Knowing how to choose the right accent color is tougher than it sounds. There are a few different color schemes out there that can enhance a space, but they all work in different ways. By choosing the right combination of colors, you can create warmth and appeal in any room of your home.
If you want to create color combinations in your home, choose colors that work with each other by using some of the color schemes explained below. These three basic schemes help you blend colors together so they look good and create a nice balance.
Complementary colour scheme
Complementary colors are two colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel. This combination provides a high contrast and high impact color combination – together, these colors will appear brighter and more prominent.
If you choose two complementary colours, they'll have a lot of contrast in them—but they'll also tend to complement one another very well when used together. Mixing complementary colours is a great way to bring some energy into your space and make it feel vibrant and exciting!
Analogous colour scheme
Analogous colors are three colors that are side by side on the color wheel. This color combination is versatile, but can be overwhelming.
Analogous colours share some similarities but also have differences that make them interesting together. For example, yellow-green and green would be an analogous colour scheme—they're next to each other on the wheel, but there's still enough difference between them for them to complement one another instead of clashing outright!
To balance an analogous color scheme, choose one dominant color, and use the others as accents.
Monochromatic colour scheme
Monochromatic means using only one hue in different shades or tints of that hue, which creates a harmonious effect and allows each shade of color within it to have its own place in the scheme without overpowering one another.
Monochromatic schemes work well in rooms with lots of natural light and are best suited to neutral-coloured furniture, walls and floors. If you're looking for a monochromatic scheme, stick with one shade, but try adding different textures like wood or stone to add some interest.
When in doubt, experiment
In a world of endless choices, it's hard to know where to start. But we've got you covered with the six most popular accent colours in the Benjamin Moore collection.
Experiment with these awesome accent colours to find the perfect pop of colour for your home:
- Hale Navy
- Wrought Iron
- Kendall Charcoal
- French Press
- Aegean Teal
If you're not sure what accent colour is right for your home, make sure to order our Top Box with Accent Colour Samples first.
This kit contains six Big Paint Chips of Benjamin Moore's most popular accent colours so you can get a feel for how each color would look on your walls before investing in a full gallon. It even comes with the cost savings of buying six samples instead of five!
Our Big Paint Chips are large, 12” x 12” peel and stick vinyl stickers painted with real paint – so you can see the real colour and texture of your new paint, in your home, without any mess.
The key to choosing the right accent colour is to decide what kind of colour scheme works best for your home and style, and then to experiment with colours to find the right combinations.