Creating a Fabulous Accent Wall

Green accent wallDo you have a room that’s a little boring and in need of something more? Creating an accent wall can give your room a focal point and can create a lasting first impression. But where do you start? How do you choose which wall or which color will work best for your space and decorating taste? Here are four tips to get you started.

1. First, pick a room, then pick a wall.

Picking the right wall to accent is a very important choice.  Choosing the wrong wall will be not only a waste of time and money, but it may also backfire on you and make the wall more of an annoyance, instead of something very pleasing.

A bedroom is a good place to start, especially if you are nervous about painting an accent wall.  Bedrooms are typically smaller so there is less time and materials involved.  Also, if you make too dramatic of a choice in color or patterns, all you have to do is close the door and the guests will never know!

If you choose to put your accent wall in one of the more public areas of the house, such as a living room or kitchen, choosing a good wall to accent can be a bit more difficult. Look around the room you would like to liven up. What is the current focal point?  When you walk into the room, which wall catches the eye?  If you are having a difficult time choosing, have a friend or neighbor come over and ask them.

2. Decide what accent material to use.

Painting a flat color on one wall isn’t your only option for creating an accent wall. It may be exactly what you are looking for, but you may want something more.  Try painting your wall one color and then stenciling a shape or design in another color or sheen on top of it.

You can also create an accent wall using wallpaper. Paneling, fabric, oversized curtains and drapes, paintings, and other features can all be considered on an accent wall.

3. Pick your color.

When most people think of accent walls they think of bright red or other bold colors.  If this is too dramatic for your style, you can do a subtle accent wall using a color one or two shades lighter or darker than the rest of the room.  Look around the room and pull a repeating color, like one found in window coverings, light shades, or even a color in a rug or the carpet.

4. Choose your level of impact

You may want to have an accent wall that is very slight and barely discernible, or you may want a dramatic wall that demands attention.  Either way, pick what fits our personality and style.

5. Relax and enjoy

Once you decide, just jump in and do it.  Don’t fret about if you made the right choices or not.  Get it done and enjoy the new look.  Then after a few weeks, if you decide it is not for you, the wall can easily be changed again.  Remember, your perfect look is just a coat of paint away!

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