Accent walls are a way of adding a personal touch to your home décor. It’s a lot like using bold font or italics to make a statement. They catch your eye and add a bit of visual drama to the room. If you do it right, you’ve successfully added excitement, emotion and variety to the room. But do it wrong and your walls just look odd and confusing. Keep these points in mind before picking up the paintbrush:
The motive of accenting a wall is to bring attention to it. What grabs your attention when you walk into a room? This should be what you want to highlight. It’s always best to draw attention to architectural details like a fireplace or a built-in book rack. Move on to color only after picking the perfect wall to accentuate.
The only proper way to accent your walls is to choose a color that is a couple of shades darker than the rest of the walls. Choosing paint 2 shades darker than the rest usually works out great.
You need to know your colors. There are seven colors in the paint spectrum, but most colors are made by mixing other colors. You need to find shades that complement each other well, and these complementary colors are usually within three to six shades in the same color family.
You can also pick an accent color from the existing décor. Just look at your decorative pieces or throw pillows and use that color for the accent wall. But make sure you don’t pick the dominant color of the room. When you put too much emphasis on a color, it usually does the opposite of what it was meant to do.
You need to see that enough contrast exists between your furniture and decorations so they don’t blend into the new color background and go unnoticed.
Color has a psychological impact on your mind. Be sure to account for the purpose of the room before painting it. Colors like red radiate a lot of energy and blue usually has a calming and peaceful effect on the mind. This is why accenting your bedroom with red wouldn’t work as well as using blue. Likewise red and orange would be great accent colors for the kitchen as they would provide that splash of color and energy that boosts productivity.
The 60-30-10 rule is a very effective painting tool. Here’s how it works: