Have you ever walked into a room and just felt like there was something missing, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? The furniture is perfect, the décor is tasteful, the lighting is great and all aspects of the room come together nicely. But it’s still missing that “oomph” factor? Well, your room just might need an accent wall.
It’s not quite clear who first came up with this design idea but it has been around for several years and is in fact one of the more modern home décor trends.
So what exactly is an accent wall? Simply put, it’s a wall in your room that stands out from the others and draws attention. It is the focal point of the room and is the first thing you notice when you walk in. There is nothing wrong with having a room in one colour. A uniform look is still elegant and will never go out of style. However, for people who want to express their personalities a little more and are attracted to bold styles, an accent wall is the way to go.
An accent wall can be simple, just painted in a different colour than the rest of the room. It can be a solid colour that contrasts with the other walls (e.g. yellow vs red), or it can be a complimentary colour that is in the same family of the colour of your main walls, but much lighter or darker (e.g. light blue vs dark blue). Or it can be complex with patterns and designs that catch the eye (e.g. stripes, stars, floral patterns etc.) There is no limit to what you can do with an accent wall. But there are some guidelines you should keep in mind.
The biggest question when deciding to create an accent wall is which wall in the room you should choose. It is a widely held belief that the accent wall should be the wall directly opposite the entrance to the room. This technique ensures that the wall is the first thing you see when you enter, but it’s not necessary and not all rooms are the same. An accent wall should typically be a solid wall with no windows or doorways to interrupt the flow. If you have a fireplace or another focal point in the room, this should be the accent wall as it will make the fireplace stand out even more. If there are specific things you want to showcase, like a painting or even a potted plant, the accent wall can act as a background to frame your accent pieces.
In a living room, consider the placement of your furniture when choosing which wall to make your accent wall. Having it behind your furniture can create a cosy background. The wall facing your furniture can also be a great choice, and can frame your television or entertainment system.
In the bedroom, the accent wall is best situated behind the headboard of your bed. This is because your bed is the focal point of the room and you want your accent wall to literally accentuate it. You can go a little crazy in your living room and other spaces but be sure to choose a soothing colour or pattern for your bedroom. You don’t want anything too bright or distracting that has the potential to affect your sleep.
After you’ve decided which wall in the room is going to be your accent wall, you will be faced with choosing a colour or pattern. As mentioned earlier, the simplest thing to do is paint the wall a different colour than the rest. Choose a colour that not only works well with the colour of your other walls, but that also works well with your room décor. Or if you choose a bold colour like orange, you can bring the room together with a few matching pieces. Some orange throw pillows on your couch, orange curtains or even an orange tablecloth will help to create a smooth, overall effect.
One thing that you should avoid doing is to create an accent wall that is just a few shades different than the colour of your main walls. You will hardly notice the difference and that defeats the purpose of having an accent wall.
Remember that paint is not your only option. An accent wall can be wallpapered or covered in textured fabric. These are easily removed if you decide you don’t want it long term and they are inexpensive options.
If you don’t want to commit to a completely different colour, you can even use a patterned wall stencil to add a design to your wall. While it will be in the same colour as your other walls, the pattern will be a subtle contrast that will not overwhelm your room.
Other options include wood planks, tile and brick. These are more difficult and time consuming to install and also more costly. But you can be sure that the effect will be unique. And TriniHelper’s professional installers can ensure that the job is done at the best standards.
Don’t forget about that extra “wall” in your room, too. Your ceiling can also function as an accent wall. Painted or designed in a different colour or pattern, you ceiling can provide that “oomph” that extends over your entire room.
Remember that an accent wall isn’t just a wall on its own but compliments a room. So be sure to always think about the space as a whole and not just the wall. You want your accent wall to look and feel like thought and planning went into it and not as though you ran out of paint to paint the entire room.
The best way to think about it is as though you’re trying new outfits. You want to make sure your top goes well with your pants or skirt. In the same way, your accent wall should go well with the rest of your room.
Accent walls can indeed be a bit tricky to figure out. But if done correctly, it will provide the missing factor in your room and create an eye-catching visual effect. If you would like to create an accent wall in your home, but you aren’t sure where to start, don’t hesitate to give us a call at TriniHelper. We are ready and willing to guide you in the right direction.