and, at the same time, add energy to the room.

5.         Accent colors used to create zones. Accent colors can be used to create activity zones in open-plan homes. Also, to define specific zones in a room, like painting a wall behind a cabinet or piano.

6.         Use accent colors to create depth. While depth is achieved by using the right color scheme – often dark hues, accent colors could help in long corridors and hidden corners. While the chosen color always plays a role, accent hues can help you add drama or make space look larger.

How to Use Accent ColorsTips & tricks to make accent colors work

a.         Always use small doses of accent colors. Two accent colors in one room will only battle, begging for attention.

b.         All colors can be accent colors. But not all accent colors are ideal for all rooms. Although there are no rules, it’s best to choose accent colors primarily because they match the overall style of the specific room, perfectly blend in the existing color scheme, and make the statement you want to make.

c.        Although we talk about accent colors, accents may take the form of wallpaper or covering a wall with brick or stone – if we are talking about wall painting and decoration. Beautifully painted furniture or an antique may also act as an accent in a room. That’s to say that you should consider a room’s contents before you consider using accent colors to avoid overwhelming the space. Don’t forget that when too many accents are gathered in one room, they are not accents anymore.

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