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Accent Walls 101

Want to add a little pizzazz to a room? One method is to paint one wall a bolder color than the rest. An accent wall is an easy update that promises to deliver the big impact you want. However, it’s not quite as simple as painting any old color on a wall chosen at random. Avoid the most common accent wall mistakes by following the tips in this guide.

Decide Which Wall to Paint

Look around the room and decide if one wall is an obvious focal point compared to the others. The focal point is where your eye is drawn to first when you enter a space. If you have a fireplace, this is probably the focal point, so you should paint the wall it sits on. In bedrooms, the bed itself is the focal point, so it’s ideal to paint the wall behind the headboard.

If your room has no obvious focal points, consider painting the narrowest wall located furthest from the door. Painting a long wall in a skinny room might not create the effect you’re going for. Still struggling? Narrow down your accent wall options even more by choosing one with no windows or doors.

Pick an Inspiration Piece to Help You Choose a Color

What’s your favorite feature in the room? Maybe it’s the shag rug, the lampshades or the beautifully patterned bedspread. Select a color from this inspiration piece to ensure you pick a hue that matches the décor and also makes you happy.

Just keep two things as in mind as you choose a color based on your inspiration piece:

First, remember to go bold, but not too bold. If you want to match the royal blue in your throw pillows, consider choosing a similar color a few shades lighter. You can always go darker in the future if you think the color you chose is too bland after all.

Second, choose a color that complements the room, but isn’t too matchy-matchy. For instance, don’t make the accent wall blue if that’s the color of your sofa. If you have a painting with lots of green in it, don’t paint the accent wall green. To create a balanced look, try picking a complementary color from your inspiration piece.

Paint with Precision

Select high-quality Benjamin Moore paint to ensure a beautiful look that lasts. Use painter’s tape to create crisp lines around the accent wall, and cover the floor with a drop cloth to protect against paint splatters. Use a roller for most of the job, along with a small brush for details around corners and trim. Plan to apply two coats of paint. Remember, budget-grade paint often requires three coats or more, so you save time and effort by selecting better-quality paint up front.

For more pro painting tips, please visit the Paint Centers website. Then, stop by our Flint or Grand Blanc, Michigan store to purchase Benjamin Moore paint in the perfect color for your accent wall.