For those who are afraid of a dramatic change in decor or simply not into monochromatic walls, you can play it safe and be a little adventurous by painting an accent wall. An accent wall is one wall in your room that is painted or decorated in a way that differs from the rest of the walls. Not only will that accent wall make a bold statement and add a pop of color to liven your room, it can help you personalize your home without going overboard. Here are some things that you should know when you paint an accent wall.
The warm hue or the cool tones of the color that you use to paint your accent wall truly makes a difference in the overall atmosphere of the wall. Paints with warmer tones such as red, orange and yellow can help balance out the size of your room and add a pop of color to the room. These colors can also help brighten the environment of the room and boost your mood.
Cooler tones such as blues, greens and purples have the power to make a room appear larger and visually more relaxing. Plus, these colors are not too harsh to the eyes and go well with most wooden furniture.
An accent wall does well as a background for walls with a fireplace, architectural designs or a central area of the room. The wall will not only help bring attention to the particular component of the room but also help you add character to the room. The most attractive room will surely be a special feature of the house.
A room with light colored walls definitely looks best with an accent wall of a darker color. Some of the great combinations include cream walls with a brown accent wall, off white walls with any warm color and generally lighter colors of the same color scheme with a darker accent wall color. This will make sure that the accent wall brings a well suited balance to the design of the room rather than overpowering it.
Considering the amount of sunlight that enters your room will also help you choose the best suited color for your accent wall. Northern or eastern facing rooms that are relatively cooler should use warmer tones to allow the room to look cozier and give more glow to the room. Western or southern facing rooms that relatively receive more sunlight should be painted with cooler tones to visually lower the temperature of the room.
Consider the designs
Most accent walls either have painted on designs such as stripes, paint streaks, or are a single color. So make sure the type of design that you want in your room and the type of color that you want to paint your accent wall complements each other. These are a few things that you should consider before you begin painting your accent wall.
Marc Poulos began his real estate and financial services career, but he soon realized that his true passion was beautifying homes. He started working with various small craftsman shops before serving an apprenticeship with the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. His commitment to excellence won him Top Apprentice from Washburne trade school in Chicago – the country’s premier school of its kind.