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What to Consider When Choosing an Accent Wall

Painting your home's interior brightens your living space and gives your home an updated appeal without the cost and time of more extensive renovations. An accent wall is a single wall in a room that has a complementary or completely different color from other walls in the same space.

The allure of an accent wall opens a room, divides square footage by creating dimension, and allows you to play with color without committing to the same hue in a single room. Here are things to consider before painting an accent wall in your house.

What Wall to Choose

In all rooms of the home, the wall chosen for accenting should be the wall that the eye goes to first. In main rooms, that's usually the wall with the largest window or the longest wall in the living space.

You can choose any wall to be an accent wall, but remember the goal: to create a wall that is pleasing to the eye and stands out from other walls in the same space. For this reason, choosing a wall behind a door may not be best for accenting, but the wall straight from the doorway is a wise choice for accenting with unique color.

How You Want to Accent

Do you want to accent your wall with wallpaper or a wallpaper border? Do you want to use painters' tape to create patterns, geometric shapes, or other ornate designs? Are you adding rock or stone backsplashes to part of your accent wall? Or do you want to texture an accent wall before covering the texture with a shade just above or below the rest of the room's color (such as using a rich brown for a textured wall, leaving the rest of the walls a sandy neutral)?

How you wish to accent your home's walls is dependent upon your skill (wallpapering should be done by a professional, as the process can be time-consuming), your current home decor, and your budget. In many cases, choosing a decadent color in a different shade for each room in your home is easy to accomplish for even a novice home decorator.

What Colors to Choose

When choosing an accent wall color, opting for a bold or standout hue is the best way to make an accent wall stand out. Choose an accent wall color for each room based on its current wall color, decorations in each room, and your personal preference.

For example, if your walls are currently gray, accent colors in rich navy, turquoise, ocean blue, or even charcoal gray are beautiful accents. If your walls are painted neutral brown or tan, consider sage green, goldenrod, maroon, or another earth-based accent wall color that is bold and inviting.

Best Lighting

Harsh white light may make dark accent wall colors appear brash or monotone in contrast to lighter surrounding walls. For rooms with accent walls, consider soft yellow lighting that resembles natural sunlight, particularly in rooms that don't have much natural light (such as bathrooms or laundry areas).

You can buy all your painting and home decor supplies from your local home department store. For painting your home's walls, you'll need brushes, floor covering materials, painters' tape, mixing sticks, storage containers, and other supplies. Your home department specialist will help you select the items you need (including paint in various interior finishes) to make your project easier.

Painting accent walls in your home can make larger rooms more defined and give smaller spaces more dimension. Whether you are a DIY-er or you need professional assistance completing your home project, you'll find the support and tools you need at FL Davis – Ace Home & Building Centers. Call us or stop by today.