Accent Walls: Using Color to Add Drama

Accent Walls: Using Color to Add Drama

Accent walls transform spaces. House painters use color to add drama, depth, and interest in rooms. The question is how to make colors work so that the result will be what you were expecting all along!

So, let’s talk about accent walls. Let us also talk about ways to use colors to achieve what you had in mind from the start. Let’s dive into colors together.

Let’s start with the obvious question: What is an accent wall?

Accent Walls: Using Color to Add Drama

Accent walls are walls painted or decorated in a different manner from the rest of the walls in a room to stand out. Although painting an interior wall is the easiest and most cost-effective way to create an accent wall, there are other ways to achieve that too. Wallpaper installation, for example. Installing wall paneling or wainscoting will be another example. Today, there are many wall decorations that can be used to create accent walls.

The whole idea is to transform one wall in order to transform a room’s design. Painting colors – or other design techniques – are used to accentuate a wall’s style for a specific purpose.

What’s the purpose of creating an accent wall?

Accent Walls: Using Color to Add Drama

Overall, the purpose of focusing on one’s wall design is to draw attention. To create a focal point in the room. To make this specific wall stand out for a reason.

So, what would this reason be? Sometimes, things are straightforward. Interior designers and home painters create accent walls to add visual interest, excitement, and depth to the room. It’s a way to make a room vibrant and energetic.

As is often the case, using colors to create an accent wall is also an interior house painting trick to make a room seem larger. Although not all cases are the same, this is often accomplished with bright light colors. A long room that should look bigger could also use a darker shade.

Accent walls are also used to break the monotony of monochromatic color palettes in a room. With a lighter or darker shade of the room’s dominant color, harmony is achieved. The monochromatic color preference is not ruined but the room becomes more interesting.

A differently painted wall can also serve as the backdrop of unique furniture. It can also serve in open-plan spaces in which color draws visual lines between different activity spaces.

Choosing painting colors to create an accent wall

  •          Bold colors. A vibrant color, like red, green, black, or blue, will accentuate the wall’s design all on its own. Vibrant colors bring intensity and energy to the room. They make rooms exciting and add dimension.
  •          Contrasting colors. That’s not exactly the same as using bold painting colors. It depends on the dominant color in the room. Contrasting colors would be painting a wall black in an all-white room, just to give you a classic example. Since the accent wall’s color comes in contrast with the rest of the colors in the room, it highlights the space. It makes a bold statement.
  •          Mute colors. Those who want to make a statement without having an accent wall screaming about its presence would prefer a muted approach. That’s choosing shades close to the dominant color, either darker or lighter. This way, the accent wall stands out without overwhelming the space. The eye sees the different wall and feels that the slighting lighter or darker color belongs there. In this case, the accent wall naturally blends in while making a subtle statement.
Which one of the room’s walls to highlight
Accent Walls: Using Color to Add Drama

Choose a wall that you want to highlight. The wall around the fireplace, for example. Or, a wall that should be the backdrop for antique furniture. Sometimes, people prefer to make an accent wall the first wall the eye sees when walking into a room. Of course, if your purpose is to make the room look bigger, you should paint the further back short wall along with the ceiling a darker shade than the dominant color. Paint the far-out short wall and the two long walls a darker shade if you want to stretch the room vertically. If you have no such purpose and just want an accent wall to highlight the space, don’t forget that you can also paint the ceiling a color contrasting the dominant hues.

Even lighter colors will add some drama to the room, let alone dark hues. That’s because accent walls add drama by definition.