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.


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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