Accent WallsYesterday’s accent wall trend meant multi-color rooms. Multi-color rooms made the room pop, offered definition, and became a focal point. The trend burned out due to overemphasis. Today’s accent walls evolved from multi-color rooms into shades, patterns, wallpaper, and decorative wall panels that serve a purpose. For homeowners who want an accent wall in their home, bold colors no longer apply.


The Rules

Color Shades

While the previous trend requires bold contrasting colors, it’s no longer necessary. A bold accent wall now stems from two shades of the same color. The color unites the space while achieving the bold appearance. An example is using olive green as an accent color while the other walls are forest green. Homeowners get the bold results desired while the shades come together through the color green. For a bold result without straying too far in shade, examine the paint card. Select a shade for the walls. Then, select an accent color two or three shades higher or lower.

Detailed Designs

Shapes, stripes, patterns, wallpaper, and wall panels are welcome in accent wall design. These looks offer variety while respecting the trend. Wallpaper comes in many patterns and textures including shapes, stripes, and checkerboard. Yet, removable wallpaper or decals exist for renters or commitment phobic homeowners. Meanwhile, decorative wall panels resembling stone, wood, grass, brick, and metal are welcome in accent wall design. Additionally, designs extend to conversation pieces such as world maps, murals, chalkboard, fabric, and decorative art.

The Location

The four walls qualify as a possible accent wall before and now. The difference is accent walls today doesn’t begin and end with the four walls. The ceiling is now qualified as a possible accent wall. This works for homeowners who want a daring design but don’t want to stare at it frequently.

The Purpose

Open Floor Plan

The kitchen, dining room, and living room space with no walls between them is the open floor plan. Homeowners should walk to the living room, kitchen, and dining area with nothing standing in the way. Still, an accent wall creates boundaries between the living room, dining area, kitchen, and/or hallway. Accent walls divide rooms without panels or curtains.

Small Spaces

Tiny rooms such as a hallway, stairway, or foyer can use an accent wall to create enlargement. Use a dark color or dark-colored design to create a larger room horizontally. Vertically, the accent wall makes low ceilings taller.

Focal Point

The accent wall’s purpose is to make walls a focal point. Today, it serves to make room features the focal point. The fireplace and bed are paramount features in the living room and bedroom, respectfully. Painting the wall behind the fireplace and bed emphasizes those features more. A multi-color wall with paintings and photographs as features generate similar results. Alternatively, the wall behind bookshelves is a great opportunity to turn a bookshelf into a prominent feature. Simply remove the shelves, paint the wall, let it dry, and add the shelves. The pop of color blends into the room nicely.

The accent wall is here to stay, yet designers modified the purpose. A multi-color wall in the room still exists, but designers swap attention for functional. It must play a bigger role in rooms today than “bold color wall.”

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