Home decorating is never complete without an accent wall. There are accent wall colour combinations and paint pattern ideas that remain popular because of how well they go with everything else around the house. There are so many options to choose from, different surfaces to work on, and materials that make it easy to give your home more oomph. The accent wall can be just as personal as you want it to be. They can be a standout if you know how to choose.
Finding the best accent wall
First, we need to understand that the accent wall rule of thumb is that it is the room decorated differently from the rest of the walls around the house. It is the wall that you feel has the potential to be the centrepiece of the home. If you’re finding it hard to pick a wall, do not worry. Choosing a wall isn’t that difficult because as a homeowner, you are opening your house to family and friends. You can ask for their opinions on which wall seems to command their attention. There will be differing opinions, of course, but the wall with the most choice should be the one to get you prepared to work.
Your choice pick for a wall won’t be much of a conversation starter if the rest of the furniture around the house is misplaced. You can’t have it obscured or without enough accessories. It is best to plan the position of your furniture well and to avoid using too many curtains or anything significant that will hide your wall. It will also have that unbalanced feel if it is not decorated enough. Remember, you want the wall to have some drama in them and not leave them empty. The right kind of colour plus some knick knacks will bring out the centre stage you want.
Once you’ve already decided on a wall, here are some tips on how to choose the right colors:
- Choosing the color for your accent wall is as simple as using the color theory. Warm colors such as yellow, orange, and red have a tendency to draw the eye to them. The red color, when painted on a wall, would make a wall “pop”, giving the illusion that it’s much nearer compared to a light colored wall. This could work on a long wall or perhaps one that is the farthest in the house. You can produce the same effect depending on how you paint a wall.
- Just like warm colours, “cool” shades can bring in a lot of drama into a room. Consider green, blue, and purple. If warm tones pull the wall towards you, cool ones push itself away from a person, making it look farther away. It could bring the illusion of longer and broader wall by painting the end or the side wall in a cold colour of your choice.
- Use natural lighting to your advantage and determine the temperature of light in the room where your wall is. A room at the north or east of the house fills with cooler light shining down the window. Meanwhile at the south and west of the home, the light will be warmer. The rooms located in the first two directions would best be painted with warmer hues while the latter one would look great with cool tones. It is because when light enters a warm coloured room, it will give a hot-temperature fell to the place. Same as with a northern room painted with icy blue would give a colder feel.
- Your room’s features should also balance the colour as well as future furnishings. An accent wall is more likely to be hidden with large ceiling to floor curtains, large frames of art pieces and more. Leaving it bare will make it bland and unexciting. It is why it’s important to choose a wall that you can decorate with other elements.
- Look carefully around your home to discover a particular wall that naturally draws attention. This wall could be different because it might have a fireplace, the surface is made of stone instead of concrete, or perhaps an antique furnishing is attached to it. This wall is good enough to be the accent wall because it is different, to begin with from the rest of the walls around your home. Carefully plan the touches it will need and make sure that whatever colour you choose won’t overpower everything else in the house.