Painting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways you can update or change a room while still creating impact. However, when it comes to more precise painting projects, like tackling an intricate accent wall as pictured above, you need more than just a can of paint, primer and a brush! Be sure to read these important tips and tricks before you begin. A well-done accent wall can quickly, easily and cheaply turn a room from drab to fab!
Pick your wall
Just like painting isn't as easy as slapping some color onto a wall, choosing your wall shouldn't be done blindly. You want to pick a wall that's a focal point of the room. For example, when you walk into the room, where do your eyes take you first -- the wall behind the fireplace? The wall next to a giant window? That's the wall you want to accentuate. It's usually best to choose a wall that has some architectural charm to it, like one with a fireplace, built-in bookshelf or a large window.
When choosing your accent wall, it's also important to take into account how you plan on decorating. Do you have a lot of oversized paintings, ornate mirrors or decals you want to use on adjoining walls? If so, creating a bold accent wall and decorating with those pieces will only create a cluttered, busy look. The wall pictured was a great choice to accent since it's along the stairs, plus, there are no decorations on the surrounding walls, making this wall the main focal point.
Choose your design and/or colors
If you're planning on painting a solid color, choose one that's slightly deeper, more vibrant or darker than the other walls. In the picture above, the other walls are a beige, while the accent wall is a deeper red. This not only makes it stand out more and creates more of a focal point, it adds a nice contrast when you're looking at the room head-on. However, each color isn't just that color alone. For example, blue isn't just blue, it's made up of green and yellow. So if you have a pale green wall and want to accent one side of it, a deep blue may clash. To find the right color, go to a home store or a paint supply store and ask for paint swatches in an array of different colors. That way, you can hold up the swatch to the wall and find the color that complements perfectly.
Feeling more artsy and want to create a more dramatic look, like the beautifully stenciled accent wall here? Simply find a stencil that is large enough to fit your entire wall. (You can buy them here). If you can't find one large enough, simply buy a few of the same stencil and layer them up. Place the stencil over the wall and using a smaller, more precise brush, paint inside the lines of the stencil using your accent color. Then carefully remove the stencil and let dry. You can do touchups then too. Check out this tutorial by DIY Network for more information!
Photo credit: James Steel
After your wall is painted, primed and dried, it's time to start decorating! You certainly don't have to decorate your accent wall, especially if it's the wall behind a large fireplace, bookshelf or other statement architectural piece. However, if you've just painted a wall and want to add decor, find a theme and stick with it. Too many clashing colors, whether that be in frames, prints or artwork, will take away from the color of the wall.
Take, for example, this accent wall in the photo at right. The homeowner just added a few prints in the same color scheme and clustered them. The look is polished, simple and still creates a statement.
Photo credit: Amy Metzner Kimes
Painting an accent wall is an easy, budget-friendly way to spruce up your home, so follow these tips and get to painting! Check out HGTV for more accent wall tips and tricks,
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