Trends come and go and let's face it, who wants to be stuck with walls painted in 1998's colour of the year. Sure, it's easy enough to paint again, but it needs to be done properly with sanding, undercoats and paint colour selected carefully. So if repainting your room or home isn't really your thing, then accent colours may be the perfect remedy.
When referring to accent colours - they could appear in textile based items such as cushions, throws or rugs. They may also appear in the form of vases, table decoration, artwork or window furnishings.
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If you have a favourite colour, for example red, you can select items that use a red tint or use red as a base, such as musky pink or a deep burgundy. Even mixing up these tints to create some contrast can create a lovely effect in the room.
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Opposite colours can be fabulous together! A perfect example of using opposite colours that work together is seen below. Theoretically this colour scheme would be red and green combined (Christmas tinsel it is not!),however by toning down on the intensity of the red into soft pink combined with a forest green it becomes quite a lovely colour scheme. Do you agree? It's all about finding colour you love and experimenting with tints, intensities and undertones. Be bold and go for it after all, it's not like you'll need to repaint the room.
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Is the room north facing? Is it South facing? Does it have small windows or large windows?
Try to determine the amount of natural lighting your room receives and how much it changes through out the day (and night!). This can dramatically change the effect of your chosen accent or paint colour. Royal blues may turn muddy in darker light.
So called 'white paints' will most likely display their undertone in natural lighting this could mean the white paint you chose at the store resembles a creamy yellow or worse yet pale pink sorbet! If your room is dark in the mornings or dark most of the day, you may want to consider fresher, lighter colours so that natural lighting can reflect from this. Another way to help bring in the light is to place a mirror opposite a window but be cautious think about what will appear in the reflection is it a view of the neighbours work shed or garbage bins?
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If your room receives a lot of afternoon sun, the colours used may appear with a deeper, warmer intensity. This is great for those of you who love to curl up on the couch for an afternoon nap, but during Summer, this may not be the most effective way to escape the heat. Try using accent colours of soft blues and greys as this will have a cooling effect (think colour psychology). These colours will also help bring down the brightness of an overly sunny room, allowing you to feel a little more relaxed on a warm Summer afternoon.
EXTRA TIP: Try out Taubman's Colour Galaxy tool. It will help you select a colour from a photo you've taken and they'll even send out a sample brushed out piece for you to 'try before you buy'. Perfect to idea to compare in various lighting and rooms!
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Lights are a fabulous way to create an atmosphere in room. Warm, yellow lights are best for areas of relaxation or rest. Brighter, whiter lights are great for task lighting such as a home office or the laundry that we all love to work in (note the sarcasm). LED strip lighting is fantastic for under bench lighting, perhaps in a kitchen or in bathroom. They can create a sense of direction while simultaneously being almost a 'statement' piece. There are many options around, such as multi coloured LED, ones with circuit lighting (yes you can have Christmas light effect in your bathroom if that's your thing), strips that can be concealed within a groove or ones that are 'stick on' styles.
Pendant lights are also available in countless sizes, styles and pricing. When choosing a pendant light, consider the 'drop' that it will be positioned at Is it too high and doesn't provide enough light? Or is too low and will someone bump into it? It's also handy to find out ahead of time, what the recommended room area is for that particular pendant lighting - the sales person or manufacturer should be able to advise you on this. Then of course, there is the type of globe options. To put it very simply there is warm or cool lighting however there are various wattages, and lo and behold there are differences depending on the brand you choose (despite the specifications being the same) don't worry, we'll save the 'light globe' explanation for another blog post!
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Lamps are also another fantastic way to bring in lighting into a room. However, they can be a little trickier to choose than a pendant light. You will need to decide whether or not the lamp is for 'mood' or for 'task' lighting. This will determine the material used on the lampshade. A more opaque shade will allow diffused light to filter through and create a softer glow.
A lampshade that is transparent is better suited for task lighting, preferably behind one's shoulder (and a touch higher) if used for reading. A guideline to follow is to choose a lampshade that has consistency in it's base and the table that it's sitting on eg a circular lamp shade, should be paired with a circular base on a curved table. It's not always the case and there are exceptions, but it's a helpful rule of thumb to follow. One more tiny tip that we all seem to oversee when choosing a lampshade, is to think about it's location. How far will it project from it's base location? Will you knock it every time you walk past? Try to ensure that the 'shade' part doesn't exceed the base of the table.
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The last and very simple tip to bring ambience into your room are candles oh yes the humble candle. Cluster them up and create a central focal pint in the middle. This will form a lovely 'candle' vignette. You can group them in colours or sizes to start with, then you can start experimenting. Place them in various points around the room, and don't be afraid to use them in candlestick holders - always such a classy look! Please remember to ensure they are NEVER left alone or with children and please keep them away from any fabric or material.
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That's about it, 3 simple tips to get you started on that gorgeous room of yours.
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