The Do’s and Don’ts of Adding an Accent Wall

It seems like every year we get more creative on ways to brighten our homes when the dark and dreary winter months are upon us. We can add new lighting features, purchase new art and change the pillow covers on the sofa to help liven up our spaces, but one of the newly trending ways to give our home a little spruce is by adding accent walls! Accent walls are a great way to add color and personality to otherwise dark and unnoticeable corners around the house. With so many different options and techniques, here are some helpful tips and tricks in starting the process of adding accent walls!

The Do’s

Do be strategic about choosing your wall. The best way to get the most out of adding an accent wall to a room is by choosing a wall that is already a focal point of the room. For example, in a bedroom, the best wall to choose would be the one that the headboard is on. In a living room, the wall that has a mantleplace or the television on it is a great one to add some design to.

Do consider the existing colors in the room. Depending on your own design style, you may have a lot of (or very little) colors to consider before choosing a design for your accent wall. Things like furniture, artwork, rugs and even the other walls/ceiling colors all need to be taken into consideration when choosing any color or design you wish to add.

Do be bold. The purpose of an accent wall is to add creativity and character into a room, so don’t be afraid to let the creative juices flow! If you are working with a room that is mostly neutral colors, consider what could really make your accent wall pop! Whether it’s a bold solid color or even adding a pattern to the wall, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.

The Don’t’s

Don’t be afraid of texture. One of the greatest things about accent walls is that they can be whatever you want them to be. Not interested in painting it a solid color? Consider adding texture to the wall instead with stone, wood or tile!

Don’t forget to consider the lighting. Remember that lighting can be everything when it comes to making design decisions in your home. Consider what kind of natural light and home lighting you have in the room when deciding which wall to use as your focal point and what kind of colors you want to add. For example, choosing the wrong color or placement can create bright light effects or even make a room look smaller.

Don’t forget to consider wallpaper. When it comes to home design, wallpaper has made a comeback! Using a beautifully-patterned wallpaper for an accent wall is a great way to liven up your space. With the more modern “peel and stick” wallpaper, it has never been easier to add a beautiful design to your designated accent wall.

However you choose to design your space, a stunning accent wall is a great way to brighten up your space this winter and add a unique touch of you to your home!

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