Spruce Up Your Space with Accent Colors

Posted July 8, 2021

Although selecting interior design colors may seem daunting at first, it does not have to be a stressful experience. There are a few ways you can implement a color palette with ease. Below, we outline how to add vibrance to any room using thoughtfully-selected accent colors.

The 60/30/10 Rule

Most designers and decorators typically follow the 60/30/10 rule when it comes to color. This means about 60 percent of your room is one main color, another 30 percent is a main accent color, and 10 percent is a secondary accent color. While this rule is a great place to start, nothing is set in stone and it’s always your home to customize. If you’ve selected your general color palette, you can start to play around with the balance of each unique color. Think about which accessories and statement pieces will be in those accent colors and balance appropriately.

Color Families

Another great place to start when searching for accent colors is by using others in the same family. If you’d like your bedspread to be a rich navy, perhaps you select a soft light blue wall color or medium blue rug. Choosing a dark, middle, and light shade from a color family helps take some of the guesswork out of coordination, while still providing variety in your design and aesthetic.

Accent With White

Accent colors don’t always have to be bold or even colorful. You can also add crisp, clean highlights to a room by using white to create interesting contrast. If you have a space that is already furnished but needs a modernizing update, this is a very simple way to refresh your room. This could mean offsetting colorful furniture or rugs with white wall paint, or swapping smaller accessories like throw pillows, lampshades, and artwork to those with white tones and textures.

Highlight Architecture

If your home has unique architectural features such as high ceilings, interior archways, or cozy built-in nooks and shelves, these can be fun areas to offset with accent colors. By creating contrast and drawing the eye towards these areas, you can add interest in one simple change. You can use the 60/30/10 rule when it comes to highlighting architectural areas, or you can make your own rules and do what feels best for your space. A dark accent color may feel too bold for an architectural feature, while a light color may not pop. Interior design is all about having fun, so pick the balance you like best.

Create Focal Zones

In the open floor plans that are popular in today’s newer builds, it can be challenging to create intentional sections of space within one large room. Accent colors can create focal zones to imply that a certain area is separate in use from others. One common way to do this is in a kitchen with an attached living and dining space. Rather than using the same, equally balanced color palate for all three areas, you may choose to have each space built around a different but complementary color. For example, perhaps your kitchen is primarily white, your dining room is a rich walnut, and your living room is a sandy taupe.

How Much is Too Much?

When it comes to creating a cohesive and calming space, the key is to stick to a certain color palate. This simplifies the process for you and your designer. However, if you love rich, bold colors and want a space that is bright and fun, let that principle guide you as well! What matters most is that the room suits its purpose and your own personal aesthetic. If you are considering a redesign or have a new home to furnish, the team at Anne Grice Interiors can help you create a space you love. Contact (970) 429-4148 to speak with a designer today!