Spice Up Your Home With an Accent Wall
If you want to add some real zest to your home, one way to accomplish it is with an accent wall. Rooms that are painted the same color throughout don’t have nearly the impact of a room with an accent wall. But for this outstanding decorative strategy to work nicely, there are a few things to do and others to avoid.
An accent wall is strikingly different than the other walls in the room. It is typically a bolder, richer color, which is one of the reasons an accent wall achieves such a daring effect. There are no rules to be broken, but there are some common guidelines which produce a winning look. Regarding accent walls:
- They are typically solid, meaning that they have no windows or doors. However, exceptions to this general rule include having an accent wall serve as a frame around luxurious French doors or a window that has an amazing view.
- Think “framing” as a general rule of thumb for an accent wall. A wonderful focal point is a fireplace; others could be a bookshelf, a bed’s headboard, architectural features on the wall, compelling artwork, or some other piece of furniture that you want to spotlight.
- If there isn’t a natural focal point in a room, you can use the accent wall to create one. Whether it’s a live plant, a framed photo collection, or a painting, the accent wall can make it stand out even more effectively than special lighting.
- The adjacent wall should not create competition for the accent wall. For instance, if the adjacent wall has an oversized mirror, there’s a good chance that the accent wall will only create imbalance in the room which is unappealing and confusing.
- If you have an oblong room, painting the farthest short wall with an accent shade will cause the wall to appear closer to you, thereby lending visual correction to the room’s shape. On the flip side, you will only emphasize the room’s shape if you create an accent effect on the longest wall.
Choosing a Paint Color for the Accent Wall
Painting isn’t the only method for creating an accent wall because you can use wallpaper or stenciling. But painting an accent wall is very quick and easy. Even if you live in an apartment, by painting only the one wall, it’s easy to restore to its original look before moving out. After all, the only supplies required are a roller, paint, and masking tape. So the question that remains is what color you should paint your accent wall:
- A reliable formula that works well is to paint the accent wall in the same basic color as the other walls, except two shades darker.
- Typically, the accent wall is a much deeper shade than the other the walls.
- If you’re undecided about the color of your accent wall, look around the room at your favorite items of décor. Choose a dominant color, even if there are only small hints of it throughout the room.
- Keep in mind that a contrast is needed so that other objects or wall decorations don’t blend in with the accent color and disappear.
- Use bright shades in a child’s room and then stress the paint so that it doesn’t create such a shock of color.
Painting an accent wall is a quick way to add dramatic change to a room. Liven up each room with a single burst of color. Which wall in your home would make the perfect accent wall?
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