Advice on adding an accent wall to a living space

Posted by admin - December 1, 2015 - Current Trends, Designer Insights, Interior Design

The phrase ‘accents walls’ could definitely be viewed as trendy, 21st century interior design terminology. Though we have to admit, these vibrant and striking features are fashionable for a reason – they work well in a diverse range of interiors. That said there are some ‘rule’s which should be at least noted, if not followed, before anyone embarks on an accent wall project.

Pick the right wall

The whole purpose of an accent wall is to add some pizzazz into a room and create a focal point. Accentuating a wall that is hidden and barely seen would be a waste of time, whilst opting for the largest and most obvious wall in the room might overdo it! It is therefore important that you pick the right wall and choose one that crafts a subtle playful addition to the décor of the room but at the same time is adequately visible to be noticed and admired.
Also choosing a wall that has some shapely intrigue can be effective. For example, the wall in which a fireplace is embedded can often be more unusually shaped than the other walls in the room. The unique shape of the wall will be accentuated when decorated it in a stand-out colour, pattern or design.

Getting the colour right

You wouldn’t wear a red skirt with a pink blouse and this same colour diligence should be applied when painting an accent wall.

As well as ensuring the tone of the accent wall doesn’t clash with the rest of the room, general speaking this stand-alone feature should be slightly darker than its adjoining walls in order to ensure it stands out and creates the focal point it is intended to create.

Think about the design

The same principle should be applied when choosing the design and decoration of this stand-out feature. Adding pattern and decoration to a wall will certainly help it stand out and craft a striking feature within the space. However, go too overboard with the decoration and you’ll run the risk of the feature becoming too overpowering.
Whether you decide to wallpaper the wall, draw stencils on it, or merely hang artwork, mirrors and photographs, think about how it will marry with the rest of the room as although the whole purpose of an accent wall is to make it stand out, you don’t want to make it too chav either.

Which room is the accent room going to be part of?

Naturally the colour, pattern and style of your accent wall will be greatly dependent on what room is being decorated. For example, colourful hues of bright pink set alongside Flower Fairy stencils might look great in a child’s bedroom but not so good in a living room.

As this important interior feature will go a long way in making a statement in a living space, it needs to be in-keeping and retain a similar tone and character as the rest of the room.