Painting an Accent Wall

The Village at Sally Creek

Accent walls can be a powerful design choice in your home. But some are timid to take that step, to move out of their comfort zone and paint one wall a colour that really pops. Whether it’s a deep colour or eye-catching wallpaper, your accent wall makes a bold statement, especially when surrounded by neutral walls and ceiling. It creates an anchor for furniture and becomes a focal point for the room. 

Choosing the Right Wall
Bottom line – make sure you choose the right  wall to accent. Decide on the wall that anchors the room or offers something interesting to look at. Start by taking a look around the room. Is there a place your eyes are naturally drawn to when you walk in?  That’s the wall you want to accentuate. recommends you choose a wall that has some architectural charm to it, like one with a fireplace, built-in bookshelf or a large window.  

Cardinal Point Basement

By adding a vibrant colour to each side of the fireplace the whole wall became the focal point.

Choosing the Right Colour
The next step is choosing the colour. Bold, colourful shades make for a good accent choice because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. Pick a coordinating colour that fits the room’s overall theme or choose a colour out of your fabric. Using a vibrant colour on an accent wall is bold, but if you want a more dramatic effect go for a dark colours like navy, charcoal or even black. Look to the other colours featured in your room, picking up a similar colour from an accent piece or artwork can help tie the room together.

Sally Creek Townhome

The navy makes a bold statement and creates a dramatic effect.

Choosing the Paint
After scouring through countless paint chips and ideas, you’ve finally chosen your accent colour. Just as important is the type of paint to use. Avoid semi-gloss or satin finishes on a darker wall, the darkness of the paint may how every bump and cast a sheen that detracts from the overall look. Flat paint is a good choice for hiding imperfections and is easiest to touch up. If you’re looking for something more “wipe-able” choose an eggshell finish. 

A dark accent wall gives your room a modern edge as seen in the 2nd bedroom at our Courts of Canterbury model home.

An accent wall is a simple, stylish way to add colour to a room, but it doesn’t have to be paint. Inject some personality into your room by wallpapering instead. Here are some tips for using wallpaper as an accent wall. There are so many possibilities. Find wallpaper with detailed or lively patterns, floral artwork or geometric shapes can have an amazing effect. 

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