People often ask if they should paint an accent wall or how to know which wall is best for an accent paint color. An accent wall can look stunning, or it can look odd.
The decision of whether to paint an accent wall should be based on the architecture and the answers to these 4 questions:
- Does the room have one wall that is begging to stand out? A wall that just “makes sense”?
This is an example of when a painted accent wall made good sense.
The deep gray color adds depth to make the room feel bigger.
- Will the accent wall compete with another focal point?
- Is the ceiling shape odd (not appealing)? For example, if it has low ceilings or lots of cut out dormers, it’s best to not draw attention to it.
- Is the room small? If so, adding two different paint colors can create a chopped up look. So it might be best to add color in other ways, such as custom window treatments or huge art. It’s rare for a small room to look better with an accent wall. An exception would be if you can create an accent wall with unique style, such as in the niche below, as a surround to the bed. This “accent wall” looks amazing!
|The architecture in this bedroom allows a partial section
of the wall to have an accent paint, what an ideal situation!
|The deep rich paint on this accent wall works well, due to the art that compliments the
wall color. Also, notice the repeat of the color in the niche. This room is very
large with high ceilings, so a dramatic wall color is a nice addition.
|If you would rather not paint an accent wall, consider an accent paint color on
cabinets or bookcases (either the back wall only or the entire bookcase).
|In this room, not only does the accent wall have a rich
red paint, but the window frame has the same color as well. This is nice
because it doesn’t make it look chopped up….like when you have several different paint colors.
To decide if you should paint an accent wall, discuss the questions above. In just the right room it can add drama, but if it’s done in a room where it doesn’t belong, it will look odd. Worse yet, it can make the room seem smaller or chopped up. We rarely see a room that is “begging for an accent wall”, but when we do, it’s an obvious great choice. It draws attention to architecture, gives the room personality, and allows you to enjoy a favorite color!
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