Getting Down to Details When Creating an Accent Wall

There is something about looking at those bright, deep hues of color that just makes you feel good; but if you are putting those colors on your walls, a little bit goes a long way. An accent wall can give you the intense color you crave without overwhelming the entire room or inadvertently impacting the mood it creates.

Carefully planning the location and features of the wall can accomplish a number of other feats as well, including:

  • Bring attention to architectural or artistic features on the wall
  • Emphasize the natural light coming into the room
  • Separate the room into sections
  • Create drama
  • Give the room a larger or smaller appearance

Choosing the Wall and the Color

Your choice in colors will determine the impact it has on the wall according to the layout of the room, and the type and amount of natural light it has. Light colors such as whites and pastels create the illusion of more space, while dark or highly pigmented colors like red or purple make the wall seem closer to you, reducing the size of the room. Since most people use bright or deep colors for accent walls, it is a good idea to choose a wall at the end of the longest part of the room. Using a light hue on the remaining walls will make the color pop even more and help to open up the space.

Natural light that comes from the east or north is cooler than that coming from the west or south. Choose a warm hue (reds, yellows, oranges) to accent a room that gets cool light, or, for a warm room, use a cool hue (blues, purples, greens) for the accent wall. This will prevent the room from appearing either fiery hot or freezing cold.

One of the great things about creating accent walls is that you don’t really have to coordinate the color with anything else in the room. Some people prefer to add accents that bring the color throughout the entire room. If you prefer to have a bright green wall to accent your neutral colored room, that will work just as well. Just keep in mind that the color choice should be determined by the size and light of the room, as explained above, and it should contrast enough to draw attention to that wall beyond the others in the room.

Choosing the wall and the color to paint it aren’t the only factors that will determine whether you get the high-impact results you want. It is also essential to prepare the wall for painting and to apply the paint professionally for a flawless finish. Whether you are simply adding paint to the accent wall or painting the entire room, the interior painting contractors from Dixon Painting will turn your idea into a reality.

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