How to Choose An Accent Color

Color is powerful. It can impact how you feel, simply by being surrounded by it. It makes spaces feel larger or smaller. And it creates a mood, especially when combined with other colors. That’s probably why choosing colors for your home can feel like such a daunting task. The wonderful thing about accent colors is that they can provide a quick update based on your mood and current taste. They also can be changed out on a whim.

Choosing an accent color should be fun. Here are five tips to get you started:

1. Think About The Colors You Love

Look at a favorite piece of clothing, a beloved work of art, or a cherished memento. Do you notice any colors that you’re drawn to in subtle ways? Pull color inspiration from those things around you.

2. Choose Complementary Colors

Base your accent color choice off of the main colors in your room. Complementary colors are those that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green, or blue and orange. These colors naturally work well together, and you can consider them in any of their shades.

3. Choose Analogous Colors

You can also choose an accent by choosing a color that’s next to your main room color on the color wheel, such as red and orange or green and blue. Combining these colors creates a sense of harmony and can enhance a mood.

4. Take Inspiration from the Season

Accent colors can help bridge your home to the current season. In spring, look to the colors of flowers or the greenery that’s blooming all around you. Summer is the time to celebrate the warm sun or vacation memories; go all in with aqua blue or warm yellow. Fall is rich with the changing colors of the earth, such as deep reds and muddy browns. And use winter’s icy tons or holiday spirit to inspire accent colors in your décor.

5. Choose a Subtle Variation

Finally, you can choose a subtle variation of a color that’s already in your room as an accent. This is a good option if you want to emulate the sophistication of a monochromatic space. For example, choose a darker shade of gray or taupe. The subtle color change enhances your room.

How to Choose The Right Shade Of Red

One of the hot colors in home design for 2018 is red. Using it, however, can be a little tricky. A little can go a long way, and less is definitely more. The most important thing to do is find the right shade. The design experts at HGTV say your style will dictate the correct one.

 

Contemporary. If your style is contemporary, use neutral basics with pops of red. Paint the door a bold, bright red. Then inside use accessories such as an accent chair, pillows, rugs or throws in red.

Modern Rug

Modern. If your style is modern, your home will probably be designed around several primary colors. The best red for this décor is one that has burgundy or brown undertones. Make a statement on your front door with any shade of red then infuse the color in your interiors through a painting, graphic rug or work of art.

Rustic Red

Rustic. Rustic design loves red, especially shades found in the country. Paint your front door barn red then accessorize your interior with brick, apple or poppy shades.

 

Traditional. If your home is traditional, stay away from primary reds and move to burgundy tones. Paint your door a deep, rich red. Then use darker reds inside in traditional pieces such as Oriental rugs.

Which red are you?

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

The global color experts from Pantone have named the 2018 Color of the Year, and it’s a dramatic one. Ultra Violet “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

 

Inspiration for this color comes from musical icons such as Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix, who brought shades of Ultra Violet with their artistic expressions. In interiors, Pantone can “transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, piece of art, or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness.”

 

Be on trend by incorporating one of these fun furnishings in Ultra Violet—they all ship for free!

 

Imagine a pop of Ultra Violet in your living room or bedroom with this fun accent chair.

 

Be on trend in your office with an Ultra Violet desk chair.

 

 

Add some energy to your bedroom with an Ultra Violet Comforter set.

 

Add a pop of Ultra Violet in any room with this colorful table lamp.

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore recently introduced its 2018 Color of the Year, and it’s a perfect shade for waking up the holiday season and ringing in the New Year.

 

“Caliente is the signature color of a modern architectural masterpiece; a lush carpet rolled out for a grand arrival; the assured backdrop for a book-lined library; a powerful first impression on a glossy front door. The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality,” says Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co.

 

Here are a four ways to use it:

  1. Evoke a sense of nostalgia by adding Caliente to classic farmhouse style.
  2. Combine Caliente with lighter reds and pinks to bring minimalism to life.
  3. Add Caliente to warm weathered woods and misty ocean grays and greens for a serene seaside retreat.
  4. Mix Caliente with deep gray to bring depth and energy to a space.