If you have wondered how to pick a wall to feature as an accent wall, then you are not alone.
Accent walls can be tricky to select, but if done right, they can add interest and excitement to a space with little money spent.
While skimming through a home décor magazine, drooling over a dining room or hallway with a stunning accent wall, you are only seeing part of the picture. You may love what you see but you have to remember how it will apply to your home, and you need to think of the space as a whole.
It isn’t as simple as adding a few ‘pops of colour’ to get your intended look. In order to achieve a certain look, all of the colours and the décor in a space must be considered.
So how does one select the right wall to accent?
Accent walls should only be done for two reasons:
- A wall is symmetrical.
- A wall has an architectural detail you want to highlight, like an art niche, a fireplace detail, or special mouldings.
When you paint an accent wall, you are trying to create added style and flair.
And how does one pick the right colour for an accent wall?
Look for colours that are already present in the space. For example – cushions, pictures, knick knacks, rugs, drapes, etc.
You could also choose a colour that is in use in another part of the home for the accent colour.
For example, the living room and dining room might be one colour while the family room is another.
Try using the living room/dining room colour as the accent in the family room. This works well to bring unity and cohesion in the space, without letting it getting too busy.
Using an accent colour that is two or three shades off the main colour is commonly done but not advised.