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What Is An Accent Wall?

By Lianne Jones July 07, 2022 0 comments

Accent walls have become a really popular decorating choice in a lot of homes. They are an easy way to add a pop of color to one wall in a room, which can completely change the feel of a room.

You aren't limited to any paint choices, it all depends on the style of room that you are going after.

What Is An Accent Wall?

An accent wall can be a really personal choice, and makes your home unique and special. 

In this article, we will be discussing what an accent wall is. We will also discuss some dos and don'ts when it comes to an accent wall. 

What Is An Accent Wall?

Before we get into anything, it's best we explain what an accent wall is for those of you who don’t know. 

An accent wall can either be an exterior, but normally is an interior wall. This wall is usually a different color, design, shade or material from all the other walls that are around or near it.

Accent walls are a really popular choice, it allows homeowners to have a lot of flexibility with the colors they choose and gives them a lot of creativity for how their homes look overall. 

You can use this reason to add a pop of color or design to your advantage. You can use an accent wall to make what appears to be a short wall seem much longer, by painting the wall in a cool green or blue.

In addition to that, you can make a long wall seem more balanced by painting it with warmer hues of yellow, red and orange.

An accent wall is a great way to make a room feel more personal and let your creativity flourish.

However, there are some dos and don't to accent walls that we are going to go into below. 

Think Outside The Box

With accent walls, you don’t have to stick to a solid color. You can let your imagination run wild, and try bold patterns or a metallic paint.

Stripes or dots are a great choice if you want to try something a bit different from a solid block color. 

In addition to that, you don’t have to stick with paint. Your accent wall could be created using wallpaper.

Again, your wallpaper doesn't have to be solid color, it could have a gorgeous design on it that works well in the room. 

Some of the latest wallpapers being designed can help give your room a more chic look, without the long term commitment.

This is because if you don’t like the look of it, you can easily replace it. If you are someone who is renting a property, then temporary wallpaper is a great option to use.

As you can personalize your home, but aren’t making any permanent changes that may affect your renters contract. 

Choose The Correct Wall

There is no right or way to paint an accent wall. Although, you want to choose the best wall possible to really elevate the room.

As a result, any rooms that don’t have an architectural benefit, they will really benefit from being the accent wall. 

Alongside this, you could use a wall of windows as your accent wall.

However, it is important to note, that if you use a dark color on your accent wall that is surrounding any windows, then this creates a bright light which could overwhelm the room. 

With that being said, you don't have to just consider walls, the ceiling could be your accent wall if you wanted it to be. This is more uncommon, but it doesn’t mean you can't’ choose the ceiling.

If you do decide to do an accent ceiling, then be sure to use vivid or soft colors.

Try to avoid dark colors and use a white crown molding to help make a distinction between your walls and ceiling. 

Accent Walls In Neutral Rooms 

Even if you are trying to achieve quite a neutral room, you can still have an accent wall.

Normally, when people think of an accent wall, they think of really bright and vivid colors. However, if you are going for a more neutral theme, you can use a neutral color as your accent wall.

For example, a dark brown accent wall in a neutral room can provide you with a really classy and dramatic effect. 

In addition to that, you should be aware of the other walls and what colors they are painted.

Even though there are no real rules, you still want your room to be in harmony with all the colors that you decide to place in there. You still want all the colors to work well together.

A lot of people have been adding contrast walls in an all white room. The effect it has is beautiful, but it can be tricky to get right depending on the color of the accent wall that is chosen.

A bright accent wall in a white room creates a very modern looking room.

However, you can use a bold accent wall with a more neutral room that has been painted gray or beige. This creates a nicely balanced room. 

Final Thoughts 

An accent wall is a great way to add a personalized touch to a room in your home.

You can be quite creative with an accent wall, by choosing bright or bold colors. However, you can even choose a busy wallpaper to add to your accent wall. 

There are a lot of possibilities that you can do with an accent wall.

It’s just important that you take into consideration how you want the entire room to look. Therefore, all the colors should balance each other out, and work in harmony. 

We hope you have enjoyed this article, and now have a better understanding of what an accent wall is.


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