How to Choose Accent Colors for Any Room
- 1). Know the basics:
Cool colors such as blue, purple, blue-purple, green, blue-green, and yellow-green will pop and stand out when placed with warmer colors such as reddish-purple, red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, and yellow.
Putting cool colors with cool colors or warm colors with warm colors will cause the colors to blend in with each other and not catch your eye as much.
Lightness and darkness of a color also makes a difference in which shades of other colors to use. The general rule is that with darker colors, lighter colors will stand out, and with lighter colors, darker colors will stand out.
It is important to know if you like a lot of contrast when picking out your colors. It is also good to know how you want your room to feel. Here are some of the ways color influences your mood.
Orange: happy color, frees emotions, helps self esteem, and is warm and energizing.
Purple: creates luxurious feel and if used as lighter shade said to create soothing and romantic feelings.
Brown: earthy warm feel but can become heavy depending on the shade.
Yellow: cheerful color that helps alertness. Too bright can cause restlessness. Also said to stimulate hunger.
Red: can be related with vitality or violence. Darker tones create richness.
Blue: creates calm and clean feel. Used without discretion can cause uneasiness and melancholia.
Green: creates a feel of balance and peace. It is a restful color.
- 2). Decide what color of room you have: is it blue, blue-green, blue-purple, purple, green, yellow, reddish-purple, red, orange-yellow, red-orange, orange, or yellow-green. Here are descriptions of these colors to help you decide:
Yellow-green would be colors like sage, lime, olive drab, and dark olive green.
Blue-green would be like the colors sea green, aquamarine, azure, cadet blue, cyan, turquoise, or teal.
Green is more like forest green, spring green, honeydew, pale green, and lawn green.
Blue is like sky blue, cornflower blue, gray blue, steel blue, royal blue, dodger blue, and navy blue.
Blue purples are colors like lavender, slate blue, indigo, or the wood stain canyon gray.
Purple is like royal purple, dark orcid (not medium), or even brown can also be classified as purple; these browns are like the wood stains: coffee brown, ebony, and dark or natural walnut.
Reds are like pink, fire brick, Indian red, rose, cherry wood, or light mahogany wood.
Red-Orange would be colors like saddle brown, sienna, salmon, coral, tomato, and the wood stains Ipswich pine, russet, light cherry, or maple.
Reddish purples are like magenta, deep pinks, plum, thistle, medium orchid, orchid, maroon, and the wood stain cabernet or walnut.
Yellow-orange is colors like golden rod, gold, lemon chiffon, corn silk, tan, dark gold, light peach, or natural wood stains.
Orange can be colors like medium peach, dark golden rod, wheat, old lace, navajo white, blanched almond, antique white, burly wood, bisque, orange, tan, sandy brown, chocolate, rubbed bronze, and wood colors like colonial maple, fruitwood, or golden oak.
Yellow can be light oak, ivory, beige, golden rod yellow, khaki, olive, or unpainted or stained wicker.
Off white is a floor or color that is mainly white but has shades of different colors in it, preferably shades of color that matches the colors in the room.
Brown can either be classified as a purple or an orange, green-orange, or green-orange depending on the shade. If it is more reddish brown, than place it in one of the orange categories.
- 3). Pick your first color to go with the color of your room.
This step had to be split up, so it continues on step 4.
You should choose your color out of a color scheme. If you already have a color, such as your floor color, that you cannot change, you should find that color in the following options. All the available color schemes are listed below.
Note: White, Grey, and Black can be included in EVERY color scheme.
For Blue Room:
Option 1: orange, red-orange, and yellow-orange.
Option 2: yellow and red.
Option 3: purple (violet), orange, and yellow.
Option 4: reddish-purple, orange, and yellow-green.
Option 5: green, blue-green, blue-purple, purple.
Option 6: light blue, dark blue, medium blue, blue-gray.
For Blue-Green Room:
Option 1: red, red-orange, and orange.
Option 2: reddish-purple, and yellow-orange.
Option 3: purple, red-orange, and yellow.
Option 4: yellow-orange, red-orange, and bluish-purple.
Option 5: green and blue.
Option 6: light blue-green, dark blue-green, and medium blue-green.
Option 1: orange, yellow-orange, and yellow.
Option 2: red-orange and yellow-green.
Option 3: red, yellow-orange, and green.
Option 4: yellow-green, yellow-orange, and reddish-purple.
Option 5: purple and blue.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark blue-purple.
Option 1: reddish purple, red, and red-orange.
Option 2: orange and purple.
Option 3: blue, red, and orange.
Option 4: yellow-orange, red, and blue-purple.
Option 5: blue-green and yellow green.
Option 6: light, dark, and medium green.
Option 1: yellow-orange, yellow, and yellow-green.
Option 2: orange and green.
Option 3: red-orange, yellow, and blue-green.
Option 4: red, yellow, and green.
Option 5: blue-purple and reddish-purple.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark purple.
Option 1: purple, reddish-purple, and red.
Option 2: blue-purple and red-orange.
Option 3: blue, reddish-purple, and orange.
Option 4: yellow-orange, reddish-purple, and blue-purple.
Option 5: green and yellow.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark green.
Option 1: blue-purple, purple, and reddish-purple.
Option 2: blue and red.
Option 3: blue-green, purple, and red-orange.
Option 4: orange, purple, and blue.
Option 5: yellow-green and yellow-orange.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark yellow.
- 4). Orange-Yellow:
Option 1: blue, blue-purple, and purple.
Option 2: blue-green and reddish-purple.
Option 3: green, blue-purple, and red.
Option 4: yellow-green, blue-purple, and reddish-purple.
Option 5: orange and yellow.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark yellow-orange.
Option 1: blue-green, blue, and blue-purple.
Option 2: green and purple.
Option 3: yellow-green, blue, and purple.
Option 4: yellow, blue, and purple.
Option 5: red-orange and yellow-orange.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark orange.
Option 1: green, blue-green, and blue.
Option 2: yellow-green and blue-purple.
Option 3: yellow-orange, blue-green, and blue-purple.
Option 4: yellow, blue-green, and purple.
Option 5: red and orange.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark red-orange.
Option 1: yellow-green, green, and blue-green.
Option 2: yellow and blue.
Option 3: yellow-orange, green, and blue-purple.
Option 4: orange, green, and blue.
Option 5: reddish-purple and red-orange.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark red.
Option 1: yellow, yellow-green, and green.
Option 2: yellow-orange and blue-green.
Option 3: red-orange, yellow-green, and blue-green.
Option 4: orange, yellow-green, and blue.
Option 5: purple and red.
Option 6: light, medium, and dark reddish-purple.
When picking this color, keep in mind that you want two more main colors (besides blue unless doing a totally blue room). These colors will be the base of your room and should be put in one of these areas: floor, trim, curtains, ceiling, sofas, fireplace, large area rug, furniture, or other large pieces
- 5). Pick the second color you want to use out of the same color scheme as the color you picked in step 3. This color should also be one of the main colors in the room. It usually would go with the sofa, curtains, or other furniture in the room, assuming your first color choice was for the floors.
For example: If I had a Blue Room and Orange floor than I would pick another color out of option 1, 2, or 4.
- 6). Pick out a third and fourth color if desired. These colors should be in the same color scheme as your first two colors and should be used on small items such as pillows, flowers, or picture frames. All the colors in a color scheme do not need to be used.
- 7). Once you get familiar with the color schemes you can mix a few of them. Option 6 can be combined with any option under that color and option 5 can be combined with options 1 and 2.
Add scents to liven up a room and enhance the color. Use citrus for orange rooms, clean scent or ocean for blue rooms, apple for red rooms, etc.