Posted: March 12, 2019 at 11:17 pm
Accents walls are one of the most budget-friendly ways to add a fresh, new look to any room of your home. And, when it comes to accent walls, the possibilities are nearly endless. Most people’s minds immediately go to a simple painted accent wall, but there are so many ways to use color, texture, pattern, and playfulness to bring this concept to life. But before you get started, consider the why behind the how, and put some thought into which wall you want to jazz up.
First Things First: Picking Your Accent Wall
There are a few things to consider when choosing an accent wall. You’ll want to think about the natural lighting in the room, the visual effect you’re trying to achieve, architectural features, and planned furnishings.
Keep in mind that warm hues tend to make a wall feel closer; cool hues have the opposite effect. So, if you’re trying to make a long, narrow room feel more balanced, it makes sense to paint the wall furthest from the entryway in a nice orange or red. If you want to make a room feel larger, go with a blue, green or purple. Warm hues also work better in rooms that receive more direct sunlight, whereas cooler hues work best with indirect light.
It’s also important to consider the logic behind why a wall would receive special treatment. Will it make a fireplace stand out? Will it add interest behind a platform bed, so you can forego a headboard? Accent walls should be chosen for their ability to make a strong visual impact. Avoid choosing a wall that will be obscured by oversized furnishings, draperies, or lots of wall hangings.
Let’s start with the obvious: a simple coat of paint. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely stunning. In most cases, all you’ll need are a gallon of paint and a free afternoon.
From funky to floral to the writing on the wall, decals are an easy-to-apply and easy-to-remove way to add pizazz. Create your own geometric pattern, install a thematic mural, or showcase your family’s motto. The only limit is your imagination.
Wallpaper technology has come a long, long way. For do-it-yourselfers, temporary wallpaper is a great option. For more ambitious paper designs (such as busy patterns or fabric papers), you might want to call in the professionals.
Wood, marble, stone, brick. Veneer accent walls give you a premium look without the price tag. It can be applied to create a seamless pattern, or you can opt for a marquetry look.
Bold color not your thing? Wood paneling lets you work within the same color, using texture and raised patterns to create contrast.
Perfect in the kitchen, bathroom, or around the fireplace, tile accent walls make a dramatic impact. If you have room in your budget, a floor-to-ceiling tile wall makes a high-class, elegant statement. You can also achieve a similar look using peel-and-stick tiles, if you’re redesigning on a dime.
Whether or not your house is built from bricks, you can lay on this retro look. Construct a partition wall from real brick, use veneer, or find a high-quality wallpaper that imitates brick. Leave it rough and exposed, lacquer it for a more even look, or apply a couple coats of paint for a monochromatic wall that preserves the texture and lines.
A more urban take on exposed brick, an exposed concrete wall makes an excellent accent in industrial and transitional décor. They look great in basements and hallways, where indirect light can highlight their texture and create interesting effects.
Going for that eclectic cottage look? Try creating a patchwork wall using different wallpapers in complementary patterns and colors. It’s easy on the budget, because wallpaper remnants can be picked up at a big discount.
For homes with kids (or for kids-at-heart) chalkboard walls let inner creativity flow freely. And can spare your other walls from the perils of crayons and markers.
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