Interior Painting: Accent Wall Tips

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Accent walls are in style! They are a great way to add a quick pop of color to your walls, create a focal point in the space, and can be used in virtually any room.

Of course, as with any other interior design advice, there are some do’s and don’ts, along with some general advice when adding an accent wall to your home. We’ve organized these tips to help you get started!

Define a focal point

Ask yourself what you want people to see first when they walk in the room. Sometimes this is defined by the shape of the room, or the arrangement of the furniture. Then, paint your accent color on that wall!

If your room has no obvious focal point, a great tip is to choose the wall that is the furthest away, but also the shortest width. If you choose a longer wall to accent, it can cause the walls to feel closed in and cramped.

You can also choose two walls that face each other, and paint two accent walls. If you choose this option, keep in mind that you should choose a color that will not overwhelm the space. It’s also best to avoid a wall with windows and doors.

Keep the 60/30/10 rule in mind

The purpose of the accent wall is not to be overwhelming, but to complement the room. Keep this rule in mind when you are choosing your paint colors:

  • 60% of the room’s painted surfaces and decor should reflect your dominant color

  • 30% of the room will focus on a secondary color (think decorations and accents)

  • 10% of the room is devoted to the accent color

If you are unsure of the best wall to use, ask us while we are working on your estimate! We are always here to share our expertise and experience. Plus, we want you to LOVE your accent wall.

What is the purpose of the room?

This relates to color psychology. Different colors make us feel certain emotions. It is well known that interior designers are very strategic in their use of colors throughout the house.

When you are choosing your accent wall, choose a color that will complement the feel of the room. If you are adding your accent wall to the bedroom, consider a calming color such as blue or green. For rooms with more energy, choose a color that evokes excitement!

Portland’s Preferred Painter

Choosing an accent wall is a fun and creative way to update the feel of your room. Because accent walls are often more bold, it is imperative that it is painted correctly. Hire your local trusted professional to get the job done right.

Our process is time tested, and client approved. We can help you start with the design process, suggest the best colors to complement your walls, and paint each room with skilled expertise. Schedule your estimate today.

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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