Use the best accent colors with these tips!

accent colors

You have probably heard the name of accent colors! In fact, these colors highlight the dominant color in a space.

Let me be clear: accent colors in coloring are like a spice for a food. As without seasoning, the food is tasteless. Without an accent color is also a boring coloring.

Well, accent color is something we are going to learn more about later. Understand why it is important and how to use it!

Let’s go:

What are accent colors?

In short, accent colors make the dominant colors in a color scheme stand out and be emphasized. In fact, it does not matter if the accent color is a contrast or complement to the dominant color in the color scheme. Even the accent color can be dark and neutral.

a number of accent colors includes colors: chocolate, forest, apple, aubergine, navy, baby blue, aqua, burgundy, scarlet, canary, cerise, baby pink, grey and black
A number of accent colors

What is the importance of accent colors?

Indeed, the use of accent colors in a space or style gives it character. Sometimes this character is happy and energetic and sometimes it is formal and serious. In addition, the color of the space can be brightened with accent colors.

Also, when it comes to interior decoration, accent colors are more important. But accent colors are also used in painting and photography according to the same rules for using these colors in interior decoration. In fact, the rules for accent colors are the same, but somewhere the use is different!

color wheel to show colors that make it easier to choose accent colors.
Accent color wheel

Tips for using accent colors

In this section, I have provided you with almost all the tips and rules that you need to use accent colors on a case-by-case basis. Let’s swallow them:

Sometimes you should not be afraid to use accent colors. To do this, paint a small part of your space with accent color. If your attempt is not successful, try again.

picture of a kitchen that has painted only a small part of it, which is the door, with accent color.

Use the accent colors you have chosen in at least 2 or 3 rooms of your house. In this way, when you leave one room and enter the next room, there is no unpleasant feeling in you.

Moreover, use one or two accent colors that are pleasing to your space. So, no need to use more accent colors. Because accent color should cover only 10% of the total space.

an image of a living room in which two colors, light blue and orange, have been selected for accent colors.

In addition, pay attention to the harmony of the accent color and other colors of your choice in a space. Because, this harmony can prevent eye strain.

an image of a bedroom with accent colors of olive green and light brown that harmonize with each other.

Besides, you can paint all the walls of a room, except one, in the dominant color and paint the remaining wall in the color of your accent. Because it attracts the eye very quickly.

I said earlier that accent colors can be neutral or even dark, so you do not always have to choose bold and bright colors for the accent color.

a picture of a living room where the color of gray accent is used, which is a neutral color.

Above all, you can get a lot of help from the Dopely color wheel to find the right accent color for your space.

Finally, you can use accent color in window and ceiling painting. You can also use accent color only in decorations, furniture and utensils.

an image of a living room with accent-colored furniture

Combining common colors with accent colors

Indeed, you can create a combination of popular colors that include accent colors. But there are common color combinations according to the feeling and style you want to create, which are given below for your inspiration. Let’s see:

1. To make you feel energetic use Beige, Teal and Coral.

2. To create an eclectic feel use Red, Blue and Brown.

3. To make it feel fun use Gray, Green and Pink.

4. To create a feeling of relaxation use White, Light green and Beige.

5. To create an abnormal feeling use White, Blue and Gray.

6. For have an ultra-modern space use Gray, White and Black.

7. For have a traditional atmosphere use Brown, Dark green and Burgundy.

8. For have a classic atmosphere use Blue, White and Other soothing neutral colors.

9. For have a coastal space use Blue, Crispy white and Light brown.

10. For have an earthen space use White cream, Sage green and Beige.

Is white an accent color?

If this question has occupied your mind, I must say that the answer is yes. White is one of the neutral colors. Thus, it can be other than accent colors. If white color is the first thing that attracts your eye in a design, then white can be considered the accent color.

picture of white wall

Accent colors for gray

In fact, gray itself can be an accent color. But what if the gray color itself needs an accent color? Here, you can see the colors that go with gray and can be an accent color for gray:

  • The combination of yellow next to gray is a good choice for the entrance of the house.
  • Adding depth to a space is possible by combining maroon with pale gray.
  • Creating a combination of mid-gray and ivory creates a contemporary atmosphere.
  • Also, the mid-gray combination with mustard is also suitable for the bedroom.
  • If you want to make others feel welcome, the combination of caramel and gray is the best.
  • This is a little secret; The combination of blue and gray is always a winner.
  • After a stressful day, taking a shower will definitely relax you. If you use the combination of gentle green with charcoal gray, this relaxation will increase.
  • Love contrast? Try the combination of white, black, coral and slate gray.
picture of a gray and white wall

Accent colors for beige

It is possible to combine beige with many colors. Therefore, you can create relaxing and beautiful spaces. Of course, you should be careful not to make the space boring. You can use accent colors in combination with beige in spaces, these things will help you:

  • Burnt orange color next to beige creates lively feelings.
  • Do you love forest spaces? Try combining forest green with beige.
  • Blush pink color in combination with beige conveys the feeling of welcome to others.
  • The combination of white and gray next to beige will create a minimal space.
  • It is possible to create a contrast with the combination of beige and moss green.
  • The combination of dark beige and coral will also create an intimate atmosphere.
  • Mustard yellow, sea blue and beige colors will transform your space into a modern and new one.
  • Do you want a stylish atmosphere? Choose a combination of beige and teal.
picture of beige wall with green plants

The last word

Therefore, the most important part in the color palette of an interior decoration is the design and style, paying attention to the accent colors. So, if you pay attention to the rules of their use, you will find that they are very powerful and can convey emotions more accurately.

Accent colors are like an auxiliary force for dominant colors. In this way, they make the desired space look brighter and more energetic.

And you should never forget that accent colors are completely optional and according to your taste. What colors do you like as an accent color? Where do you use accent colors?

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It's Nazanin. For me who loves the rainbow after the rain. What could be more beautiful than writing about colors ?! Well, I'm here now, in Dopely, to share my writings about colors with you and take you with me to the world of colors!

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