My article on 7 steps to build your entire house color palette focused on selecting wall colors, but a full house color scheme always takes accent colors into account. A little preparation and purpose behind your accent colors, just like with your wall colors, contributes to a home with better visual flow and simpler decoration. Accent colors on paintings, lighting, textiles, and sometimes furniture are used throughout a house. A well-defined color palette of accent will help you feel unified at home. The use of accent colors to maximum effect, minimal effort (and less color decision-making anxiety) has 3 must-know concepts.
3 Accent Concepts of Colour:
1. Use a small range of colors of accent throughout your home. To make a room bright, you don't need a lot of different colors. It makes your home work by unifying accent colors through rooms. It also makes it easy to redecorate as accessories can be moved between rooms. With this idea in mind, make sure that they can be used in at least 3 different rooms while considering new accents. Choosing accents that operate in more than one location can give you the power to live in your house.
2. The key accent color in a room must appear at least three times in different areas of the room in order to look intentionally and draw the eye around the room. Not limited to small accessories, the accent color can also be used on upholstery, painted furniture, and art.
3. It is best to stick to all clean colors or all gray-out colors while selecting different colors that go well together. Clean colors (the inner circle below) are crisp and clear. Grayed out colors (the outer circle below) were muted and played down. It's more difficult to pull off matching white colors with grayed out colors, so stick to one or the other.
You can move on to selecting your accent color palette once you have your entire house color palette prepared. You can draw from this color palette together with your wall color palette when selecting accessories for your home. Accent shades are a ball game entirely different from the color of the board. You need to be livable and relatively neutral in wall colors because they cover a large surface area and are more permanent, but your accent colors may be less rigid. For tiny accents, you can have more fun and take more chances. Yet note, you still have a limited range of fun to describe.
Color depends on a variety of factors. I try to tell my clients to spend as much time as possible in the home before choosing a color for the walls when buying a new house. Light is very important and can dramatically change the appearance of the color on the walls. You can have the same color in two separate rooms, one of which is bright and sunny, and the other of which is a dark space.
The next step is to decide your style and what you like: a good way to help you get started is to go through magazines. When you work with a developer, this is also a very useful tool to express your dream. In my office, I keep stacks of magazines and consider them very helpful. Sometimes it's hard to articulate what you might want and the trick can really be done by a photo.
Collect samples of items you can put in the room: sofa, rug, flooring, and treatments for windows. If you start from scratch, first try to pick those items and then match the paint, matching the paint with the fabrics is much easier than the other way around.
It's time to get started now that you have these elements together. Using complementary colors in your home is very important. They may be different colors, but they have to match each other. Most paint shops now sell matching color lists, for example, throughout the house you can use a green tone, red tone or yellow tone, but they must all be in the same shade. A bright yellow wall will not match an avocado color accent, the wall would then have to be more soft beige orange, and the red hue would have to be more of a red tomato when using a green avocado.
Monochromatic color choices are also available, using the same color tints and shades. It works great in large rooms leading to a darker way through the space. The larger room would have a darker shade, and the hall would have the same color with a lighter shade.
For example, if you use a beige / gold color for a large family room and the hall splits away from the family room, you can ask the paint store to reduce the color by one hue and now the hall appears to be the same color as the den when it is finished. Monochromatic can also be used in a home, painting a darker color on the walls and matching the bedding and pillows in a lighter color hue.
Eventually, keeping in mind what the room's mood is supposed to be, hot, cool or neutral, is always relevant. You might want a dining room to be a hot color, for instance, creating intimacy. Through painting the walls with a brick color and adding hot yellows and brown highlights, you can accomplish this. A cool color will give you a sense of a larger space and a more relaxed atmosphere. Some of these colors might be cool blue, silvery gray, misty brown, shades of the sea. Then there are neutral colors that can add balance to a house, bind rooms together, and be more of a backdrop for dramatic draperies or a colorful tile or granite kitchen. Such colors may be yellow butter, rich chocolate, or a barely beige shade.
For many years, I've been dealing with paint and my last piece of good advice is to learn what kind of paint you put on your walls. You want to get good quality paint when you buy paint, particularly when you use darker colors. When you invest in high quality paint, painting the room would cost you less in time. Most high quality paint can cover a room in one or two coats, less expensive paint can take up to four coats, particularly darker colors, and that's a lot of wasted time to pay someone to paint a room. Tints or color bases are the other critical issue. Several options are available, flat, mat, eggshell, pearl, satin, semi gloss, and high gloss.
Semi gloss and high gloss are perfect around home for windows, moldings, fire places and accents like that. Most people used to use it in bathrooms and kitchens because it was easier to clean, but this is no longer necessary in your better quality paint. Equally wash the pearl, eggshell, and satin and won't have the light.
For most shades, eggshell is a nice complement and is perfect for not displaying smudges and can be washed. Mat is good for rooms that you may want to touch up with paint often, like a childs room or play room. Touching up paint that isn't a mat finish is very hard, you can almost always see where the touch up mark is. Painting can be a struggle, but in the end it's worth it. Great investment is a beautifully decorated house. A home should be an outside world haven, a place to relax, spend time and enjoy with family and friends. A beautifully decorated room will instantly change your mood. For years, a well-decorated room can last. I still ask my customers to wait for their first time to save their money to do their room or home.