Painting a room is one of the cheapest ways to make a splash when redesigning a home. If you’ve been considering a color but are concerned that it might be too bold for an entire room, consider using that color for an accent wall. Accent walls are not only visually appealing, but can also help you demarcate parts of your home. If you’re considering putting in an accent wall, don’t go alone. Follow our guide.
When most people think of accent walls, they think of a new color scheme. But accent walls are a great place to think outside the box. If you have a whitewashed wall, consider sandblasting it and exposing the stone. Compared to more modern pieces, it gives the room a structured effect.
Check out the brick accent wall from our New Jersey home setting.
White moldings and decorations
If your walls happen to be decked out with moldings or moldings, repaint them as you paint your accent wall. And always leave moldings and cut white. It’s a clean look for every room and your new accent wall looks even more effective against a white border.
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Don’t leave your accent wall blank
Even if your accent wall is the main attraction, decorate that wall like you would in any other room in the house. If you want to hang a piece of art, place it in a white frame so it pops against the color you have chosen. Or, opt for something more sculptural, like we did with the oars in the home office redesign in Hampton.
Use accent walls to separate areas
In addition to an area rug, using an accent wall is the easiest way to optically separate an area of the house. We faced this dilemma when redesigning this family home on the Upper East Side. So we integrated gray wallpaper in the foyer. This set the space apart from the rest of the home and added texture to an area of the house that is often neglected.
Choose a color based on your room
When choosing an accent color, make sure you know carefully which room you are painting. While common areas can get lighter and bolder colors, you’ll want muted neutrals for your bedroom. If you want to give your bedroom an accent wall, go for a light gray color or some other neutral tone so that it doesn’t disturb your precious sleep.
Check out the gray wall we added to the bedroom on this West Village bachelorette party.
Wallpaper used to be short for old, outdated, and peeling patterns in your grandmother’s living room. However, there are currently numerous contemporary wallpaper alternatives available. When choosing your wallpaper, make sure you follow the other steps outlined here.
Check out the dark gray wallpaper we used in the corner of this SoHo maisonette renovation.
When you feel like you run out of surfaces to decorate, it’s time to upgrade your ceiling. It’s not technically an accent wall, but it can work in much the same way. Therefore, follow the same rules that we have described here.
Check out the gold ceiling we added to the library of this Greenwich estate renovation.
Not getting too suitable
You don’t want your accent wall to clash with your existing furniture, but you also don’t want it to fit too closely together. So if you want to coordinate with a green chair instead of going with the exact same green color, choose something that it contrasts with.
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Test some colors
Don’t be afraid to test out multiple colors or multiple shades of the same color when deciding on an accent wall. Yes, drying paint can be a little tedious, but it will help you decide which paint to ultimately use.
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