Accent walls are an excellent way to experiment with bold paint colors while keeping yourself from going overboard. By splashing a bit of color on an accent wall when painting a room, your room can make a big statement. Many aspects should be considered before selecting an accent wall and its future color. Your paint project will be well worth your investment by considering these aspects.
- Take note of the natural light in your room. If the room you are going to paint is located on the eastern or northern side of your home, chances are that the natural light entering the room will be much cooler than southern facing rooms. Rooms with cooler natural light will best pair with warm hues while southern or western facing rooms fit best with lighter paint colors. Otherwise, a southern facing room with a red accent wall may feel like the surface of the sun after light is added.
- Use color psychology. Bold paint colors — red, orange, yellow — all draw the eye immediately. This being said, an accent wall painted red will stand out more than any other wall in the room. If you choose a side wall as the accent wall with a bold color, you may end up making your room too narrow. Instead, choose an accent wall that you would like to bring forward in order to balance your room’s visual space. Cooler colors tend to push your eyes away — or direct them towards the brighter, bolder colors in the room. By painting an accent wall with a cool hue, you can make a small room feel larger. Try a soft blue, purple, or green.
- Consider your potential décor and furnishings. The accent wall should become part of the room’s new focal point, not be upstaged by a dramatic window treatment or unique piece of furniture. Choose an accent wall and paint color that will mesh well with your existing home décor and will embrace any future interior design elements.
- Discover the reason for your accent wall and paint accordingly. At the end of the day, an accent wall is there to be, well, accentuated. A feature such as a fireplace or a large piece of furniture may be the special reason to select an accent wall versus the other walls in your home. Knowing the reason you are choosing this particular wall to highlight can help direct the entire project.
As one of Oregon’s finest professional paint services, Bluenote Painting can help you identify the best accent walls in your home and select an ideal paint color. Read what others are saying about Bluenote Painting and let us complete your next paint project!