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Should You Have an Accent /Color Wall- Painting Tips

Have you ever considered painting an accent color wall in your home? You’ve decided to paint a room in your home, but you want to do something a little more daring than painting them all the same color. An accent wall can be a great way to jazz up your home without spending a fortune. It can be the difference between boring and standout, and here are some painting tips so you do it right.

Should You Have an Accent /Color Wall- Painting TipsAn accent wall, or feature wall is a great way to create a cool sense of style and excitement in an otherwise staid or boring room. The problem is, if you do it wrong it just looks weird and confusing. Choosing the right wall is the key, and that isn’t always the first wall you see when you walk in the room. When choosing an accent wall for your home, look for a wall that is solid with no doors and windows. Sometimes there are exceptions, but generally that’s the guideline. Also, look for the natural focal point of the room. This is where the exceptions come in. Frame out French doors or a fireplace, for instance. Ask yourself “where do I want the eye to go first?”

Another thing to look for is architectural details. In a long room, choose the farthest, shortest wall. That will make the room appear closer. Accenting a long wall will only make the room look longer. Also, don’t over accentuate. If one wall has something focal, like a large painting or row of windows, don’t make the wall next to it the accent wall. It will confuse people.

Next, paint color. Usually an accent color is a much deeper color than the other walls. A good rule of thumb is 2 shades darker than the rest of the walls. Another way to accent is to choose a color from some of the décor in the room, such as a decorative piece. Say you have throw pillows in several colors, say blue, green and teal, with teal as the color that appears least. Choose teal as the accent color.

Then, paint the wall and watch the décor in your home pop!

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