Interior Design: How to Add Accents With Paint Colors

Many of us play it safe with our choice of color schemes especially when making big purchases such as carpets and sofas. And it is true that a mistake with these is expensive to put right so neutral may be your best option if you are unsure about color. But when it comes to paint you can be a little braver because paint is so inexpensive to buy and so easy to paint over if you don’t like the result. And if your color scheme is too neutral (i.e. is looking a little dull) you can add some wonderful accents very easily with a simple choice in paint color. Here is how you can do that:-
1. Add a Contrast Wall
If you are not confident enough to paint your whole room in a dramatic shade then paint one accent wall. This can actually work better than painting the whole room anyway. A purple room is overpowering. A room with three cream walls and one purple one enhanced with few other purple accessories such as a few cushions and a purple rug can look wonderfully contemporary.
2. Add a Stripe or Two
You can paint vertical stripes to make a room with a low ceiling seem higher or a couple of wide bands of color around plain walls to add a fun element. You can then pick up the colors of the stripes with your curtains, cushions and rugs to tie the color scheme of the room together. You can choose a single color for your stripes or add a different effect using a few colors. In general thin stripes in bright colors give a young fun effect, while broad bands of muted colors are more sophisticated. Pick out colors from the other elements in the room.
3. Pick out Architectural Features
If you have an old house you may be lucky to have interesting framework around doors and windows and even beautiful ornate plasterwork on your ceiling. Use a color to pick out the details and then repeat it elsewhere. This works best if you are quite subtle in your color choices. For example, you can pick out the details in the architectural features in a pale honey color right next to a white or cream ceiling and walls and then repeat the honey color in window curtains, carpets or wooden flooring.
4. Paint a Piece of Furniture
If you have old (not antique) furniture you can paint it in an unusual color to add color accents to your room and to make disparate pieces go well together. You can then use these colors in other items too. For a fun look for a child’s bedroom you can even paint each drawer of a chest in a different color (pastels or brights depending on the room scheme) and this is a wonderful way of adding color as well as updating old furniture that has passed its best.