A Guide to Adding Accents in Your Interiors


Interior designing is the culmination of many small parts. These include colours, materials, textures, furniture, accessories and much more. Each of these components contributes to making your space visually appealing, but none more than colours. Selecting the right colour scheme is extremely crucial to get the best of your aesthetic. It makes up the very foundation of the design. If you do not have a basic colour palate, you will not be able to select the right materials, contrast, textures, etc. But even when you do have a final colour scheme at the ready; make sure that it is not monotonous.

No colour scheme is complete without proper contrast, and this is when accents come in. You always need a bit of something extra to make your main colours pop. Accents are small amounts of contrasting colours are added throughout the space in very strategic forms. It is important to incorporate proper accents in your space, or your interior design may come out dull and dreary. Below, we will be looking at some ways to add accents to your interiors.

1.     Through furniture

Furniture is the best way to add accents to your rooms without seeming too contrived. Imagine this: your room is decked in the most glamorous red theme that you can imagine, coupled with soft cream furniture that balances out the visual weight of the red theme. This is how you add accents through furniture. If one part of your interior is finished in a dark, foreboding theme, then the other should be in light complementary colours; navy blue with white, brown with gold and more.

2.     Through accessories

This is a relatively subtle way of adding accents to your interiors. Accessorising involves the use of wall features; including photo frames, paintings and hangings. The best interior designs are all about using these small ornaments to imbue contrast. These are small, decorative and will go virtually unnoticed on the surface. But if you locate them strategically then they can end up changing the entire look of your interior in understated but impactful ways. The best example of this will be accessorising a white wall with pop-art style artwork.

3.     Through wall paint

There are many versions of paints available in the market these days. You can create an ombre effect on your walls to accentuate the accents in an understated way. Imagine painting a wall that runs the gamut of various shades of blue; you will have both colours as well as contrast within the same surface without any further hassle. Similarly, you can also use two-toned textured paint to add accents too.

4.     Through baubles

Tiny trinkets and baubles usually go unnoticed by the observer, but if clustered together they can make a difference. The benefit of using baubles to add contrasting accents is that you can use more than one colour. The best example of this will be couch cushions. You can cluster a lot of them, all in various colours to enhance the aesthetics of the space.

5.     Through quirky surfaces

Zany textures like countertops and acrylic surfaces along with various laminates are the best form of accents. All the best interior designs incorporate at least one of these surfaces to build natural contrast within the space. They can be extremely subtle but add much-needed contrast within any contemporary style colour scheme.


Now that you are aware of all these ways to add accents within your space, you can make an informed decision about choosing one which will go well with your existing interior. You can also approach a Singapore Interior Design Company for more guidance on using accents in your home interior. Have fun creating your own artistic style!