Why Are Accent Walls Important?
First, the most important thing to understand about accent walls is that they provide contrast. This is their main design contribution.
With that said, accent walls can have many functions that can make them a fantastic design feature in your home or space. Accent walls can:
- Highlight an architectural feature, such as fireplaces, sloped walls, and floor-to-ceiling cabinets or shelves.
- Bring interest to a transition space, such as a hallway, door, or ceiling.
- Designate a space for a purpose such as a bar or breakfast nook.
- Add dimension to a room. If your style is more simplistic, an accent wall can add depth and excitement to a room.
Accent Walls Do’s and Don’ts
You can do more than just paint your accent wall. You can utilize wallpaper, stencils, paneling, etc. to create your accent wall.
Use the accent wall as a continuation of your decor’s color scheme, or use this project as a time to reinvent a space. While considering which wall to use, the classic example is a wall that is a largely uninterrupted rectangle. Meaning a wall where there is minimal interference from doors or windows. Like a “headboard wall” in a bedroom or the TV wall in your living room.
Find a color that fits your personality and that you will be happy in the long run. Remember to also consider the wall’s texture, architectural features, and light exposure. You want to choose an accent wall design that will complement the physical attributions of space.
4 Types of Accent Walls
A Traditional Solid Color Accent Wall
By painting an accent wall, you can create a sense of architecture and shape in a boxy room, direct the eye strategically to where you want it to go or emphasize an existing focal point.
Accents walls look most organic when they are darker than the other walls in the room – it’s a classic look. The color of the accent wall should harmonize with the adjacent wall color. When in doubt, paint your statement wall the same color but 2 shades darker than the rest – it’s always a foolproof look.
Wallpaper Accent Wall
Whether you choose a wallpaper with a strong pattern, bold color, or realistic texture, all will make a statement in your space. Wallpaper is the perfect way to add your personality to your space.
Textured Accent Wall
The popularity of textured walls has grown as a way to bring depth, drama, and intensity to a room. Create dimension in your home by mixing multiple types of texture. Wall texture applications are more permanent and difficult to remove than a painted accent wall. In our designs, we aim for a timeless approach to ensure the home can age gracefully with your family. Often this means utilizing neutrals and materials that can be found in homes through the ages.
3D Accent Wall
3D accent walls are a creative way to amplify your accent walls and add eye-catching depth to any space. 3D accent walls are the perfect solution for adding dimension to your accent walls and enriching spaces with a fresh, modern, and amplified aesthetic.
Hiring a Professional for the Best Accent Wall
When it comes to working textures, hanging wallpaper, or painting a design on your unique accent wall, you can count on Conrad’s Painting for high-quality work. Our painting crew prepares the walls for interior painting by filling any holes or cracks in ceilings and walls, sealing any stains, and scuff sanding any uneven surfaces, including loose or old paint. This creates the smooth, clean canvas necessary for a perfect finish. And will protect your floors with drop cloths, taking care to secure every inch of the room from start to finish.
Our wallcovering installers are dedicated to superior craftsmanship in the hanging of every type of wallcovering. With experience installing wallcovering in healthcare facilities, restaurants, schools, offices, and apartment buildings, you can count on us to get the job done on time.
There are 6 different types of paint finishes. Follow this paint sheen guide to choose the right paint finish for your home improvement project.