Accent Wall Dos and Don’ts

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The accent wall is getting back to town. It’s a sign for you to makeover and give a bit of attitude to your room with this trend, or maybe save it as the next idea for your decor. It’s quite easy and stylish, though. Just change a side or two of your walls into a different color, shade, pattern, design, or material from the other walls around it. Now, these are some quick dos and don’ts for your accent wall.


Do: Think beyond solid colors

Think outside of the box when you are considering your new accent wall. Never limit your choice to only simple wall paint. Think about other ways to use paint color. Your accent wall may be perfect for stripes or for a specialty paint finish. For example, metallics are powerful style statements for an accent wall.


Don’t: Forget about different ways to accent

As we mentioned, there are tons of different ways to accent. Don’t forget about them! You can do a striped wall, a wall full of shelving, or a wall of stone to play off the fireplace. Don’t forget to play with the placement of the accent wall as well. A great accent wall may be the smallest wall in the room; it may actually be the ceiling, or it may not even be a painted wall.


Do: Get the proper attention

In general, the right wall to accent is usually the first one that you see when you enter a room. You and your guests will always have it in view. Placing your accent wall on the wall you face regularly is a great idea. You’ll utilize the natural line of sight of the room, which will enhance the focal nature of the feature wall.


Don’t: Avoiding textures

There is more to accent walls than just paint.  Extensive shelving can also work as an accent wall in a room that lacks an architectural feature and storage. Your accent wall can also include a gallery of photos or artwork or even a fabric-draped wall. The secret to accent walls is that they are the most flexible decorating secret weapon you can have. Maybe it’s a chalk wall or a tiled, metallic, or stone wall. When you think outside the typical realm, you may just hit the mark on the perfect design.


Do: Accent up with the neutral

You should still consider an accent wall even if you’re keeping your room neutral. Accent walls can work just as well in a neutral color, as a bright one. The initial idea of an accent wall conjures up visions of bright red or blue, but in a neutral color scheme, a dark brown wall is just as dramatic.


Don’t: Say no to Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a gorgeous choice for accent walls. The latest temporary wallpapers can give you a designer look without a long-term commitment. Just make sure to pick the right pattern for your space. Especially for renters, temporary wallpaper is a clever way to personalize your home.


Do: Dare to go bold

Many people don’t choose accent walls because they’re worried about choosing the color. You can always go for a darker neutral but think about going full throttle toward a bold color for the wall. Bold colors may not work in every space, but your kitchen or bedroom may really benefit from a pop of color. As long as you have the right decorative accents around the room to coordinate with the bolder choice, you can choose whatever color brings you joy. This could be a sign for you to try deep gray or bright red for the first try.


Don’t: Pick the overwhelmed room

Consider existing furnishings. If a potential accent wall is already mainly hidden by other furnishings like art, floor lamps, tall furniture, or window treatments, painting it wouldn’t add anything to the room. You want to choose a fairly open wall.


Do: Choose the right wall

Be purposeful when picking your accent wall. Rooms without an architectural feature can benefit from an accent wall, especially one with texture. Walls that don’t have interruptions such as doors, windows, or built-ins, are great contenders for an accent color.  Common examples of these are the walls behind sofas and beds. A wall of windows can also be your accent wall, but be mindful that a dark accent color surrounding windows can create a bright light effect and overwhelm the room.


Don’t: Think of only paints

When choosing and creating your accent wall, remember that you should consider more than just paint for the wall. Think about the pictures, artwork, and decor you may want to add to the wall and area in front of it. You can also try drawings like murals as your accent.

Bonus: Few quick steps to start

Overall, these are the step-by-step of doing your accent wall:

Find the best wall

Firstly, you have to think of the room that could use it the most. Maybe a room that that has an undertone and needs to be brightened up a bit, or a room that looks dull. Then, decide which wall will become the accent. The best way to pick this is the wall that first grabs your attention upon walking in. Another factor to keep in mind is if it’ll be obstructed by a TV, dresser, etc.

Figure out the design

If you’re planning on an entire makeover, it’ll take some more thinking as you’ll want the furniture to blend in with the accent wall. But if you’re matching the wall to the current furniture, it’ll be a lot easier as you just choose what you think looks best.

Choose your color – or shade, pattern, etc

Typically its best to follow the 60-30-10 rule which states that 60% of the room should be the dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color. So when choosing a color you’ll want something that’s different from the 60% and 30% colors to make it pop. Before committing to color, it’s best to grab a few samples to see what it will look like. This will prevent wasted time and money.

Ready, set, paint!

The final step is bringing everything to life. Before actually applying the paint be sure everything is safe from any spills. It’s also important to tape off any edges that rent supposed to be painted. Always keep in mind that the paint will look a little different once it’s done drying. So don’t judge the color too early. That’s why you should consider a try-out as you do your samples (see the previous step)


So, it should be simple and easy, yet fun and cool to give an accent to your wall. Like, you don’t need to really change the overall colors or designs of your walls. Just choose a spot or two, accent them up, and voila! You can do it to your room, living room, dining room, kitchen – you name it! Plus, turns out you can also do the accent not only to your wall, huh? Imagine getting an accent ceiling instead. Anyway, now give it a try! Accent up your vibes 😀



For more references on wall accent, you can read them here:

Accent walls rules + step by step

5 dos and don’ts of accent walls

Essential accent wall tips

7 tips to choose your accent walls


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