If you’re updating the look of your home’s interior, and you want to add flavor to a room with an accent wall, then you’re facing a few decisions. You may find yourself asking: What color would look best as an accent in this room? Which wall would work best as an accent? And should I even have an accent wall at all?

Your options may seem overwhelming. But don’t fret, painting your home’s interior is an opportunity to get creative. And if you follow a few of our pointers, you’re sure to settle on the right paint scheme and accent walls to suit your space. Here’s our advice on how to choose your home’s accent walls.

Should You Accent?

Before we dive in, let’s just dip our toes in the water and ask the question: Should you accent a wall in your room at all? While accents look great in all sorts of rooms — from your hallway to the master bedroom — sometimes they just don’t gel well with the rest of the home. That may prove true with larger rooms, where an accent wall would only make the space feel even larger or overwhelming. Save your accent walls for smaller spaces that would benefit from a creative addition. Take note that accent walls often seem to expand the size of a room, and they can be an useful tool to guide someone’s eye towards something (like a painting), and away from something else (like a big, empty wall). If you’re considering an accent wall that really doesn’t accomplish any of these goals, then it may be unnecessary or even detrimental to the overall look of your space. On the other hand, accents are more often tasteful and exciting, when they make sense in a space.

Ask Yourself: What Am I Accenting?

Now that you know you should apply an accent color, you’ll have to ask yourself: What, exactly, am I accenting? There may be many answers to that one question. You may be accenting a wall that has an interesting shape — perhaps it captures the angles of the ceiling. Or, you may have an accent wall that frames a favorite painting — you’ve even chosen a paint color that heightens the unique colors of the painting itself. Maybe you’ve opted to accent a wall with navy blue in order to bring out the navy blue furniture that you’ve sprinkled throughout the space (including navy blue pillows, arm chairs, and lamp shades). If you’re just painting an accent wall without any intention, it may just seem out of place.

Think Small

While accent wall colors are often big, bold, striking hues, they are more successful when the wall itself is a smaller wall in the room. Remember, it is an accent after all. When picking the wall that you’d like to accent in a space, consider the smallest walls in the room first. From there, you may want to pick a wall that has some interesting features (perhaps it is broken up by the mantle and brickwork of your fireplace). Or you may choose a wall that works well as a backdrop for other features in your room (like that avocado green sectional sofa that everyone loves). Regardless of the intention of your accent wall, it will prove successful if you stick to a smaller wall, where the accent color will pop out, instead of overpowering the space.

Accent Walls Are Often Pushed Back

If you have a wall in a room that is recessed, or appears pushed back compared to other walls, then it may just be the ideal candidate for an accent. Recessed walls are often intriguing and eye-catching, and since they’re recessed, they’re often the smallest walls in a given room anyway (which is, as we just mentioned, a good trait for an accent wall). Consider the following examples: A kitchen with an accent wall below the cabinets and above the granite countertops; a living room with a recessed wall that opens up into a staircase; a bathroom with a recessed wall that features the vanity mirror. In these instances, the recessed walls naturally attract attention and intrigue, and they may further be highlighted with a creative accent.

Pick a Color and Try It

Have you settled on a wall that could favor an accent color? Well it’s time to select a color. Choosing an accent color can be intimidating on its own, but fortunately, you can always take home paint swatches and try small patches of paint to see what works best. Be sure to grab a dozen or so paint swatches if you’re looking for the perfect color for an accent wall, and don’t hesitate to pick out a few bolder hues that may seem to be too much at first — you may be surprised at what works in your space. Compare your paint swatches with other paint colors that you’re using for your walls. And compare your paint swatches with other features of the room, including the flooring, the molding, furniture throughout the room, the curtains on the windows, et cetera. Once you have the right color and the right wall, you’re ready to apply a coat of paint — we’d be happy to help!

Home Painting Starts Here

For an interior look that you’ll love, you can always count on the crew here at Horner. We proudly paint homes for our neighbors across the Front Range from our home here in Fort Collins — we provide service throughout Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Johnstown, Wellington, Severance, and Timnath. If you’re ready to kick off your project, or if you need advice about the paint colors and accent walls of your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.