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Accent Colors Bring Visual Impact to Your Kitchen and Bathroom Designs

Last Updated on January 3, 2020

When it comes to spicing up a home’s décor, homeowners are using accent colors to do the trick. Experts agree that accent colors are the perfect accessory to liven up a room without going overboard with too much of a good thing.

Kitchens and baths are often neglected when it comes to using creative color. This is in part due to the innate functionality of these spaces. Here are some tips and suggestions to make your kitchen and baths stand out through the use of accent colors:

  • Use the Color Wheel: This is the best place to start when choosing the perfect accent color scheme for your space.
    • Complementary Color Scheme – Complementary colors are across from each other on a color wheel. This color combination reflects a more formal feel with separation of colors. Some examples are red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange.
    • Analogous Color Scheme – Analogous colors are next to each other on a color wheel. An analogous color combination is more casual and reflects a more restful atmosphere. Some examples are yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange.

Color Wheel

Here, the bathroom is decorated in an analogous color scheme using violet as the main color, and accented with a Liberty mosaic tile wall in darker violet tones.

Liberty Mosaic Accent Wall

  • Use Three Colors: The 70/20/10 Rule: This rule of three is as easy as choosing one neutral color, one rich color, and one accent color. To make this work, use the lightest color for 70 percent of the room’s décor, the second lightest for 20 percent, and the boldest for 10 percent. These create a design scheme that’s well-rounded in color.

In the bathroom pictured below, Carrara quartz walls line the interior of the shower and vanity with neutral gray walls that lay the foundation of the room as the 70% backdrop. Dark Italian Walnut cabinets and mirror frame represent the rich color serve as 20%. Finally, a touch of brightly colored hand towels with coordinating artwork are the 10% that ties the room together to create a cohesive design.

Neutral Bathroom with Green and Brown Accents

  • Back in Black: Experts agree that incorporating black will enhance all of the other colors in a room. The retro-themed kitchen featured below uses bold, custom floral mosaic tile wallpaper that extends the height of the wall, with white shaker-style cabinetry on either side of the hood. The black cabinets create a dramatic look while keeping the room classic and interesting.

Black and White Floral Mosaic Tile

  • Neutrals: Neutrals can also be used as accent colors. Using varying shades of a neutral color can reflect a sophisticated and classic look without being dull. Here, a striking coffee-colored mosaic tile mix shower wall lends visual impact to the room while a coordinating bath mat and towels pull the room together.

Bathroom with coffee mosaic tile and warm colored accents


Green mosaic bathroom with coffee and white accents

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with Granite Transformations today and see how we can transform your kitchen or bath with beautiful mosaics, countertops and cabinets.

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