Accent walls are great techniques to use in order to achieve either a drastic and contrasting look or a subtle difference between two walls. They are often used on the main wall of a room which can be the first wall near the entrance of the room or on interesting structural walls such as chimney breasts or alcoves. They are of course not exclusively for these particular places, as they can be used on any wall to help brighten, darker or accent the rooms main colour or pattern scheme.
You can apply an accent wall to any room in the house including living rooms and kitchens, but they make the biggest impact in larger rooms of the house such as the dining room or bedroom. The reason for this is that some accent walls can make a smaller room, such as a bathroom, look tight and crowded if not correctly implemented. It is for this reason that is always best to evaluate your space in order to find which colours and patterns will fit your particular room the best, and which styles are likely to enhance the overall look and feel of your room.Read more
If you choose to apply an accent wall to a small room, try using a combination of bright and light colours mixed with some small print patterning to give the room depth and dynamism. You can even be bold and use a slightly darker colour or deeply patterned wallpaper against white surrounding walls to create the perfect balance. If you choose to apply an accent wall to a larger room, you can afford to be slightly more extravagant with your choices. You can choose a darker colour for the surrounding walls and a large print patterned, rich-coloured wallpaper for your accent wall without worrying about the room feeling enclosed and claustrophobic. If you want the large space to seem even bigger, use neutral colours and a earthy toned wallpaper or paint for the accent wall.
There are so many ways to create an accent wall, with the most popular being wallpaper and different coloured paint. If you are looking for a more interesting and creative way to create an accent wall, you could try different techniques such as stippling, tiling or stencil work to create an unusual effect. There are also various different types of paint available such as chalkboard paint, thermal paint that changes colour depending on the heat of the room and suede effect paint which adds a slightly velvety look to the walls.
The possibilities are endless with this wonderful and very fashionable technique. With so many ways to spruce up your room, you are sure to find a style and colour to suit your needs. Have a browse through our selection of images, and envelop yourself in creativity and imagination! If there is something you like, why not share it to your Facebook or Twitter profile, so you can find the things you love easier and faster!