Using Color for Accent

by Karen Bates
(last updated February 14, 2014)

The way you decorate your home can have a huge impact on you and those living there. The decorations you choose, decorating themes, and paint colors say a lot about you and your unique personality.

There are many ways that you can express creativity through your home, and the colors you choose to use in your home can have a huge affect on the look and feel of an area as well as your mood. By using colors in certain ways, you can create a distinct atmosphere where you will enjoy living.

Using colors to accent areas of your home is the perfect way to create a bold statement in a room. Color accents are areas of a room that add interest to the main color scheme. Using accent colors can make a boring room look more exciting by adding depth to the area. You can use bold colors to contrast one another vividly, or more subdued tones to add just a splash of change.

If you think you home could benefit from added accent colors, these ideas might help you get started:

  • One of the best ways to create a fun look with accent colors is with paint. For example, you could paint one wall in a room a color that compliments the main color of the area. Or, paint a wooden chair or table in your accent color to add a bold look to the room. Use an accent color to paint trim on your walls or a door in your home. There are so many possibilities for you to try!
  • Use a decorative object to add accent colors. For example, if you have black furniture, you might place a few red or gray pillows on your sofa and chairs to add an accent color. Or, if the main color in a room is green, use some brown accents like a throw blanket over a chair or a rug in the center of the room.
  • Adorn your walls and shelves with art that showcases your accent colors. These will draw interest and will really bring out the personality of an area.

Adding accent colors to your home's decor is an easy but fun way to add style and excitement to your living space. Use a color wheel to help you choose the right colors to accent areas in your home, and to allow you to avoid clashing or ugly color combinations.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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