Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or are looking to spruce up your existing space, color is (maybe surprisingly!) the easiest way to add decorative creativity and warmth. The concept of bright color and bold patterns may seem scary at first, but the best part about using color as an accent in interior design is that there are no set-in-stone rules. When it comes to these stylistic accents, the options are endless, and there are only a few guidelines to hold in mind to ensure your home stays chic and tasteful.
The 60-30-10 Rule
One of the best ways to ensure that color stays an accent instead of a show-stealer is through the 60-30-10 rule. This simple guideline reminds decorators to keep 60% of a room the primary color, 30% of the room a secondary color, and 10% a pop of color, print, or more vibrant accent. With this easy formula in mind, it will be difficult to get carried away with too much of one color, and your home will be balanced and stylish.
Follow the Leader
When competing colors and patterns begin to overwhelm the serene decor of your home, remember to follow the leader. Essentially, remind yourself to pull from the largest pattern or color in the room and let that accent piece guide the rest of your design. There is nothing more stylistically off-putting than pieces competing for cohesion. Instead, allow your accent throws, pillows, etc, to follow the lead of the largest accessory in the room — usually lamps, rugs, large pieces artwork, or draperies. Accents like those frame the periphery of the space, allowing room for more minor interior incorporations of color and pop.
While most interior decorators opt for uniformity of wall paint, one of the easiest ways to make a statement in your home is through an accent wall. This doesn’t mean a fourth of your living room needs to be coated in eccentric wall paper in order to be chic, but rather, pull inspiration from other parts of the space. Maybe follow the leading pattern piece in the room, like the rug or artwork.
Moving the Color Along
One of the biggest problems with pops of color in the home is the “randomness factor,” meaning that many accents clash with the overall aesthetic. This can be easily remedied with just a bit more attention to color detail. For example, if the rug in the living room has greens blues, creams and tans, and you use blue as your accent in the living room, bring that blue into the kitchen space, and perhaps incorporate green somewhere into the more minor home spaces or bathrooms. It might sound obvious, but weaving these complementing colors will produce a psychological and design flow throughout the home.
Green with Envy
This year has brought decorative succulents and terrariums into the spotlight, taking their place as one of the simplest and most impactful ways to bring color (and life!) into the home. With the modern emphasis on serene decors rooted in white, grey, tan, and cream, trend-savvy interior decorators are increasingly turning to the beautiful greens of nature for their pops of color . These accents are temporary, bright and classic ways to bring a special touch into your home.