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 colour 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 colour only. Accenting a wall can even highlight the architectural features of your home.
Painting a wall in an accent colour 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 Colour
To change only one wall in your room, a good first step is to choose a colour that will pair well with your existing wall colour. For instance, if you have soft mocha walls, paint an accent wall in chocolate brown. If your room is painted a neutral colour, add a bold colour to highlight that area. Opposing colours in the colour spectrum work well together, for example a classic combination of cool blue with a warm orange. Adjacent colours on the colour wheel also mix well together, such as shades of green and blue. There is an endless combination of colours 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 Colour
To decide on an accent colour, take a colour you love, and think of all the different hues it comes in. Blue, for example, is not a single colour; 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 colours added to them. Any of these blues will make a gorgeous accent colour.
An accent wall, with a well-chosen colour, 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 colours advance, and cool colours retreat. So, if a hallway looks too long, a warm accent colour on the end wall will make it look shorter, or if you have a small narrow room, a cool accent colour will visually expand the space.
Working with Your Existing Colours
The range of colour combinations available allows you to easily work an accent wall into your existing colour palette using your textiles, art, rugs, pillows, and other home accessories. For a more cohesive look to your space try using your accent colour 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 colour.
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 colour path for your eyes to follow.