Styling Tip: Using an Accent Color

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Last fall I used orange as an accent color in our mostly neutral white and yellow bedroom {Here}. Before Christmas I scored this beautiful, Peacock-colored matelasse bedspread at the thrift store for a song. (And in case you’re wondering…matelasse (n) is “an embossed, compound fabric woven on a dobby or Jacquard loom.“)

I’ve never used this color in our bedroom before, but decided it would be my winter accent color to change things up a bit. I decided to borrow this pretty Home Goods pillow from last year from my living room that has a snowflake-inspired design on the front.

When adding an accent color to a room, use the law of threes:

Use the color in 3 different places

Use the color on 3 different planes

Use the color with 3 different textures

Using the Peacock color on the bed inspired me to dig out an antique glass bowl set that was a family heirloom. Dishes in the bedroom you say? Of course! I use them everywhere!

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I wanted the bowl to have some type of filler and decided vintage sheet music worked for Valentine’s day (“Love Notes”), but struggled with how they would stand up. I went and grabbed a large glass frog which fit perfectly in the bottom of the bowl. I rolled up a bunch of music and glued it with my hot glue gun and stood them up in each hole.

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Inspired by the treble and bass clefs, I faced the trebles out for my side of the bed, and the bass clefs facing out on Mr. Fix-it’s side of the bed. (He will never realize this unless he reads this post;)

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I love adding a little humor to styling!

The white milkglass pedestals were still on the mantle shelf from fall (which you can see in the linked post above). I filled them with leftover pump organ keys from a roadside beauty we had disassembled years ago.

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In the little bowls I can use real candles or fake for some Valentine romance and night-time glow. The pretty gold painted accents will glimmer in the candlelight.

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I’ve got my accent color on the bed (fabric), and my accent color on the shelf (glassware) and they’re on different planes (low, high)..now to add it in a third place with a third texture..

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Vertical space. I had totally forgotten these two beauties when I did my R.A.Fox post {Here}. I hung the three prints that all featured a yellow moon…for sleeping…for a bedroom. They have the pretty, Peacock-colored, night-time sky.  I combined them with some white painted, fresher frames so as to not get too old looking. I like vintage, but don’t want my home to look like an antique store.

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There’s our freshly cleaned and organized closet ironing board shelves in the background.{Here} I also borrowed an aqua and green afghan from the kitchen for a fourth pop of the accent color.

Adding an accent color to a room in at least 3 different places is like instant gratification decorating! And if you can borrow items from other rooms of your house, there’s little expense involved. What a great Valentine’s present to yourself!

lovenotesmbr3 If you’re itching for some other changes around your home, check out another of my styling tip posts, “Consider shape in your Styling” {Here}.

Pin for future reference!

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Linking up with these parties:

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2 thoughts on “Styling Tip: Using an Accent Color

  1. Thanks Lora for teaching us about the rule of threes 🙂 You did a great job giving your MBR a refresh; I especially like how you styled your mantel piece. Thanks for linking up your post with us at Vintage Charm–

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