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The Importance of Accent Walls

November 20, 2020

What is an accent wall? An accent wall, otherwise known as a feature wall, is a wall that features a design that differs from that of the other walls in the room. Traditionally, we see accent walls used in a way that will help break up the monotonous feel of a room but adding a burst of color or a design on a wall. There are more ways to create an accent wall than by just painting the wall a different color. Changing one wall by using wallpaper or drawing some sort of lines with paint to break up the current tone of the room by shifting it just slightly. Additionally, you could create a gallery wall filled with variations of art that’s been acquired over the years. Keeping the room filled with neutral furnishings and no additional colors to break up the color scheme will allow for you to find the perfect accent wall to fit the space.

Symmetry of a Room

Have you ever looked at a room and thought that it didn’t feel right? Or that it looked a little off? This could be due to the symmetry of the room. If there is odd window configuration, one additional wall on one side that is not mirrored on the other, or irregular geometric shapes can all pour into a pot that doesn’t mix well. This is to say that this isn’t always true and that some rooms can pull off the lack of symmetry. This is just a reminder that room symmetry can affect the success or sub-par result of adding in an accent wall and the decision should be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Utilize the Fifth Wall

You may be asking, what in the world is the “fifth wall?” The fifth wall is usually known as the ceiling! If you don’t think that there is enough room to put an accent wall on, try the ceiling. If there is no clear or dominant focal point, the ceiling is a great place to infuse color in a difficult living space.  

The Color Theory 

There are two traditional takes when it comes to the coloration of accent walls. Take a monochromatic route with your accent wall to really amplify the subtlety of the wall. We usually see larger, public areas are a neutral color. In order to complement this neutral color, most will turn to a deeper or lighter shade of the main color since the mix will look good. The other popular option is to create a contrasting accent wall, giving a pop of color so to speak. Those pop colors are usually turquoise, navy blue, and black in rooms with white or off-white base color. If you are wanting to be a little different, you could have a geometric design on a plain wall to break up the same tone. 
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