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How to Choose an Accent Wall

Accent walls reinforce the natural focus points of interior architecture

Are you ready to add some color to your home? Painting an accent wall is one way to add a bold color on a wall without committing to repainting the entire room.

Choosing the accent wall colors is one part of the process, but choosing which wall should be the accent wall is just as important.

Here are some accent wall ideas to get you started:

  • An accent wall focuses your attention on an area of architecture in the room. Choose a wall that deserves the attention such as:
    • Reading nook wall or TV wall.
    • Short wall at the end of a long room or hall.
    • Wall that frames a dominant window or door (a beautiful door, such as French doors opening into a garden or deck
    • Focal wall behind a dining table.
    • Fireplace wall

Choosing the right accent wall colors can be fun. Accent wall paint is a small investment in a big pop of style and color, so be bold with your choice. Here are some color choosing tips for accent wall paint:

  • I love experimenting with bold paint colors. The accent structure is my fireplace and wall. The accent wall color combination of blue and purple cross-pollinates the similar colors from the kitchen and dining area. This is an effective color decorating technique to use in a great room.

    Select a paint color that is at least 2 or 3 shades darker or lighter than the surrounding room wall colors.

    • An accent wall color can cross-pollinate the other colors in a room or a visible element from a nearby room. Ex: Green dining room accent wall is repeat of the awesome green cooktop range in the adjoining kitchen.
    • Choose an accent wall paint color that continues the room color theme – such as a dark chocolate brown accent wall in a taupe colored room, OR….
    • Choose an accent wall color that contrasts with the surrounding room color theme – such as a tangerine orange wall in a white room.


  1. wall paint says:

    Wall paints indeed color our homes as well color our imagination. Even though it may seem a small choice to make but choosing the right color for a particular room is also very essential.

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