Choosing the Right Accent Color for Your Living Room

One of the top interior design tips that many people abide by is choose neutral colors and then add accent colors to give the space character and personality. The ins and outs of how to accomplish this are a little more difficult. Theory is great but execution is where the real value lies.

So, if you’re reading this blog and you’re in the process of selecting your ideal accent color and would like some helpful hints on how to implement that color into your current home design scheme, you’re in luck!

Picking the Color

There are some simple questions you can ask yourself to help you determine what color you’d like to use.

Question #1: What’s your favorite color/what colors do you really like?

Not everyone’s favorite color would look great. Some colors just don’t make great accent colors and that’s okay. I’m sure you can find other colors that would work well.

Question #2: How do you want people to feel when they come into your home?

There are certain colors that influence people in certain ways. Yellow is a color often associated with happiness and fun. Mints and blues are often considered relaxing colors. Bright oranges, corals and other colors like that are very cute and I think give off a very exciting innovative vibe. Identify how you’d like people to feel and then determine if there are certain colors that accomplish that better than others.

Questions #3: What’s popular?

This might take some research but luckily HGTV and other channels are filled with people who have excellent taste. You may lean towards some designer’s styles. For example, not everyone cares for modern or farmhouse taste. You have to kind of determine what styles you like and then see what colors those designers.

How to Implement

There are certain ratios that I recommend you try to keep your accent colors within. Once you’ve selected the color that you’d like to use, don’t go overboard. Don’t have 50% of your room be coral or mint. I’d recommend using the color sparingly, no more than 25% of the room should be the color. I’d also say that 25% is on the extremely high end as well. 10-25% is a good ratio to stay within.


Throw pillows are a great way to add that dash of color to a room. They’re generally inexpensive and come in pretty much any color you can imagine. You may need to do some searching but this is a great option to get started!

Accent Chairs

I love single color accent chairs. It doesn’t have to match the other furniture in the room for it to still look great. In fact, I try to find chairs that are made of similar fabric to be able to be tied into the other furniture but have it be slightly different in shape. That just makes it stand out even more.


There are great companies in your area that can help you find the perfect blinds for your home. Curtains come in so many colors and fabrics. Chances are no matter the color you’ve chosen your local Hunter Douglas dealers can help you find what you need!

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