The Accent is on the “Wall”

Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of bolder colors. They can also help you create a color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.


Bold, colorful shades are good accent wall colors because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. To help choose the best access wall color for your space, use a color from a pillow or your favorite artwork as inspiration.

Here are some basic guidelines you can follow when determining what color to paint your accent wall:

  • Consider basic “color theory”. Warm colors like reds, oranges and yellows will tend to pull a wall towards the eye. For example, if you paint a wall bright red, that wall will seem closer to you than a white wall. Pick a wall that can tolerate being “fore-shortened”, like the longest or furthest wall in the room.
  • Cool colors like blues, greens and purples have the opposite effect and push the wall away from your eye.
  • Balance your color with existing features or planned furniture. An accent wall will lose its impact if it’s hidden behind floor-to-ceiling draperies or covered with artwork, molding or large pieces of furniture that don’t compliment the color.
  • Let the architecture of the room be your guide. Pick a wall with interesting architecture, like a fireplace, to be painted with your accent color.
  • “Accent” in this case means attention-getting color. Choosing a shade that is too pastel or neutral will make it difficult to tell it has been set off from the rest of your wall colors.

Creating a color accent wall in your living room can be an inexpensive way of transforming the look of your entire space. It can help create the new look for your room that you may be itching for without the cost of purchasing new furniture or drastic changes.