Accent Walls that Create POP, Not Headaches
Deciding to make an accent wall in your home is a delicate thing – you want a nice pop of color but don’t want it pop so much that it makes the room stand out like a sore thumb. It’s good to have a sense of continuity throughout the home while still having fun. If you’re looking into creating an accent wall, keep these ideas in mind:
Pick the Right Room
When designing an accent wall, it’s best to choose a room that you want accentuated or to add the illusion of more space. A smaller room, such as a bathroom may not be the best candidate for an accent wall as the typical layout and size could make it feel even smaller. However, a bedroom or dining area would benefit from having the accent wall as a focal point.
Try to go with the wall that faces the entrance to the room. That way, guests will see it right away and be drawn to the accentuating decor. It’s also good to go with a wall that has architectural details, such as a fireplace.
Be Smart with Colors
While bold colors on an accent wall are great, it’s still easy to overpower the room. If your home is mostly white or light grey, it could be overwhelming to have a neon pink accent wall. To avoid making your space too busy, professionals recommend following the 60/30/10 rule. This is 60% of your room containing a neutral backdrop, 30% being a secondary color such as an accent wall or draperies, and 10% being reserved for decorative accessories such as art.
Take it to the Next Level
Consider adding a design to your accent wall to take it up a notch. Anyone can use a pop of color, but textures and patterns bring extra attention to the room without the need for more decor. A geometric paint pattern or wallpaper are fun things to try that will brighten up your space.
Textures are a fun way to add accents as well. Strips of reclaimed wood will give the room a new feel without exploring heavy colors. Stone and tile are great options as well to keep the room neutral but noticeable.
These are just a few ways you can incorporate an accent wall into any room in your home. Think about the best colors and spaces, then get to work!