Have you ever wanted to add a bit of colour to a room but are worried about committing to too much? An accent wall might be that design feature that you have been looking for. When it comes to designing an accent wall, you’ll need to think about where you’ll want it, and the colours in your room that you can pull from. The best areas in the room to place an accent wall is behind larger furniture like your bed or couch or a wall that might be recessed or set back from the space. The idea is to bring the focus and draw attention in the space to an area of the room and add a touch of dimension, intrigue, and style.
Where should you paint an accent wall?
The first step is to pick between wallpaper or paint. Wallpaper on an accent wall can add an artistic element to your space or try a bold print without committing to it repeating in the full space. Or if you’re looking at paint, try and pull a colour that compliments the surrounding walls but is a few shades darker to a complimentary contrasting colour. If you’re not sure which one to pick, download the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer app to use augmented reality or a photo to see how the paint colours may look in real-time.
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What colour should you paint an accent wall?
In this space, the kitchen, living room, and main hallways are a light grey painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Fleur de Sel (SW 7666) that is a cool neutral to carry through the main living areas. Since the living room wall is recessed from the other areas on the floor, it worked to give the accent wall a bit of drama. In addition, the large south-facing windows let in a lot of light which makes using a darker colour not as daunting.
For this wall, we painted the recessed accent wall in Sherwin-Williams’ Naval (SW 6244) to give the space a bit of drama. We went with the to get a flawless, and uniform paint in flat to reduce the shine on that wall, but the surrounding walls were painted in an eg-shel finish. This paint is also a paint and primer in one, so it made painting this wall an easier process. When we decorate, we’ll pull blues throughout the space in crushed velvet accents and other textiles, and have plans to see this same colour in the adjacent powder room. But, we love how this dark wall brings a bit of warmth into an otherwise bright space.