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4 Steps for Painting a Striking Accent Wall

accent wall interior designPainting an accent wall is a quick and affordable way to transform the appearance of any room in your home. It is a technique that is often used to create an appealing visual focal point that pops. While accent walls are easy to create, deciding which wall to use and choosing a paint color can be difficult. Here are the steps you can take to make sure your accent wall makes a striking visual impact rather than looking like a circus side show.

Choosing an Accent Wall

Before getting started, choose the wall to use as an accent. To do this, look around the rooms in your home. The wall that naturally draws your attention is the focal point. It may be the wall next to your bed or the back wall in the family room. Don’t choose a wall with doors or windows. It will just distract from the appearance you are trying to create. Remember you want this wall to stand out; windows or doors will distract from this appearance. You want to choose a wall that will bring out the most visual impact. Also, fireplaces are natural focal points. Consider painting the wall surrounding your fireplace in a complementary accent color to create a stunning visual affect.

Consider the Room’s Lighting

The lighting in a room will help determine your color choices for an accent wall. To brighten up a dark interior space, use a contrasting paint color in a lighter shade. On the other side of the spectrum, use a darker color to soften a bright space. Avoid using dark accent colors in dark spaces or light colors in bright spaces as it will diminish the affect of an accent wall.

Select the Paint Color

When selecting the paint color for your accent wall, keep the colors of the surrounding walls in mind. Ideally, you will have one paint color for the accent wall, and a contrasting color for the surrounding walls in the space. For instance, you can choose to paint the focal wall a bold or darker accent color with a light to medium neutral color for the other walls. When choosing neutral paint colors, stay near the middle of a color chip. Don’t use a color that is too light. Think beige and tan, not off-white and creme.

accent wall interior designMake Sure There is Color Balance

You should ensure that there is color coordination between the accent wall and other elements in the room, like the furnishings. For example, if you have a red couch, don’t paint a red accent wall. Select a complementary color that will bring out the colors in your couch, pillows, drapery, and other elements in the room.

Let the professionals at Lakeland Painting take the guess work out of your interior painting project. Our free color consultation will help you choose the perfect colors for every room in the home.