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Accent can be defined as an emphasis to or on something. So, in terms of interior design, we understand accent pieces as a distinct emphasis to the rest of the space’s design or style. Accent pieces can bring balance into a space that appears to be too busy. Warmth to a space that appears cold and uninviting. It can also create the center focus of a space that lacks a clear direction because of layout. Selecting the right accent pieces is equally as important as choosing flooring, paint and any other major decision you’ll make for your home. Accent pieces includes furniture, rugs, lamps, and décor.

A huge misconception about selecting accent pieces is that the process is the easiest phase of design and that selecting pieces is done at random. The truth is, selecting accents should be intentional.

Accent pieces should be used to enhance a space, when accent pieces are not purposefully included into a design plan, one runs the risk of creating a generic space, instead of a personalized space. This is seen most often with the selection of accent chairs and rugs.

When selecting décor items, two important questions to ask are:
1. What purpose will the item serve in this space?
2. How does the item speak to the client(s) style and/or personality?
Asking these two questions help to make the right decisions when it comes to accent pieces. To understand the purpose of accent pieces in a space, one must first examine the space as a whole to determine which accent pieces are needed. For example, for a contemporary style, which features mostly neutral color palettes, a few black accent pieces may be placed to add depth to the space.

Understand your style and personality when choosing accent pieces. Well-chosen accent pieces should say something about your personality

Choosing the right accent pieces requires careful planning. Understand the design style you’re aiming for, the scale and proportion of the space and what the space may be lacking. This coupled with knowing the purpose of your space and understanding your style, will, without a doubt, help to create a cohesive space.

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