Adding Accent Color to a Room

Adding color to a room with accents can be a lot of fun. The standard interior decorating rule is 60-30-10, with 60% of the space in a dominant color, 30% in a secondary color, and 10% in an accent color. The main colors in large spaces are often neutrals such as beige/brown, gray/off-white, white/beige, and we rely upon accent colors to inject some life and personality to our spaces. If you use much more than 20% in a bold accent color, it can seem overdone.

Accent colors

Flow the accent color evenly throughout the room, and  from room to room by adding pops of it in other rooms in the house.


Modern Abstract Ready to Hang Stretched Canvas Oil PaintingLinon Home Decor Simon Club Chair, RedHoward Elliott Collection Contemporary Vase Sculpture, Bright Red Lacquer

American Atelier Blossom Branch 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, RedLippa Dining ChairEucalyptus Stoneware American Made Ceramic Bread and Fruit Basket, Oval red


ITALMODERN Radinka Round Glass Table yellowSkyline Furniture Walnut Hill Storage Bench in Gerber FabricFiesta 9 5-8-Inch Medium Vase, Sunflower

KOHLER K-2833-J14 Demilav Wading Pool Bathroom Sink, Piccadilly YellowInterDesign Stripz Microfiber Bath Rug yellowInterDesign Zeno Waterproof Shower Curtain yellow


Skyline Furniture Swoop Arm Chair in Velvet Aubergine5' x 8' Rectangle Violet Orchid Oscar Isberian Rugs Designer Area RugIittala Birds By Toikka Glass Bird, Puffball, LilacArtToFrames Collage Photo Frame Single Mat with 5 Openings and Satin Black Frame.

InterDesign Shower Curtain, 72 by 72-Inch, Gray-Orchid, ChevronU.S. Polo Assn. Bath TowelInterDesign Spa Mono 11-Liter Can, Chianti


Metal Hall Tree (Orange) (65.25 inch H x 17.25 inchW x 15.75 inch D)Waterhog Fall Day Boot TrayAdeco [VS0001] Decorative Wood Vase - 12 Inch, Orange

Squish Southwest Mexican Fiesta Stripe Design Cotton Tablecloth - Red, Blue YellowCal Lighting PNL-1046-6-RU Orange Pendant With Smoky Outer GlassFiesta 4-Piece Place Setting Tangerine


Lush Decor Prima PanelsBird Lidded Jar Apple GreenChezmoi Collection 8-Piece Soft Microfiber Reversible White Green Leaf-Stripe Bed in a Bag Comforter with Sheet Set, King

Bodum 16-Ounce Pavina Glasses with Silicone Grip , Set of 4 (Lime Green)12-Inch Green Earth Wok by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)Minimalist Lime Green on White Round 8-inch Non Ticking Ultra Silent Wall Clock


16 inch Pink Cotton Rope Pouf OttomanDecorative Special Embroidery Flower & Bird Floral Throw Pillow COVER 20x12inch PinkMohawk Home Ziggidy Rug

InterDesign Damask Shower Curtain, Hot Pink, 72-Inch by 72-InchSoapDiamond-A Ring In Every SoapSALBAKOS 8-Piece Classic Turkish Towels Set, Pink


Lexmod Rocker Lounge Chair bluePillow Perfect Decorative Damask Square Toss Pillow, Blue WhiteSantin Art- 100% Hand-painted Free Shipping Wood Framed Blue Mechanism High Q. Wall Decor Modern canvas art Abstract Oil Paintings on Canvas wall art 3pcs set

Simple Designs LT2005-BLU Stonies Small Stone Look Table Lamp, BlueMizone Libra Coverlet SetRMP Mid Century Industrial Nightstand End TableKikkerland Retro Alarm Clock, Blue

Easy places to inject color

Living room

  • accent chairs
  • lampshades
  • pillows
  • rugs
  • throws
  • picture frames
  • vases and other table accessories
  • art or other wall accessories
  • wall paint
  • wallpaper
  • drapes
  • lighting

Other rooms

  • place mats
  • utensils
  • dishes
  • sink
  • bedding
  • headboard
  • towels
  • shower curtain
  • door paint
  • shelving

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