Accent color and accent lighting are as important as the various items you use to brighten up your home decor. Even if you prefer browns and natural solid wood shades, a bit of color tends to be uplifting and eye-catching. Here are some ideas on the use of accent color and accent lighting to make a difference to any room in your home.
Living Room Home Decor
The home decor used in a living room tends to be fairly conventional. This is not always the case, but if you visited 10 homes, you would likely find their living rooms to be furnished traditionally as opposed to stainless steel, chrome, glass and bright yellow decor. It is possible to use solid oak, cherry or even mahogany furniture upholstered with traditional brown, black and pastel fabrics including leather.
Even the type of deep blue or red upholstery that many like to use cannot be referred to as an accent color. Accents occur rarely, rather than as the primary color being used for a specific style of home décor. Here are some examples of genuine home accents.
Examples of Accent Color
For the purpose of example, let’s assume that your living room is decorated with a white or pastel colored ceiling, neutral walls or wallpaper and a fairly traditionally patterned or self-cooed carpet. Your sofa and chairs are upholstered in black, white or traditional brown leather, or in a neutral shade of fabric. In other words, it’s a fairly normally decorated and furnished living room.
You can then select a home accent color to offer a contrast. An accent catches the eye, and accent colors tend to be bold yellows, reds or oranges. Even a bright blue could be used as an accent but is less popular. Where bright blue would act as an accent would be in a room decorated with a yellow theme. In that case, a bright yellow would match, and would not then be an accent color while blue might be.
Reds, oranges and yellows are the most popular accent colors. So where should these appear? There are two types of accent piece, and while the meaning of the word ‘accent’ in each is the same, the way it is applied is totally different. One applies to a specific unusual type of furniture, while the other refers to a brightly colored item that immediately catches your eye. Here is how to use one accent to accentuate the other.
A bright red or orange vase containing a contrasting shade of flowers is a perfect example. You walk into a room, and your eyes are immediately drawn to a bright yellow vase with a bunch of beautiful red asters. Or perhaps an orange vase with bright yellow and white daffodils and narcissus.
Your eye is then drawn the accent furniture the vase is standing on – you can’t miss it now! A beautiful carved Moroccan table with unbelievably intricate marquetry. By the simply trick of using an accent color in an otherwise traditionally decorated room, you have been persuaded to admire the best that this room has to offer.
First impressions count, and your first impressions of the room you have just entered are extremely positive. Whether or not this was the intention of the owner of the home, it has been very successful.
Accent lighting can also be used with an accent color to draw the eye to an area of a room. Let’s use another example. You enter a room in the evening, and the lighting is muted. Many people prefer muted lighting at night to bright garish chandeliers.
Your eyes are drawn to an area lit only by a blue light. This might be blue lamps on a table or directed blue lighting from spotlights. Because it is different to the lighting in the rest of the room, you are naturally forced to look at it. You then see a wonderful large aquarium tank filled with marvelously colored fish. Some have bright orange streaks along their sides, while others have a beautiful fluorescent blue color, enhanced by the ambient lighting.
Home Accents Can Break the Ice
You are now drawn into what the owner of the house might have intended. You admire the aquarium and it becomes a topic of conversation. An ideal ice-breaker! Without the lighting, you may or may not have turned your attention to the tank, just as you may not have noticed the Moroccan table without the vase and flowers
Accent color and accent lighting are intended as just that: to accentuate something. To draw attention to it. You don’t use an accent color on your waste bin – but you do on top of your beautiful Moroccan table! Or an aquarium to break the ice with your guests!