How to choose your accent colour

Balance

When choosing an accent colour in a room I naturally gravitate towards the complimentary colour system because it brings balance to a room. When studying art at college it was evident that the expert artists would pull their paintings together, bringing balance with the same complimentary colours system. Balancing warm and cold, pulling out a colour from an array of neutrals and shades, juxtaposing metallics with softer textures etc... Here is a colour wheel to help you visualise how to balance the colours in the room. You may recognise the painting on the right is one of Van Gogh's most well-known pieces of work and here we see one of the famous artists balancing the painting perfectly. Complementing the most predominant colour in the painting (indigo) with its complimentary colour (warm yellow) creates a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
Starry night 1889 Vincent Van Gogh
Similarly, in this painting of the sky by Scott Naismith he introduces amber into his painting to balance the predominant colour of sky blue, this is his accent colour.

How to introduce an accent colour…

Highlight an accent colour using a trim or tieback...
Introduce an accent colour with a contrast border...
Pull out a colour to appose the walls...
Introduce an accent colour with a contrast border horrizonally...
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