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An accent wall is one wall within a single room that is markedly different and more interesting than the other walls in the room. It’s probably the color you love but would be afraid to use throughout the entire room because of its intensity. It’s also possibility the color that your spouse, roommate, or significant other would never use throughout the space, but will accept as a part of the color scheme.
Big Statement with Little Investment
The accent wall is an easy painting project. It seldom takes more than a couple of hours; it requires only requires paint, a roller, and painter’s tape; and can even be done in apartments because it’s easy to undo when you move. Unless you’re planning on purchasing a myriad of new accessories and home goods, try to find a bold color that already exists in your rug, window coverings or pillows to use. Bring the paint sample home and look at it in the light that exists in your space to get a true idea of what the color is going to look like once on your wall.
Since this is usually the first wall that you see when entering a room, this wall can help to draw the eye to what you want noticed. In an open concept dining and living room combination, it can help to anchor or define a separate area. The accent wall almost always highlights a large focal point such as bed, fireplace, or window on or near that wall. Be sure that every other element in your room coordinates, but isn't "matchy-matchy". Supporting elements should carry out the accent color's hue and value. If there is no thought of coordination and balance of color throughout the room, your accent wall will look like an irrelevant, disconnected color. Think about coordinating pillows, upholstery fabric, drapery, and a rug that pulls the color together. If possible, try to find these items before you buy the final accent wall color. Trying to find accessories and home goods to coordinate with that very specific shade of turquoise you selected will prove to be a nightmare. Again, this goes back to a color's undertone. Color matching paint value to a shade from your rug or window covering fabric is easy, but nearly impossible when it's the other way around.
Selecting Colors for an Accent Wall
In most cases, an accent wall is a bold color against neutral walls. A different version is a vibrant shade against other walls of the same shade. For example, a rich brown against other, very pale tan walls. An accent wall doesn't mean you throw color coordination out the window. Tying the room into the accent wall, with coordinated pillows, drapes, and upholstery is vital when making an effective decorating scheme. Remember, too that wallpaper, which is back big time, and that tile in a bathroom can also make an accent wall, not just paint. The main point is that the accent walls color should attract the eye, and therefore be bold.
Selecting The Right Wall
Remember, an accent wall needs to be clustered around some kind of dominant focal point. There is nothing more dominant than a fireplace. After all, beds move, bookcases move, TVs move--but fireplaces, and windows, are there to stay. Look for a wall seen from an adjacent room. The color will perform double duty if you can also see it from other rooms.
A great way to make a change in your home is to infuse color into your home. Think about an accent wall. It’s quick and easy! Questions? Write back and I’ll try to assist you with some more ideas. If you need more design help, check out my (newly designed) website at www.TransformationsforInteriors.com for more ideas and inspiration, or to contact me for an appointment.