The Power Of Accent Walls

I have always loved accent walls.  When placed and designed well, they can create a grounding and a theme for a room.  I’ll explain…

An accent wall can do many things.  When I have chosen to do them, it is typically to add color, texture and warmth to a room.  If you have four walls the same color, it can look beautiful.  But when you place an accent wall, you have given the eye a focal point for the room.  It pops the whole design of the room, similar to lipstick does on a woman.  Sorry, that was the best way I could correlate this…

Here is an example:

Simple Bedroom with 4 white walls

The Same Bedroom designed with an accent wall…

The placement of an accent grounds the space, giving it warmth and adding to the overall design theme of the room.  The other thing that accent wall can do is to bring in a texture, such as stone or wood, giving the space an element of the outdoors, which does give the room a new energy.

How To Choose An Accent Wall

This is the first important choice you will make when thinking about creating an accent wall.  The wall you choose should be the wall that is the main wall of the room, i.e., the wall that may be the furthest from when you walk into the room.  Bedrooms are easy as the accent wall should be behind the bed, as pictured above.  The wall in the dining room above was done as a backdrop to the dining area, which is stunning.

The best thing to do is to notice which wall grabs your attention when you walk into a room.  A wall with a fireplace, the back wall of a dining area and even a wall in a bathroom as pictured in the main picture of this article.  The kitchen below has an accent wall behind the dining area, warming this bright kitchen and once again grounding the space, which bring me to color choices for accent walls.

Choosing Your Colors For Accent Walls

I have seen many beautiful accent walls done.  Throughout the designs I have done or seen, my suggestion is always to go with a more neutral color or texture for an accent wall.  This is not to knock bolder colors, i.e., blues, lavenders, golds.  But when designing with bolder colors, it can sometimes overtake the design of the room and unless you are pulling that same theme throughout the home, it can stick out like a sore thumb.

If you choose a more neutral color, you have a base for which to add accent colors without color dominating the room.  The other things is, neutral colors are just more soothing to be around.  Bright colors can excite and even agitate your surroundings without you even knowing it.

With the neutral colors, you still have the choice of light or dark tones.  The darker colors or tones can really bring comfort and coziness to a room.  They also make a strong statement.  The lighter neutrals still add contrast, but bring a softer touch to a room.