The Underappreciated Power of Accents

If you’re looking to add some flair to your home or just generally shake things up a bit, then you need to look into the power of a couple powerful accents. By using our powerful color matching tool and free corresponding app, you can find out of whether or not an accent piece will work for your home anywhere, anytime.

Using Accents in Your Home’s Design

Often, we find that homeowners are in one of two camps: Either afraid to use vivid colors for how they might look with the colors they already have in a room or the complete opposite, bombarding anyone that comes in with bright and loud pieces. Finding that balance can add major value to your home and design, while failing to do can leave your house feeling flat and uninteresting.

Accent is Intentionally Vague

The accents that are right for your home can, and should, come in many forms. Some rooms can be entirely defined by a single lamp and the curtains hanging in front of a bay window, while others may use an entire accent wall to boldly draw the eye to a specific color and pattern. It is important that you realize that an accent is just an element that complements the more prominent design, effectively amplifying its impact without taking anything away from it.

Color, Pattern, Texture

The basis of stylistic interior design is built upon the three pillars of color, pattern and texture. These basic elements should be at the forefront of your thought process as you attempt to pick the best accent pieces to put in your home. The interaction of these three pillars make the difference between a space that feels intentional and one that feels incomplete or chaotic. Read on to learn a little about the basics for each of these powerful design features!


The right accent will use a color that boldly complements or contrasts other colors in the room. Ideally, this color should match the most common color (such as the paint on the largest wall) or simultaneously contrast many colors in the room. While this sounds easier said than done, you can quickly, easily, and accurately pick a contrasting color using the Color Muse color matching tool.


Perhaps most difficult to understand is pattern, largely because matching patterns is largely contradictory. Sometimes the same pattern works on multiple pieces of furniture, while other situations benefit from staggering patterns. The general rule of thumb is to either stick to one pattern across multiple colors or one color across multiple patterns - in either case, be sure to leave plenty of non-patterned items to provide relief to the eye and make patterns pop!


Similar to pattern, textures play a large role in how your room will appear. Using texture correctly is all about paying attention to how light reflects off of the elements in the room. For instance, a shiny hardwood floor will not stand out at all with similarly-colored leather furniture atop it, but that same furniture can do wonders for a non-reflective carpet or large area rug. Keep it simple by layering your textures to keep similarly-textured elements from touching.

How to Go About This

If you’re a little lost about where to start, don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. Begin with the room as it already is, or with the elements you’ve decided upon if you’re starting somewhat from scratch. From there, it’s a simple matter of working backward from what you already have, ensuring that colors, patterns, and textures match or contrast the element. In our previous blog, we touched a bit on building a color palette - apply some of those tips and tricks to make a color palette for an area of your home, then build elements that work within that. By using our paint color matching tool, you can be sure that your home’s various colors work well with one another by keeping them safely catalogued in our free app. Simply use your Color Muse to scan colors you’ve decided upon, then use our app to compare those to other colors or shop for matching products online!

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