Colored + Accessories = Colorcessories (And yes, I just made that up.)
We have been discussing color psychology by mostly addressing the paint on the walls HERE and HERE, and will continue to explore other colors but in the meantime, what about those people (ahem, my husband) who don’t really care for much color on the walls and yet still want some character in the room? Let me now introduce “colorcessories” to you…. Because when used correctly, the neutral walls can make a subtle statement when you bring in texture, layers & lighting. You can add color to a room via pillows, art, rugs, throws, plants & flowers, and just general decorative items. Here is a before & after example of a very neutral room we recently staged to sell in Dallas:
In this instance, the floors, walls & drapery were all a shade of white and had very little differentiation.
We added technically neutral (beige & brown) furniture but inserted interesting colors via the rug, pillows, wall art, silk tree & floral, and the items of decor on the coffee table. Not so neutral anymore, is it?
The key is to keep the accessory color pallet limited to 2 – 3 colors, in this case we used turquoise, orange and a few hints of gold. Of course the green on the tree & the floral is an accessorizing color, but it works in “under the radar” and can be an additional color in almost any pallet you choose.
What are the colors you have accessorized with recently?