Accent walls can really help you capture the essence of your own personality without resorting to a complete redecoration. They also serve to identify particular spaces and provide a balancing color to neutral rooms.

An accent wall can be just one color, it can be many colors (but not that many), or it can be a pattern. You can also think about adding accent ceilings (which are becoming popular), but we’ll talk about that on another article.

Here are some tips to get started on accent walls.

The wall on the right is a good example of a double-colored and geometric accent wall

Always try to make a statement

What we mean by this is that you should always try to choose bold colors, because you’re trying to add accent to your space. What is an accent? Something that stands out, something that is appealing, etcetera.

That is what you need. Let’s imagine a completely white living room: you have some wooden furniture, but everything is mostly white. The upholsteries are also white, and you think it looks good, but it doesn’t really reflect what you want to convey as a person.

Lots of websites allow you to see how a particular color would look on your walls, try some shades and see how you feel with them.

Also check out our previous article on color psychology for the home. If you’re not comfortable with shifting your pristine color layout to add some accents, you can also think about adding shelving, décor, or certain patterns, like we said.

Geometrical patterns have been in vogue for quite some time now, check that out as well.

Create a space within a space

Space-ception, we call it. The idea is for the accent wall to point something out, like a furniture arrangement for casual conversation, the space where your coffee table, chairs, and sofas live.

You can also have your entire kitchen, for example, serve as an accent space, allowing you to keep your neutral base on the rest of your home.

You can do this by adding darker shades to cabinetry and even lighting. There’s only one rule you have to follow: make it stand out. If it looks too much like the rest of your space, you’re not really accentuating.

Other choices beside painting an entire wall for accent include setting up temporary wallpapers, which are still very stylish and recommended.

It you do this right the accent space can become the most flexible tool you have for doing affordable redecoration.

Lighting is also very important: accent walls that are near big windows can become too bright and overwhelming to look at, so you should choose mild tones that complement both the furniture and the surrounding décor.

Artificial lighting doesn’t really have an impact on accent spaces, but if you’re planning to add some more lighting to your accent space, then you have to consider how both elements will work together in the same regard.

Last but not least, furniture

The hardest part of interior design, for many casual decorators, might be combining the furniture choices with the color scheme of the walls, ceiling, and flooring.

Painting a wall is much easier than buying new furniture, so one should precede the other as a general rule. If you have lots of furniture without a discernible color palette or style, build your color palette up from that.

After you identify the colors on your furniture, making the choice for color accent walls should be easier.

For more information of that you should also read up on our other articles regarding furniture trends, interior design trends, and furniture arrangement tips. The more you know, the more beautiful and intimate your space will be.