The Power of an Accent or Feature Wall

October 12, 2016

Are you hoping to make an architectural feature pop in your home or add interest to a mainly monochromatic room? You don’t have to be an interior designer to know that an accent wall can make a room zing without overpowering it. Accent walls or feature walls can draw attention to an area using a different color, design or texture on a wall.

Choosing an Accent Wall Many homeowners use feature walls to accentuate:

  • a distinct architectural feature
  •  a fireplace wall
  •  built-in bookshelves
  •  wainscoting
  •  interesting nooks
  • paintings or window features

Allow the unique attributes of the room to be your guide on choosing an accent wall. Think about where you want the eyes to be drawn to upon entering that room. Many homeowners use the accent wall to emphasize a decorative element such as a painting, headboard or unusual feature to a room; while businesses use accent walls to highlight a business logo, waiting area or office entrance. Once you have decided upon the wall, follow the “60-30-10” Accent Rule. The 60-30-10 Rule is a timeless decorating rule that can help you put a color scheme together easily. This concept is referring to the proportion of color in a room.

Here’s how the 60-30-10 accent wall color rule works:

  •  60 percent of the room including its painted surfaces represents your dominant color choice
  • 30 percent is applied to a secondary color
  • 10 percent is for the accent color – possibly your accent or feature wall.

Adding a splash of color can be a great way to make any room come to life. Talk to our painting professionals about how an accent wall could be used in your home.

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