If you have recently moved into a home or have stuck with the same layout for some time, you may feel the impulse with the onset of spring to liven things up a bit. Whether you are sprucing up a new home or reinvigorating a room that seems to have lost its luster, accent walls are a great way to draw eyes and start conversations.
If you are not quite sure how to get started, consider the following tips.
Know your colors
To ensure the effectiveness of your accent wall, you need to have a firm understanding of how colors will work with relation to how you read a room. As SFGate.com points out, warm colors—reds, oranges and yellows—have a tendency to pull in (or “fore-shorten”) walls while cool colors—blues, greens and purples—tend to create the illusion of elongating a room.
As such, it is imperative to know how to employ these colors to your advantage. If you have a room that feels as if it is cramped or narrow, use a cool color to widen or elongate it. If you have a room that feels to long, use a red accent wall to pull it closer to the rest of the room. The right shade of paint in the right places can mean all the difference with your accent wall.
Wallpaper is a great way to build a memorable accent wall in any room, particularly if you know how to use it to your advantage. RealSimple.com recommends a warm and cheery wallpaper that “picks up other colors in the room” as your go-to choice; if for example you are looking to add to a living room that plays with different blues and yellows, find a wallpaper that utilizes comparable colors to better bring out those other hues. This effect works particularly well in a room where the walls are white or some other neutral color.
Similarly, if you are building an accent wall around a fireplace or a bookshelf, you can find a wallpaper that is patterned to look like brick or reclaimed wood. This allows you to play upon the natural look of a centerpiece in a distinctive manner without having to shell out for the high cost of using actual brick or wood.
With relation to the idea of playing on a fireplace or piece of furniture, BHG.com recommends playing with pattern and texture to amplify an accent wall. If you are not married to the idea of having a wall that is completely disparate in color, BHG.com recommends using vertical pieces of wood painted in the same hue as the wall itself as a means to punctuate a room’s look. MurphysOilSoap.com notes that overwhelming a room can be one of the biggest mistakes that throws off an accent wall, so employing this approach allows you to create an accent with more subtlety.
An accent room in your living room, bedroom or kitchen is a great way to create a vibrant atmosphere that is lively and welcoming. When considering an accent wall, know the room you are working with and use that information to formulate a plan of action.