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Interior Insights: How to Effectively Use Accents in Room Design

There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to transform a room, but sometimes it still feels like something is missing. The color is right, the lines are straight, it just needs that extra touch. The question is: how do you do it? In this article, we’re exploring the various ways to put the finishing touches on a room with the use of accents; showing you how a small change can make a big difference.

What Is an Accent?

An accent in interior design refers to elements that stand out and add character to a room. It could be a splash of color, a unique piece of furniture, or an architectural feature. Accents are used to draw the eye, create focal points, and add interest to spaces. They're particularly effective in bringing a room's decor together, providing contrast or harmony as needed.

The Simplest Option: Accent Walls


One of the easiest ways to add that extra touch to a finished room is the simple inclusion of an accent wall. An accent wall typically means painting one wall in a bold, expressive shade, creating a focal point and removing any of those monotone feelings. It’s simple and effective, but it still may not have the impact you're looking for.

Other Common Ways To Accent Interior Rooms

Let's take a look at some other good options for interior accent designs.

Trim and Chair Rail

Trim, the decorative borders in a room, can dramatically alter the look and feel of a space. Whether it's crown molding at the ceiling or baseboards along the floor, trim adds elegance and a beautiful finished quality to rooms. When painted in contrasting colors, trim can also frame a room, highlight architectural features, or even make ceilings appear higher.

A chair rail is a type of molding fixed horizontally along the wall, traditionally used to protect walls from chair backs. Today, chair rails serve as a charming decorative feature, adding a sense of proportion and an element of sophistication to any room. The right height and style of chair rail can create visual interest and divide wall colors effectively.

Wainscoting: A Timeless Touch

Wainscoting is another creative way to add texture and dimension to walls. This is a paneling available in various styles, such as beadboard, raised, or overlaid and can be an elegant addition below chair rails or as a standalone feature. Choosing the right material and color for wainscoting can have a profound impact on the room's overall appearance; both for modern and traditional homes.

The Art of Accent Lighting

Lighting is a crucial but often overlooked accent. It can be used to highlight other accents or become an accent piece itself. Recessed lights, track lighting, or wall sconces can draw attention to artworks, architectural features, or even different areas of a room, which also serves to enhance overall mood and aesthetic.

When Should I Look for Professional Help With Accent Plans?

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the plethora of options, uncertain about color combinations, or hesitant about which materials and techniques will best suit your space, it's time to consult a professional. Professional painting companies bring a wealth of experience, offering tailored advice to harmonize accents with your existing decor while ensuring the longevity and quality of the work.

DIY-Friendly Ideas

While most effective accent walls are somewhat larger jobs best left for the pros, there are plenty of other ways to go the extra mile.

  • Update Cabinet Hardware: In kitchens or bathrooms, changing out cabinet knobs and drawer pulls can make a surprising difference and is a simple task.
  • Stencil a Design: Use stencils to add patterns or designs to walls, floors, or furniture.
  • Reupholster or Add Slipcovers: Give a fresh look to old furniture by reupholstering or using slipcovers. This can also be a great way to add a pop of color or a new texture.

Contact the Southington Painting Team

Accents are essential in transforming a standard room into a captivating space. Whether it’s through color, carpentry, or lights, each element plays a crucial role. But you don't need to do it alone! Southington Painting is a professional painting company that has been servicing Central Connecticut residents since 1979. We can help bring your ideas to life!

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