A colorful accent wall is a great way to give a room a new look.
It creates a focal point in your interior, which therefore makes the choice of wall important.
If you have a fireplace, built-in bookcase, or anything else you want to showcase, use an accent wall to make this object the center of attention.
Before choosing a paint color, consider the purpose of the room, the atmosphere you want to create, and the current color palette.
When you are ready to start, apply two coats of paint for best results.
If you need a little help in choosing the best wall for your accent, here are some tips from our team.
1. Find The Natural Focal Point In The Room.
The focal point of a room is not always the wall you see when you first enter it.
Choose the wall to which you want to draw attention because it is somehow exceptional and attractive. For example, in a room with a fireplace, highlight the wall behind the fireplace.
If you have built-in bookcases, an interesting corner, paneling, or something else that is architecturally distinctive, highlight these items
In a bedroom, the wall behind the headboard is a great choice for an accent wall.
If you have an exceptional sofa, a work of art, or another striking object in the room, pick the wall that is behind this item.
2. Create A Focal Point If The Room Does Not Have One.
Think about how you plan to decorate the space and the furniture you have.
So you can use these and the accent wall to create a focal point in the room.
If you have to work in a new unfurnished room, be aware that it is the accent wall that will determine the color palette of the rest of the room.
For example, if you want to hang a collection of framed family photos, display them against the background of the accent wall.
Magnificent indoor plants can also serve as focal points. If you have a special plant or something that catches your eye in the nursery, highlight it with an accent wall.
3. Choose A Compact Wall Without Doors Or Windows.
Accent walls look better on solid walls without an opening, like doors or windows.
If you have large open windows that offer a view of a beautiful landscape, this wall is not necessarily a good choice, because the color to accentuate can distract rather than enhance it.
The natural light from the large windows can also change the appearance of the paint on the wall, and you might not like the results.
It is not a hard and fast rule. However, if you want to highlight a wall that has a door or windows, be sure to test the colors day and night before committing.
4. Select The Smallest Wall Farthest From A Rectangular Room.
If you are dealing with a long narrow room, do not highlight one of the long walls.
The color you use to highlight them can make them seem even longer, creating an imbalance in the room.
Highlighting the farthest small wall will make it closer to you and balance the rectangular shape of the room.
In general, this will create a more proportionate atmosphere in the room.
The Bottom Line
Accent walls are a fun and creative way of adding a little drama and excitement into your interior space.
An accent wall serves to break the often monotonous appearance of a room with the same color on all the walls.
If you need professional help creating an accent wall or repainting your home’s interior, Maller Painting would be more than happy to help.
We have years of interior painting experience serving the areas of Beaverton, Sherwood, and Tigard, Oregon.
To give us a try, book a FREE estimate below or call us on (503) 410-6366 if you have any questions.