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Accent Colours (how to use them) and Feature Walls

Accent Colours

There is a rule of thumb to choosing colours for a room. 60% your base colour (which more often than no lends itself to neutral cololurs), 30% secondary colour (which again is not a contrasting but rather complimentary colour - think duck egg blue, taupes. greys) and finally 10% for your accent colour.

Accent colours work well in adding interest to an otherwise neutral scheme or providing contrast to your base colour if using more bolder shades such as deep blues, reds, grey etc. 

They also help to link one room to another in a house (see the picture below as an example where your eye is lead in to the next room the red coffee table and picture frame without distracting it from the room you are in):

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Don't feel you have to go crazy with accent colours sometimes large open plan rooms can take curtains and accessories but quite often less in more. Just a couple of cushions, overhead lights and vases in a kitchen or even a simple floral arrangement in a hallway, dining room etc as in the next examples is enough to make an impact.

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Another point to bear in mind is not all accent colours have to be bold. Take a look at the next picture where the grey chair, throw and footstool are equally effective in a neutral colour scheme:

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Feature Walls

Before embarking on a feature wall think carefully about which wall to choose! This may seem obvious but many people see a large wall and decide to choose that forgetting that a feature wall instantly becomes a focal point as it draws to eye towards it. Personally I always choose a wall that it associated with another feature that you want people to look at such as a fireplace behind a roll-top bath or behind a bed.

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The interesting thing about the living room example above is that the feature wall does not have to be the dark colour. What you are after is a contrast.

Paint or wallpaper? This is more about personal preference. Paint is versatile there are lots of colours to choose from and if you don't like it then you won't have spent too much as it's easy to change back. Wallpaper allows much more creativity and therefore can create far more of an impact. It may be more expensive in most cases than paint but it will definitely make your feature wall a feature.

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To bring a feature to life you don't have to paint or paper the feature wall (in the example below) the fireplace wall itself. Papering either side of the alcove also works extremely well as does painting behind a bookcase.

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thanks for reading - Kizme