If you want to liven up a space quickly, there’s no better way to do it than with an accent wall. A splash of color, or even a bit of texture, can go a really long way when it comes to energizing an otherwise drab room. Whether you want to warm up a room that feels washed out or create interest and contrast, an accent wall is sure to do the trick, and with so many options available, you can choose between temporary and permanent materials that will suit any space.
Which wall should be my accent wall?
Before we get in too deeply, let’s talk about location. Your accent wall will be a focal point of your room, so it’s important to choose the right wall. Professional decorators usually recommend going for the wall that is most visible when you walk into a room, or the wall with the most interesting architectural features (like a fireplace) with a few caveats. Ideally, your accent wall should be uninterrupted by hallways and doors, and it should be symmetrical. If your room is long and narrow, choose the shorter back wall to make it feel more balanced.
Accent walls are also great for partitions between rooms, which are common in apartments and smaller homes, because it helps create more of a division. It also adds interest to an area that is often overlooked and underutilized, despite being highly visible.
What are my material options?
These days you have plenty of choices in materials for your accent wall – from traditional paint to stick on textures, 3D wall panels, décor collections, and of course, peel and stick paint. Your choice of material will depend on a couple of things: the ambiance you’re trying to create, and the limitations of your space.
Peel and stick paint is great for those of us who like to change things up more frequently, just don’t like to fuss with layers of primer and paint, and for accent walls in apartments or dorms where you’ll probably need to take it back down eventually. That goes for some stick-on textures and panels as well, but If you’re up for something more permanent and don’t mind the work, paint will do just fine.
How to choose a color for an accent wall
When you’re picking a color for your wall, consider if you want to compliment your room for a subtle feature, create contrast with a vibrant pop of color, or use color to invoke a particular mood.
The Basics on Complimenting and Contrasting with Colors
Take a look at what’s already in your room, including your furniture, curtains, rugs, wood tones, throw pillows, and wall hangings. Think about what you like most about the space and décor, and what you want to stand out. If you want your accent wall to be a subtle feature, stay generally within the same shade and tone range as the décor in your room. If you want to contrast, opt for colors that are opposites on the color wheel.
Creating Ambiance with Color
Colors can play tricks on our eyes and even warm our hearts. Warm colors, like red, orange, and yellow can make a space feel cozy, while cool colors like blue, green, and purple have the opposite effect and tend to make spaces feel more open. The effect of color on moods has been studied for centuries. Since you’ll probably spend a lot of time near your accent wall, it’s a good idea to consider color’s effect on what you’ll be doing in the room. For example, the color blue increases productivity, green inspires tranquility, and lavender is calming.
The effect of color on moods has been studied for centuries. Since you’ll probably spend a lot of time in the room with your new accent wall, it’s a good idea to consider color’s effect on what you’ll be doing in the room. For example, the color blue increases productivity, green inspires tranquility, and lavender is calming. Remember to make sure you have a cleaning schedule setup and paid for keeping a clean house and home. to help you with your cleaning service payments you are in good hand.
Check out the chart of TemPaint colors and their mood impressions below: