When redecorating your home, a simple way to spruce up a plain room and allow you to experiment with colors and patterns is to add an accent wall to the room. Accent walls are an incredible opportunity to emphasize and add excitement to your living space. From a subtle accent to a high-impact change, an accent wall can add just the right amount of freshness your room needs. Plus, it won’t cost you a fortune to do it.
Ideas for Your Accent Walls
Accent walls are meant to be different than the other walls in a room. It should be unique to break up the flow and give the room some pop. Rooms without an architectural feature can benefit from an accent wall.
There is a great deal of creative freedom associated with accent walls, but that doesn’t mean that there are no rules to follow when you are hoping to have a positive outcome after all your planning.
Below are a few things to consider when deciding to include an accent wall in your home.
1. Pick the Best Wall
The best way to pick your accent wall is to identify the first wall that grabs your attention upon walking into a room. Don’t just pick a wall at random. Accent walls should be used to highlight some of the focal accents that already exist in your room.
A wall of windows can serve as an accent wall but be mindful that a dark accent color surrounding windows can create a bright light effect and overwhelm the room.
There are a few key locations that naturally suit an accent wall. The most common choices for an accent wall are the:
Bedroom: The wall that touches the headboard of your bed is the part of the room that is the focal point. That wall usually serves well as the accent wall. An accent wall in the bedroom can also be placed on the wall where your dresser is located. This works particularly well for large dressers that take up most of a room.
Kitchen: Accent walls work best in large kitchens that can benefit from having a defined eating area or to create the illusion of having a more defined dining area.
Living Room: If your living or family room has high ceilings, an accent wall can make it appear cozier and separate open floor plans.
Bathroom: Adding an accent wall can make a starkly white or neutral bathroom more colorful and inviting. Keep your color choices and design patterns toned down to encourage relaxation and comfort.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Colors and unique patterns are what make accent walls so spectacular. This is the best time to go bold with a bright red or deep gray.
When deciding on colors for your accent walls, consider the color on the other walls. Accent walls in an all-white room are stunning. The contrast of a bright accent wall against white walls can look very modern.
Balance your strong accent wall color with neutral wall colors on the other walls. Going bold is great but if it clashes with another décor it will break up the flow and be nothing more than a distraction.
3. Use the 5th Wall
A chic decorating trend is to add color to the ceiling and use it as your accent wall. Accent ceilings can be created with soft or vivid colors. White crown molding helps separate the wall color from the ceiling and creates a stylish look.
4. Get Creative
Think outside of the box when you are considering what to put on your new accent wall. Think about other ways to use color. You can add stripes or a specialty paint finish. Metallics are powerful style statements for an accent wall. A coordinating wallpaper print can work well too.
While paint and wallpaper are probably the easiest and most common selections there are many other options for what you can choose with an accent wall. Wood, tile, stone, or brick are all great options that can add a pop to your room.
5. Define Your Space
Use an accent wall to set a room apart. An accent wall can help define a space in an open concept layout. It can be used as a dividing line between the dining room and living room or create new energy in a room to distinguish between a relaxing area and a livelier environment.
Ask the Professional Painters for Help
Painting your home is an easy and cost-effective solution to giving it a fresh look. At HBP Painting Contractors, we have the skills and experience to upgrade your home.
If you’re ready to try new paint colors or wallpaper to transform your home, contact us today for a free consultation.