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The Bolder the Better

Accent pieces are elements of interior design that are not essential to the function of the room. However, without them a room risks looking plain and boring. They are unique and personal additions to your interiors that help them come to life. If chosen properly, they enhance the basic function of the room by setting the mood of your choice. The important thing to know is that accent furniture doesn't need to perfectly fit the room. This is the time to think outside of the box for making them work as a statement. 


Accent Walls

Probably one of the easiest ways to add accents to a room is the use of accent walls. Simply choose a contrasting paint or wallpaper for one wall or even only one part of the wall behind a certain function. 


Accent Walls


Dark accent wall

Ombre wall

Slate behind the shelves

Green corner oasis

Wallpaper accent wall


Colors can significantly alter the mood in a room, so be wise when selecting them. If you are uncertain about which colors fit well together, just look at a color wheel and mix and match opposite colors. Take the characteristics of the room and the desired effect into consideration.

Upscale hotels implement the idea of creating something truly unique by the excessive use of accent pieces, such as wallpaper and fabric. Some outstanding examples for this can be found in the interiors of Proper Hotels. Obviously, it’s easier for hotels to be bold with their designs as guests only stay for a few days, but if you fall in love with what you see in some of these examples, you can easily recreate the look at home for your own everyday luxury. Here’s how by using wallpapers from Spoonflower and covers from Rockin Cushions. 

Below, this Proper Hotel room mixes tribal and botanical motifs:


Proper Hotel Room


Re-create the look with similar patterns and colors:


Hotel fabrics


Vintage aztec diamonds

Tribal design fabric

Split toned black and white botanical garden wallpaper

IKEA Ektorp slipcover, boho mudcloth arrows


Pair geometric with floral prints, all kept toned down in greys and beiges:



Hotel Room Design


Ticking stripe dark grey cushion cover

Large black and white flowers wallpaper

Playing origami flower vintage geometry wallpaper


Hotel Room Design


Purple and peach hazy daisy scatter wallpaper

Farmhouse ticking stripe IKEA KOARP armchair cover

Vintage moroccan mud cloth wallpaper


Accent Pillows

Mamashelter hotels offer eclectic design rooms in 13 cities all over the world. Here is an example from them worth recreating with lots of different patterns.


Hotel Room Pillow Designs


Indian boho print IKEA Knopparp slip cover

Mexican patchwork pillow cover

Firebird in apple tree garden wallpaper

Black chevron zig-zag pattern pillow cover

Pink black sticks pillow cover

Patchwork coral chevron pillow cover


Accent Furniture

The Queensberry Hotel believes that a room in a unique and slightly luscious hotel should be a little like a beautiful guest room in the house of stylish friends. You can recreate their look with pale pinks and blues.


Blush Pink Hotel Room


Art deco flower light pink wallpaper

Patchwork light blue velvet pillow cover

Blush pink velvet IKEA Tullsta chair cover


Or try the blue and yellow elegance also from the Queensberry Hotel.


Yellow and Blue Hotel Room


Bright blue shibori tie-dye print pillow cover

Gold velvet IKEA Koarp chair cover

Wavy watercolor blue pillow cover

Aside from paint, wallpaper and different fabrics, any item of your interior can be used as an accent piece. Experiment with furniture that is not essential to the room in question, such as a designer chair in the bathroom or corner nook. Artwork, lighting, or even plants can serve as the added little plus that makes your space light up. Don't be afraid to clash your colors and your prints- as you can see, little rules apply to create a bold and functional room filled with style.