Which Wall is Right for an Accent Wall?

Which Wall is Right for an Accent Wall?

Do you have a room in your house that's starting to look a little drab? Creating an accent wall could be exactly what you need to bring that room back to life.

An accent wall is simply an area of a room that has a different color or decoration than the other walls.

Adding paint to an accent wall can add depth and style to practically any room. To get the most out of your project, though, you will need to know which wall is right for an accent wall. You should also follow a few tips to make sure your effort brings out the beauty in your room.

Choose a Room for Experiments

If you have never made an accent wall, then you may want to choose a private room for your experiment. This will give you opportunities to practice without making mistakes that your guests will notice.

Your bedroom is a good place to start. If you make mistakes, you're the only person who has to live with them. That way, you can learn from your mistakes without worrying that your home looks ridiculous.

Pick the Right Wall to Accent

Knowing what wall to accent is an important part of getting this project right. Ideally, you will choose a unique wall that already stands out from the others. Perhaps it has a built-in bookcase or a fireplace that makes it different from the other walls. It could also be the first wall that you see when you enter the room.

Most rooms already have focal points. If you have been living in your home for several years, though, you may have a hard time deciding which wall is a room's focus. Try entering without any expectations. Just see what's in front of you. If you still have trouble, ask a friend for assistance. A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful.

Choose the Right Color for Your Accent Wall

You have a lot of options when painting an accent wall. The one that you choose will depend on your preferences and the room. There are several techniques, however, that typically work well.

Many decorators turn to the color wheel when they need ideas for accent walls. The color wheel makes it relatively easy to choose colors that look good together. Some reliable concepts include:

  • Complementary colors
  • Color blocking
  • Bold on neutral

With complementary colors, find the room's color on the color wheel. Now, look at the color that's directly on the other side of the wheel. These two colors should bring out pleasant characteristics in each other.

For color blocking, find your room's current color and move over two or three colors. This will provide a nice contrast that stands out subtly.

Taking the bold on neutral route is also popular. You should consider this option if your room is a neutral color like white, cream, or brown. Choose a bold color that's wildly different for your accent wall. It often helps to use a color that's already in the room's furniture or decorations. That way the accent wall will stand out while bringing other elements together.

This is a short project that can be finished in a day or two, but if you really want a quality job, be sure to contact a professional.

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