Having an accent wall in a room offers a number of advantages. This wall serves as a focal point in the room and can be used to draw attention to certain features. It can also be used to add a bit of contrast or a bold color to a room that is mainly white or neutral. If your next DIY painting project is creating an accent wall, the following tips can help you decide which wall to use.
Choose a Wall for Maximum Visual Appeal
When you’re deciding which wall to use as an accent wall, consider choosing the one that offers the most eye-catching architectural features. Using this for an accent wall helps ensure that you’ll be adding even more visual appeal to it and drawing the eye to the wall’s notable features.
Take Color Theory Into Consideration
When it’s time to think about which paint hues you might want to use for your accent wall, keep color theory in mind. Reds, oranges and yellows are all warm colors that help pull your accent wall into the room more, which creates a more intimate feel. Greens, blues and violets are cool tones that pull an accent wall farther out in a room, which can create the illusion of more space.
Go Bold with Caution
Accent walls give you an excellent way to try out a bolder color in a room but do so with caution. If you want your accent wall to pop, it won’t have that effect if the wall you choose for it has a lot of window space and curtains or drapes. These features will limit the impact your accent wall has on the room’s overall appearance. Choose a plain wall if you want to make the most impact with a bold color. If you do go with a wall that has windows or other features, consider choosing an accent wall color that isn’t as eye-catching or changing curtains or drapes to complement a bolder hue instead of drawing the eye away from it.
Choose an Accent Wall for the Right Reasons
Accent walls provide an ideal focal point for a room or a way to introduce a more vivid color, but there is also a wrong reason to have one. Don’t choose to do an accent wall if the only reason you want one is to use a particular color that you were too worried about having on all of the walls. For example, don’t paint three walls in a plain white or neutral tone, then have one wall in a more creative tone. If you don’t choose which wall to use for your accent wall carefully or if you choose the wrong color for it, this can have an unsightly impact on your entire room.