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Living rooms are often the entertainment hubs of a home, where guests hang out and parties are thrown. So if you’re planning to repaint your home, we’re sure you’re thinking of ways to breathe new life and character into your living room. If you’re willing to think outside the box and not stick to the placidity and comfort of neutral colors, an accent wall is a great and timeless way to make your living room come alive with a pop of color and energy. Here are some tips on how to choose an accent wall in your living room.
Do you really need an accent wall?
Not every living room needs an accent wall. If you have vibrant art you want to display, a gallery wall is more of what you’d need. If you have ornate antique pieces of furniture or intricate architectural features infused into your design, those would be the cynosure of your living room. However, if you do not have any visually striking elements in your interior design plans, we’d suggest you get an accent wall.
Choosing an accent wall
An accent wall can’t be any random wall in your living room that you decide to paint with bold colors. You need to choose the right wall, especially in a room with an open floor plan. Here is what you need to look for.
Make sure the wall you choose is the most natural focal point in the room. It could be where you have your television, or may even be your fireplace. Some people choose the wall opposite the entrance to the room. Choose your wall based on the design of your room.
Another aspect to keep in mind is to try and ensure there is symmetry in the room design surrounding your accent wall. For example, if you have two windows of different sizes around the accent wall, or if you have an oddly angled room design, it may not complement the accent wall.
However, remember that your accent wall does not necessarily have to be one of the four walls in the room. It could even be your ceiling!
Painting an accent wall
Is there a rule book for painting an accent wall? Well, not really. Look at it as a combination of your personality, the room’s design, and the purpose you have in mind for it.
For example, a lot of living rooms often feature bleak and almost sterile color schemes, with white walls, or other neutral colors like off white and cream. Make a statement by choosing a bold color for your accent wall. For example, a bold red accent wall will make your living room look warm and inviting. A rich blue or deep green will also look great.
If your living room walls are already colorful, then choose a complementary paint color for the accent wall. For example, if the rest of your walls are a shade of green, like sage, then a deep wine red will complement it perfectly.
If you prefer a more subtle paint job, we’ve got you covered there as well. Choose a warm color for your walls, and then paint your accent wall either a darker or lighter shade of the same color. Your accent wall will stand out while still blending in seamlessly with the rest of the room.
Your accent wall doesn’t necessarily need to be monochrome either. You can add texture to it by using different painting techniques. Sponging is one the easiest techniques you can try by yourself. Apply a base coat of paint on the wall, and then use a damp sponge to add a colored glaze on top of it. Make sure you practice on a piece of wood before you try it on your wall, though.
Some colors like, gray, black, and teal work great on accent walls that have paintings or art displays on them.
Accent ceilings also look stunning in living rooms, especially when they have crown moldings between the walls and the ceiling. Subtle and vivid colors both make an impact on ceilings, especially when teamed up with the right kind of chandeliers and pendant lights.
Accent walls need not always be painted either. For example, if the focal point of your room is a fireplace, or if you’re looking at a rustic finish, a brick or stone wall will fit the need like a custom made glove.
Multi-textured wallpaper is another option you could choose if you don’t really want to paint the wall but still want to instill color in a room.
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You’ve now been introduced to the process of choosing an accent wall, and different options. Choose a color that works with your personality and the room itself. For example, black and dark teal are great to draw attention to artwork, while a bold blue complements indoor plants. Shades of pink make the room look lively while deep greens will give your living room a sophisticated, classic feel. Use stones and bricks for fireplaces and warmth, or choose zany wallpapers for a touch of the modern.