How to Create a Great Accent Wall

Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of brighter, bolder hues. Whether you'd like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or an architectural feature, the right accent wall colors can help you create a striking, unique design element.

Accent walls can also help you create color continuity throughout your home. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Make a Bold Statement

Bold, colorful shades are good accent wall colors because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. For example, perhaps you're using bright colors in your decorative accessories throughout your space, but they seem far too bold for entire walls. Why not choose one of those colors to create an accent wall for a lively splash of vibrancy?

(Tip: Accent walls can also take away the stress of decorating a kid's room. Let your child choose a color for one wall and then choose a neutral color that you can live with for the other walls. Use decorative accessories and bedding to pick up the accent color to tie the look together.)

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try painting an accent wall in a deeper version of your existing wall color. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.

Choosing the Right Paint Color

To help you choose the best accent wall color for your space, use a hue from a pillow or your favorite artwork as your inspiration. What is the most appealing color to you in that piece? Does it work with the main wall color? Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same color? Whatever shade you choose, accent walls allow you to express your own unique, confident design style. So grab a paint brush and let your imagination go!

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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