In this era of HGTV and weekend warriors taking on small projects within their homes, it is no doubt that one of the easiest and transformative ways to change the look of a room is to paint an accent wall. Even a subtle color change can shift the tone and mood of an entire room. A pop of color can refresh a room that was looking dated or worn. Take a look at some of our ideas for adding an accent wall in your bedroom, living room, or even the kitchen.
A Shade Darker/Lighter
One of the easiest ways to change the overall feel of a room without making a major color shift is to choose a color that is either a little darker or lighter than the main color you are using for the room. For example, if you have a gray color palette in your living room, maybe paint the wall that contains your fireplace a darker shade of that same gray to create a focal point. Depending upon the main color palette you can easily coordinate the color without having to completely disrupt the rooms furnishings. That’s one of the joys of painting an accent way… minimal intrusion into a room.
Many kitchens have lots of cabinets and detailed architectural features that could use a color that contrasts or offsets the rest of the room.
For example, if you have a neutral color palette, choose a color that is on the opposite end of the color wheel to make it pop! For example, a room that is filled with blues may benefit from a pop of color in the purples, reds, or yellows.
While contrasting colors are meant to be directly opposite in the color spectrum, choosing a coordinating color means choosing a color for your accent wall that works well and blends into the room in a seamless fashion.
For example, adding a new shade of neutral coloring to an already neutral room can make things look well matched. Or adding a deeper shade of blue to a lighter shade in the same color family can draw the eye to the darker area without taking away from the original color. Or maybe adding a green wall adjacent to the original blue will allow for coordination while still letting the accent wall be a bit different from the rest of the room.
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