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Accent wall painting adds interest to a room
Just as an exotic accent can make a stranger seem more
interesting, an accent wall can add drama and excitement to a
room. Accent walls are generally painted in a deeper, bolder color
than a room’s three primary walls and ceiling. This design
technique can bring some definition to an otherwise featureless
room, or it can enhance a focal point already present in a room,
such as a fireplace.
In many cases, an accent wall suggests a particular feeling. A
vibrant orange wall might energize a room, while a pink wall could
create a sense of tranquility. If you hope to define or anchor a
separate space within a room – a reading nook, for example, or a
dining area – an accent wall can do the trick.
An accent wall can effectively set off black-and-white family
photos. It can also make a large room feel cozier (warm colors
appear to contract), or a small room more expansive (cool colors
recede from the eye). There are many reasons to create an
accent wall, but the process isn’t quite as simple as it seems.
Choosing the right wall is essential, as is selecting an appropriate
color. Fortunately, painting an accent wall is the kind of project
that provides considerable reward for relatively little effort – as
long as you do your homework.
Though it’s a rule of thumb, the first wall you see when you enter a room isn’t
always the best one to accent. Accent walls are often solid, without doors or
windows. However, a richly colored wall can make a stunning frame for attractive
French doors or a window with a picturesque view. When it comes to accent
walls, rules only take you so far, and some are made to be broken.
One reliable rule dictates that an accent wall should highlight a point of focus.
The headboard of a bed is a prime example; significant furniture, a large or
dramatic artwork, or an architectural feature can work equally well. It’s also
possible to create a focal point: A sizable plant, a floor vase, a sculpture, or
framed photos might fit the bill. Of course, if one of the three primary walls
includes a focal point, it can compete with the accent wall for the eye’s attention,
creating confusion and weakening the room’s aesthetic integrity.
An accent wall’s bold color is meant to stand out from the primary walls’ neutral
hue, but there’s no reason the two colors can’t be related. A common practice is
to paint the accent wall the same color as the primary walls, but two or three
shades darker. A room’s existing décor may provide inspiration; throw pillows or
drapes often suggest a suitable accent color. That said, using a dominant color
for the accent wall – such as the color of the room’s upholstery – can backfire,
overwhelming the eye instead of simply enlivening the space.
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