10 Eye-Catching Accent Color Ideas

Thomas Loof

When designing an interior around one main hue, there’s room to incorporate accent colors—the jewelry in your design scheme—for even more visual appeal. “There is a classic decor rule, which states that 60 percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent should be a secondary color or texture, and 10 percent should be an accent,” says Mary Maydan, founder and principal of Maydan Architects. For instance, you might paint the walls and doors of a children’s room lavender and reserve white for the ceiling.

And when choosing your accent colors, don’t go too dark or too bold, Maydan warns. “Accent colors should take into account the furniture in the room and all the other design selections,” she explains. “The idea of an accent is to create contrast.” Whether you’re partial to soothing shades of gray and taupe or rich blues or energetic hues, accent colors can add interest to a space. Click through for 10 accent color ideas that are full of style.

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Crisp White

While espresso-colored walls dominate the dining room in fashion designer Neil Barrett’s Milan apartment, the bright white moldings and door trim add

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How to Get Rid of Mice in the House Fast

During the fall and winter months, mice will try to make their way indoors in search of food, warmth, and shelter. Not only can mice chew through walls and destroy food boxes in kitchen cabinets, but they can also wreak serious havoc on your home and personal health: They gnaw on wires, carry a slew of bacteria, and can worsen allergies and asthma for anyone living in the house.

Before taking any precautionary measures, it’s important to know how to spot mouse droppings, often the first indicator that you have rodents in your space. Mouse droppings resemble dark grains of rice, about a quarter inch long. Rat droppings tend to be wider and longer — about half an inch in length. Trails of tiny poop pellets are a major sign that you have mice, but it’s not the only thing to look out for: Scan through your pantry to see if there is any debris on shelves or gnaw marks on food boxes.

If you see one mouse, there are definitely others hiding somewhere in your home. Simply put, if one mouse can find a way in, others can — and will — do the same. Plus, they multiply very

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27 Striking Black and White Bedrooms

Few color palettes come together as easily as black and white. This isn’t to say that the combination is dull—far from it. In fact, a black and white room can be just as dynamic as a room that’s full of color, especially when an abundance of texture and shape comes into play. As a bonus, black and white are remarkably serene when used together, making this opposites-attract palette a natural fit for bedrooms.

The mood of a black and white bedroom all depends on how you style it. Opting for black painted walls can set an ultra-dramatic tone, while white walls paired with white bedding can dictate an airy-like feel. It’s also common to come across black and white bedrooms that factor in other classic colors, such as soothing gray, silver, or beige. Complementary hues can dial up the sophistication factor, lending an unexpected edge.

Those who consider a black and white bedroom overly formulaic might also consider employing a dramatic statement piece, like a high-wattage headboard or maximalist wallpaper to lend some vim. Whereas such a risk might send a bedroom with a less refined palette into a tailspin, a bedroom with a limited black and white palette

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