Accent walls have become very popular in the recent years.
The picture shown here is an accent wall we painted in a bedroom. Notice that the accent wall has the bed against it. You want to paint the accent wall one that has most purpose for this, like a focal point. In this case that is the bed. Some examples might be if your large furniture is against it, like the bed or entertainment center or if the wall is odd shaped.
Here's 5 reasons to try an accent wall in your home:
1. It gives definition to your home. Walls all the same color? Looks so flat. If you have interesting architecture this is a really nice way to bring it to life. Don't go overboard. Just one on each floor would do the trick. Think around your fireplace, or on a divider wall. Here's a visual for you.
2. They bring color into your home without compromising the light that any neutral shade provides.
See what I mean here.
3. They save you from decorating. No more holes in the walls! An accent wall is a decoration in itself and you don't want to overdo it with too many pictures. Accent walls can even have decorations painted on them, or stripes, or anything really! Blik is a company that sells wall decals, so it doesn't have to be permanent! How cool is that? Click here for an example of a decorative accent wall.
4. They show less dirt/wear. On that light/white wall believe me you're going to see it all. Choosing a darker shade, or a pattern can make marks and wear less noticeable. Check out this nice accent wall in a laundry room, a space that often sees a lot of use!
5. Helps highlight things in your home. The eye is drawn to colors, and if you own anything that you'd like to draw people's attention to this is the perfect way to do it. This example is cool because the wall almost looks like the picture frame. See it here.
Because dark colors can make a room look smaller consider doing these in larger rooms, on the wall against the staircase, in rooms with large windows, next to sliding doors, or choose a slightly lighter color for the bedroom depending on the size and window coverage.
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.