Add Dimension and Style to Any Room with Accent Walls
A simple and quick way to add depth and style to any room is to paint an accent wall. An accent wall is a fabulous way to use a vibrant color that you love, and also a beautiful way to showcase some of your favorite décor. Or, with a great paint choice, you can have the wall showcased with color only. Accenting a wall can even highlight the architectural features of your home.
Painting a wall in an accent color that coordinates with the bed comforter gives this bedroom a decorator’s touch and adds vibrancy to an otherwise subdued setting.
Coordinate Your Accent Wall Color
To change only one wall in your room, a good first step is to choose a color that will pair well with your existing wall color. For instance, if you have soft mocha walls, paint an accent wall in chocolate brown. If your room is painted a neutral color, add a bold color to highlight that area. Opposing colors in the color spectrum work well together, for example a classic combination of cool blue with a warm orange. Adjacent colors on the color wheel also mix well together, such as shades of green and blue. There is an endless combination of colors to choose from; you will find your perfect match with a little experimentation.
Blue is used as an accent color in both rooms, but you can see how different shades can enhance your interior style. In the global office, the deep aqua blue sets off the ethnic décor while in the formal entry hall, a deep slate blue lends a regal air.
Endless Possibilities from a Single Color
To decide on an accent color, take a color you love, and think of all the different hues it comes in. Blue, for example, is not a single color; it has many levels and shades. These shades include pure sky blue, deep ocean blue, rich, iridescent peacock blue, and warm turquoise blue. And, within those shades of blue, there are numerous variations depending on the colors added to them. Any of these blues will make a gorgeous accent color.
An accent wall, with a well-chosen color, can bring into focus areas that would otherwise go unnoticed, or help to maximize the look of your space. One simple rule to remember is that visually, warm colors advance, and cool colors retreat. So, if a hallway looks too long, a warm accent color on the end wall will make it look shorter, or if you have a small narrow room, a cool accent color will visually expand the space.
Working with Your Existing Colors
The range of color combinations available allows you to easily work an accent wall into your existing color palette using your textiles, art, rugs, pillows, and other home accessories. For a more cohesive look to your space try using your accent color more than once. Accenting a wall is simple to achieve, but can make a dramatic difference in your space. Whatever direction you decide to take, just remember it is all about the color.
In this modern loft, your eyes naturally travel from the staircase to the dining chairs and into the living space beyond. The clever use of the spicy orange accent wall that matches the dining chairs provides a color path for your eyes to follow.