How to create an accent wall

posted on 15.04.2016

Upgrade your space with a striking accent wall that draws the eye and becomes a conversation-starter

The walls of your home have been neglected for years. It’s time to shower them with attention, and you’ll find that there are now many options for creating a dramatic effect, just by the interior home décor or paint you choose for your walls. Whether you have a large or a smaller sized room, an accent wall can make a big difference in how your space looks.

It may seem intimidating at first, but an accent wall is essentially a wall designed to stand out from the rest to draw the eye and create a bold effect. It adds visual drama and can highlight or complement the décor of the space. Here are some recommendations on planning an accent wall for your home.

How to choose a wall

When deciding upon one wall to be an accent piece, choose the side that has maximum visibility so that it gets the most attention. You could also choose a wall that highlights a piece of décor or furniture. For example, if you have an antique cabinet or sofa, or a piece of art you love, you can turn it into a focal point by creating an accent wall behind it. Some creative owners like to create an accent wall as the backdrop to a gallery of photographs.

Alternatively, if you have a vintage theme in your room, you could choose to highlight it with a pastel colour on your accent wall.

Colour decisions

How does one decide what wall colour to paint an accent wall? Consider the effect you want to make, or the mood of the room.

Do you want drama? Then choose a bold colour like red, navy, or black. These shades are the perfect backdrop for statement décor and can be the most eye-catching part of your room.

Do you want a more peaceful effect? Choose a pastel colour that contrasts softly with the other walls in the room. A robin’s egg blue against cream walls, or a buttercup yellow against pale pink would create a mild yet interesting effect.

A metallic shade is also a popular option for an accent wall, and can look gorgeous when paired with the right furniture and décor.

Finish and texture

An accent wall can be made even more exciting if you play with the finish. Look for textures or effects that match your space and your taste. Do consider the other walls in your room before deciding upon a wall plain finish. If the other walls are matte, your accent wall should be matte too. However, rules are meant to be broken, and we’d love to see how you blaze your own path with contrasting finishes.

And lastly, an accent wall does not always depend on paint. You can create a central focus wall with wallpaper,wall stencils, or decals. Do remember that accent walls are not just for the living room; they look great in bedrooms or kids’ rooms as well, or even for the ceiling. There’s really no formula for creating an accent wall. Keep in mind your own tastes and the effect you want to create, and anything is possible.

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