Why use an accent color?
An accent color emphasizes your color scheme. It creates depth, rhythm, and interest in a space. And the best part is? You define your accent colors.
But what if I don’t know how to do that?
I am fully aware that just picking a damn paint color can be stressful. Now I’m saying to add in more color?!
But, you’re in luck. I’m going to share a design secret with you that will save you time when creating a color scheme for your home and any individual room. This tool will come in handy when you’re out shopping for all of the additional items that we layer into a space such as pillows, throws, area rugs, wall decor, and accessories.
And here it is:
Use an accent color bank.
What the hell is that?
An accent color bank is choosing a minimum of 2-3 colors that you will repeat throughout your home.
Start your bank by looking at what you already have in your home. What colors seem to be a common theme throughout your house?
Walk around Homegoods or Target or browse Pinterest and see what colors you’re drawn to. Don’t be afraid to take pictures while out and about of items that inspire you. It could be a flower, a car, someone’s shoes, a notebook. It could be anything.
Pay close attention to what colors you’re naturally drawn to.
Trim the fat.
Once you’ve collected some inspiration, sort through your pictures and pins and find the 2-3 colors that repeat time and time again. If you’re having any trouble seeing them, I suggest creating a mood board and looking at them all together.
Your entire home will not be limited to these 2-3 colors, so don’t stress if there’s another color that shows up a few times that you love, but maybe wouldn’t have a place in many areas of your home.
Select the colors for your bank as ones that you could see used in almost every space in your home. These colors in your bank should be able to look great with your wall colors (or future wall colors).
Personally, I love a neutral wall because then my accent colors can literally be anything I want. If you love a bold wall, don’t be afraid to incorporate a neutral color into your accents.
Take the other colors that you loved but didn’t make the cut for your bank, and put those aside. We’ll call those secondary accent colors and talk about those more in a minute.
Ok, have those colors now?
Let’s start using them.
The goal here is continuity. You do not have to use all of the colors in your bank in every single room. While you certainly can use them all if you’d like, you really only need 1-2 as a base in each room.
If just using your accent color bank works in one room, then you’re done! Don’t limit yourself to this in every room though, because it will not create the visual interest or rhythm that will give your home that depth and interest.
So here’s what to do:
Once you have your base accent color(s) selected, now is where we layer in those secondary accent colors.
For example, if your two accent colors in your bank are mint and lavender, then make sure at least one of these is present in each room where you are trying to achieve continuity.
Your living room may use both mint and lavender and you add in some navy blue. Your kitchen may use mint and yellow and your dining room may use lavender, a soft grey-orange, and a muted green.
Have fun with your accent colors and try new things. They don’t have to be bold or completely out of your comfort zone, but sometimes a color that isn’t particularly your favorite may work well in small doses in a room in your home.
Secondary colors should be the least stressful choices, since you can always eliminate them later if they don’t work the way you had envisioned.
Creating an accent color bank is a quick way to make design decisions within your home. Using a mood board to keep a visual of the look you’re trying to achieve will assist you in making decisions, without regret.
Not sure how to create a mood board? Join us in the community this week for our Mini training in creating mood boards.