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All About Accent Walls - Interior Painting Tips

Accent walls have been around long enough in interior painting that most homeowners have heard of the idea. They know that accent walls can add color and individuality to a room that suffers from blandness, and that the concept is quite popular. However, they might still have questions about what colors to choose, or what walls to use for their accents. If that describes you, you've come to the right place!

Which Wall Should I Use as an Accent Wall?

There are two main factors to consider when choosing which wall to use as an accent wall. One of those factors is balance. Because the accent wall is so prone to drawing the eye, it becomes a focal point in the room. If the focal point is in the wrong place, the room can feel off-balance or unsettling.

When you are in the room, first ask yourself if there is any sense of front and back in the room. This might be determined by the way the furniture is oriented, or the layout of doors and windows. You are fine making the front or back wall into an accent wall, but a side wall is likely to feel "off."

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The second factor to keep in mind is that the accent wall must have a clear, logical border. The ideal would be a wall that forms a basic square or rectangle, and doesn't have lots of doors or windows in it. If a wall is broken up by many architectural details, or if it extends from one room into another space, you probably don't want to use it for an accent.

Do Accent Walls Make the Room Look Smaller?

Painting an accent wall can have a similar effect to painting the ceiling; it can make the room feel bigger or smaller, depending on the colors you choose. If the accent wall is a lighter color than the other walls, it will feel farther away, and the room will feel bigger. If you make your accent wall a darker color than the surrounding walls, the effect will be the opposite.

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What Accent Colors Go with Gray or Tan?

Since most of our interior walls these days are neutral colors such as grey, beige, tan, or white, there are lots of options for accent wall colors. In fact, rather than thinking about whether your accent will match the other walls or not, look at the other colors in your room, such as furniture, artwork, curtains, or rugs. Is there a color detail somewhere you would like to play off of?

The most common color choices for accents are deep reds or blues, which go well with most neutral options. However, oranges, purples, greens, and yellows can all be attractive accents.

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Maybe the best way to choose an accent color for your room is to look at pictures online. Browse sites like Pinterest, Houzz, or Google Images, and see what catches your attention! Just pay attention to the other features of the rooms you browse, and make sure they share a similar style to your room.

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Painting Services for Connecticut

If you are considering painting an accent wall in one of your rooms, Southington Painting is a great choice for a professional painting company. We can help you with your color selections if you would like advice, and we can have your accent wall looking fantastic in the blink of an eye!

Serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, Southington Painting is your best choice for house painting services in New England.

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