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4 Secrets Behind Accent Walls

Accent walls are a unique way to tie together color schemes in a home, add a subtle depth to your walls or create dramatic centerpieces that invite your guests inside. Despite their many uses, it can be hard to find the perfect balance between bold and stylish for your accent walls. Many times where to place an accent wall is a hard decision too! How do you choose a wall that won’t break up the flow of your home but serve to unify it? Today we have walk you through exactly how to choose an accent wall and then how to pick the best color for it. 360° Painting always has your back!  4 Secrets Behind Accent Walls

Secret 1: Choose the Right Wall

How do you know where to put an accent wall? First, let’s talk about what to avoid. However subtle the color, accent walls are still noticeable. So avoid putting an accent wall in a small, enclosed space. Additionally, avoid accent walls in rooms with little natural light. In these situations, an accent wall will break up the room and make it feel small.

However, accent walls are perfect for open, brightly-lit spaces that you want to make feel connected and cozy. Open floor plans, tall ceilings and rooms with nooks (small, contoured spaces) are the perfect canvases for your accent wall.

Grey Accent Wall
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This photo from Homepolish is a great example; the open floor plan is broken up to make the space more intimate with an accent wall that demarcates “living” and “dining” rooms while still maintaining the flow of the interior. Note especially that even the nooks here are painted; it connects even the shelving with the entire interior space.

And this living room loft below from Anthony Michael Interior Design is open but draws the eye to a center focal point, thanks to the bold accent wall. This is also a great example of using an accent wall to contrast with a different wall texture; the smooth paint and the rough brick add interest and depth.

Accent Wall
Photo Credit: Anthony Michael Interior Design

Secret 2: Pick the right color

As with any paint project pay attention to the light! Never pick a dark color in a dark space; even with just an accent wall it will make the space heavy. Remember to use an accent wall not as a “one time” surprise in your house, but as the knot that ties all the color threads together. You may have different colors upstairs and downstairs, and from room to room, but an accent wall as the awesome power to bring them all together. Consider using a color wheel to choose a coordinating color.

Just because you want the accent wall to be your “knot” doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Go bold! Use a color that would be overwhelming in the whole space (but is still on the color palette of your other paint colors).

Accent wall with constellations
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Or, an accent wall is a great space for wallpaper that would be gaudy if you used it over the entire space. Detailed wallpaper, like this one of the night sky in this nursery, are perfect as a flourish in your house. Think of wallpaper-ed accent walls as artwork that pops from your color scheme but doesn’t conflict!

Secret 3: Incorporate fabric

Accent walls not only tie the paint colors together, but absolutely can be used to connect fabric to wall, making the entire home seem uniform. It's easiest to pick fabrics after paint the accent wall but, considering that this may be a small home-improvement project instead of a total home renovation, accent wall colors can easily be used to highlight an already-existing color in your fabric. Trusted paint company Sherwin-Williams even has color-matching technology to help pick up the exact color palette in your fabric. You can download the Sherwin-Williams Color Snap tool right to your phone (here).

Person choosing an accent color

Note how this room from Homepolish uses the accent walls to pick out a color from the open floor plan and weaves it from wall, to cushions to rug detailing.

Fabric accent wall
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Secret 4: Enjoy your new stylish home

Sit back and relax in your freshly updated, uniquely-you home! (This is the easiest part!)

Accent wall behind TV
Photo Credit: Kismet House

This perfect accent wall from designer and lifestyle blogger of Kismet House follows all our tips and makes the most of the existing colors in the fabrics! We love it!