Room Accents Buying Guide
Picking out a great color scheme can be the defining factor in any living space. If you’re unsure of where to start, you can get inspiration for your current color scheme or from the largest pattern already present in the space. Let’s say you have a vibrant and patterned upholstery, rug or piece of artwork that you’ve held on to for years, or it’s something you have come across at the flea market or home goods store. No matter the place of origin, use this item to pull colors for your color scheme. The more diverse and intricate the pattern or art piece, the more colors you’ll be able to pull out to use on the room.
Want to give your home a designer touch without breaking the bank? A simple way to achieve this without much risk would be to use darker colors on the floor and lower level items, medium colors for the walls and lighter values for the ceilings.
Take things back to the basics and consult a color wheel if you’re unsure of where you want your color scheme to go. In most cases, analog colors — colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel such as yellow and orange — can be felt as more casual and relaxing as opposed to complementary colors — colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Using these basic color combinations can be a good strategy when choosing colors and accent pieces for the bedroom, a space where you want to rest and recover.
Taking your color scheme into consideration may be one of the first places you look to when you begin to look for an accent chair. Think about the space and if you want the chair to pop out of the color landscape and stand out as a focal point. On the other hand, you may want a chair that blends into the background and feels more “apart of” the room. How you want to integrate the chair is going to help you decide on if you want something vibrant or something a little easier on the eyes.
If you’re looking for that extra wow factor, think about allowing your accent color to appear in 1-2 other places in the space. Even if it’s in something small like a piece of artwork or a throw pillow.
Area rugs tend to cause homeowners and professional decorators a bit of a headache. The right rug can finish a space to perfection, whereas the wrong one can make a room feel crowded or awkward. Area rugs don’t come cheap either, so considering the expense you’re going to commit to, selecting the right rug is something you want to get right.
When picking any accent piece, the first thing you’re going to want to start with is the color. If you already have a concentrated amount of color and pattern in the surrounding furnishings, consider a single, neutral-color rug or one in a shade that compliments (not distracts) from your other furnishings.
The rug you end up choosing will read as one of the largest pieces of “furniture” in the space, so it should be regarded as such when it comes time to making design and budget choices in the planning process. Do what feels right, and don’t be afraid to take a risk with a rug. A boldly patterned or vibrant colored rug can be just the thing you need to elevate your room to the next level.