The Perfect Accent Wall

Accent walls are typically thought of as a way to use a bold or daring color, patterns or wallpaper, that would be overwhelming if used on all four surfaces. However, they can also create a subtle contrast, used to deepen the effect of your interior color scheme. Regardless of which way you go, there are a few common questions we hear over and over again from clients who are thinking about adding accent walls to their living space.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Accent Walls

Here’s the tricky part, there really are no rules, so while we can provide you with some tips and advice, your home has its own personality and it might be that the best accent wall for you bunks all the traditions!

How do I know which wall to select as my accent wall?

There are a few “tricks of the trade” that we use when selecting which wall would make the best accent wall:

Warm colors. Warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows) draw the eye, which make the wall seem closer than it really is. You want to choose a wall that can handle this. If you choose a longer side wall, be aware that the room may appear narrower than it is. If you choose an end wall, make sure the room is large enough, or that you don’t mind the “cozier” effect created when that wall appears closer and shortens the room.

Cool Colors. If you’re using a cool color (blues, greens, purples) then it will have the opposite effect. These can be a great way to help a room feel larger, wider, or longer than it really is.

Visual Temperature. Similarly, the way sunlight infuses the room will make a difference. This is often called “visual temperature”. Rooms with south or western exposure are considered “warmer” rooms, and can benefit from a cool accent wall, while those with northern or eastern exposure may do better with a warm accent color.

Exposure. There is no point in using an accent wall if you are going to cover the bulk of it with a huge entertainment center and stunning wall hangings. Conversely, accents walls can be too dramatic if they are left bare. You may intentionally select a wall to feature a unique architectural highlight or a spectacular piece of furniture, but make sure there is a balance between the furniture and furnishings and the wall color.

What Color Should I Paint My Accent Wall?

You can use the information above to help you out with this. If you have always wanted to use a certain color, go for it and then change or upgrade your furnishings to match. No need to buy everything new, reupholstering and changing your pillow shams may suffice. Also, look at the accent colors used in your existing art or textiles. Is there a color you like the most? This might be a great one to use on the accent wall.

Do You Have Any Unique Ideas for accent walls?

Paint isn’t the only options for accent walls. Consider using the following:

  • Stenciling
  • Beadboard
  • Wainscoting
  • Wallpaper
  • Stripes
  • Polka Dots

Need more ideas? Contact Kristina Wolf Design, Inc. to design accent walls that will add pizzazz to your interior design.

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10 Ways to Create More Space and Style in Your Laundry Room

There are three rooms in the home in which efficiency is a must: kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Not only are they where the majority of your more utilitarian activities take place, they’re also the rooms that house the most stuff.10-ways-to-create-more-space-and-style-in-your-laundry-room

If you’re tired of a laundry room that is cluttered, overflowing, or lacking storage space and style, these 10 tips can give you a hand.

  1. De-clutter and Cleanse. The first step is to de-clutter and cleanse. If you have the room and the time, we recommend taking everything out – including your washer and dryer. Give it a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, and get rid of any junk, half-filled goopy bottles of detergent, etc.
  2. Paint it a bright color. There’s no reason your laundry room can’t becheerful, light, and bright. This may even inspire you to keep it organized once you’ve spent some time de-cluttering and sprucing it up. Plus, it could be years before you have your washer and dryer out of there again so take advantage of the full laundry room access and throw a new coat or two of paint on it.
  3. Upgrade the surfaces. Is it time for new flooring, countertops or wall protection? Use laminate or tile flooring to protect the floors from water damage. Consider using tile work on the walls around your sink and washer/dryer. Add a shelf or countertop if you don’t have them already top optimize your work space.
  4. Add countertop space. If you are making a switch from top-loading to front-loading machines, use this to your advantage. That extra room above is a perfect spot to add a countertop for sorting and folding. You’ll still have room for cabinets.
  5. Consider open shelving. If space is at a premium, install open shelving made from materials that are easy to wipe down and won’t be damaged by detergents and house cleaners.
  6. Use recessed niches. Between each of those wall studs is plenty of space for recessed niches that can be used for storage. This is another way to add storage to a small space without using cabinets or shelves that protrude into the space.
  7. Add a space to hang your clothes. If you have the room, make sure to implement at least a small space where you can hang your shirts, blouses, dress slacks, dresses, etc. This will keep them from getting wrinkled when you take them out of the dryer, provides a space for hang-drying when necessary, and gives you a holding-spot until you have time to put clothes away.
  8. Run cabinets to the ceiling. If you install cabinets, make them as functional as possible. Run them all the way up to the ceiling so you can take advantage of upper-cabinet space for holiday decorations, rarely-used serving platters and other incidentals you don’t need to access on a regular basis.
  9. Save some room for hampers. If you can, leave some under-cabinet or beside-the-cabinet space for laundry hampers. Ideally, you want to have a few so they can be moved in and out to trade with room hampers, or to keep your laundry separated from the get-go.
  10. Add a mudroom section. If your laundry room has access from the outside, or is used as an entryway by kids and family, create a space for everyone to deposit their things. If you have a large space, this can be part of your re-design. However, even small spaces can incorporate hooks and cubbies to keep things organized.

Laundry is a much more enjoyable chore when you have a stylish and organized space to do it in.