By Eden Spatz
Nothing brings newness to a room like a great accent color. An easy way to refresh your room styling, accent colors bring balance even to spaces that may otherwise be eclectic. Accent colors can be a seamless update to any room plan. Here, we feature ways to design your room with bright, sunny yellow décor.
In an otherwise drably colored space, these yellow accent pieces instantly brighten and define the room’s style. With just five simple and relatively inexpensive items (a table clock, small area rug, two throw pillows and a floor pouf) this living room design gets a sunny lift, always be courageous with accents.
However, just because a color is used to accent doesn’t mean it has to be confined to small items or accessories. Accent colors, while not the primary color of an interior design concept, can still be executed successfully on a larger scale just by using décor items. In this living room design idea, large, uniform wall art creates an eye-catching contrast to the white space surrounding it. The coordinating sofa pillows create bold swathes of the citron yellow shade, creating a linear effect that defines the interior design as distinctly modern.
In this nursery, the interior decorator incorporated the accent color in ways both large and small. The couch is the obvious centerpiece of the space, but it is complemented with small touches of paint on the wall and shelf décor and the storage crate seen here. Using an accent color on a large piece can be tricky, but when complemented with small accents throughout the space as shown, the technique is a win.
In this modern living room design, the furniture pieces shine as the sole instance of the accent color. This technique works best against a simple, neutral background - as shown here, natural wood color dominates the room styling, which allows the yellow accents to really pop. Against a neutral background, other color pops can also be used if they are in the same saturation level as the primary accent color (as seen with the green plant colors below).
But don’t limit yourself to black and white or neutral palettes for a backdrop. Accent color décor doesn’t have to be the only color in a room design to make an impression. In the living room design pictured above, grassy green was used as the primary color and paired with yellow décor to accent the space. The key to using multiple color pops in a single space is to use either complementary colors or colors in the same saturation family. Here, both the grass green and sunny yellow are high-saturation primary colors. Experiment with color swatch combinations before committing to any purchases or design ideas.
For some, it can be challenging to live with too much intense color in their home design. Accent colors can provide a strategic splash here and there, to enliven any space or mood. When using accent color décor in your home’s interior décor, keep the age-old saying in mind: there is strength in numbers. Couple accent décor with a matching friend, or make it a group, and watch your room’s style appeal multiply. Happy decorating!
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