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Accentuate the positive: The dos and don'ts of decorating with accents
Photo Caption: Kohler's Katagami Wading Pool lavatory provides an organic look and feel. The lavatory's shallow design highlights texture with a striking bas-relief centrepiece that ensures nearly limitless faucet options.

(NC)—We have all been there before. We want to have fun with home decorating without stepping too far outside of our comfort zone. Rest assured it can be done.

“The use of accent pieces in a home is a great way to express your personal style without overdoing it,” said Donna Church, Kohler Canada. “The best part about using accents is that you don't have to do a complete renovation or redecorate an entire space. A little flare can go a long way.”

Not sure how to incorporate accent pieces in your home without going overboard? Follow these simple dos and don'ts to get you started.


Do go big or go home. Use bold colours, patterns and textures when selecting accent pieces.

Do seek inspiration in unlikely places. Art galleries, fashion magazines and décor catalogues are great but you should also draw inspiration from interesting architecture, ethnic cultures and nature for unique design ideas you can make your own. Kohler's naturally inspired Katagami Wading Pool in cast bronze combines organic texture with a natural, living finish that develops a rich patina over time.

Do tie your accents together with a common theme or trend. Whether you are looking for masculine touches, modern artistry or timeless traditional, accents should seem fluid throughout your home.

Do involve a professional if you're the kind of person who does not enjoy installing things yourself. Once you've chosen a quality faucet that will enhance your home, call in a professional to take care of the installation for you. Get it done right the first time.

Do start small. If painting your walls bright orange seems scary, paint just one wall in the bathroom and then bring in some orange towels to highlight the accent. In time, that may not seem like enough anymore and you will know you are ready to take the plunge.


Don't be afraid to be different. No two homes should look alike on the inside. You must choose pieces that make you feel happy and comfortable in your living space.

Don't assume that every room needs an accent. Sometimes less is more. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most visited rooms in the home and will benefit most from the occasional accent piece.

Don't sacrifice function for style. It should not be one or the other. Ensure that any accent piece you choose serves a purpose and performs it well so you do not get frustrated with it and regret your decision down the road.

Don't forget to have fun. Decorating your home is your opportunity to express yourself in a uniquely personal way. Enjoy the process by documenting each space you transform before and after so you have a reference for how far it has come.

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Toronto, ON, Canada

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