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Dos and Don’ts of Accent Walls

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Consider these tips when painting accent walls in your home.

Accent walls are a fantastic way to add personality, depth, and visual interest to any room. When done correctly, they can transform a space, creating a focal point that enhances the overall design. At Columbia Paint, we want to help you achieve the perfect accent wall. Here are some essential dos and don’ts to consider when planning your next accent wall project.

Do Consider the Room’s Lighting

  • Natural Light: Evaluate the amount of natural light the room receives throughout the day. Natural light can significantly impact how a color looks on your wall. Rooms with ample sunlight can handle bolder, darker colors, as the light will make the space feel open and airy.
  • Artificial Light: Consider the type and warmth of artificial lighting in the room. Warm lighting can make colors appear warmer, while cool lighting can have the opposite effect. Test paint samples under different lighting conditions to ensure you’re happy with how the color looks at all times of the day.

Do Choose the Right Color

  • Complementary Colors: Select a color that complements the room’s existing palette. A bold accent color can add a striking contrast if your room features mostly neutral tones. Conversely, a more subdued accent wall can provide balance if your room is already colorful.
  • Mood and Function: Think about the mood you want to create. For a calming atmosphere, choose cool colors like blues or greens. For a more energetic vibe, opt for warm colors like reds or oranges. Also, consider the function of the room. For example, a tranquil color might be best for a bedroom, while a vibrant color could energize a living room or home office.

Do Consider Patterns and Unique Designs

  • Stripes and Geometric Patterns: Adding stripes or geometric patterns can create a modern, dynamic look. Use painter’s tape to achieve crisp, clean lines, and experiment with different widths and orientations to find a pattern that suits your style.
  • Wallpaper and Textures: Textured wallpapers or materials like wood panels can add depth and interest to your accent walls. Choose a design that complements your room’s style, whether it’s modern, rustic, or traditional.

Don’t Forget to Test

  • Sample First: Always test paint samples on your wall before committing. Colors can look different depending on lighting, wall texture, and other factors. Paint small wall sections and observe how the color changes throughout the day.
  • Consider the Finish: Different paint finishes can also affect the final look. Matte finishes can provide a soft, understated look, while glossy finishes can make colors pop and add a sleek, modern touch. Test different finishes to see what works best on your accent walls.

Don’t Rush the Process

  • Plan Thoroughly: Take your time to plan the design and color choice carefully. Rushing can lead to mistakes and dissatisfaction with the final result. Consider creating a mood board or digital mock-up to visualize the end result.
  • Proper Preparation: Prepare accent walls properly before painting. Clean the surface, fill holes or cracks, and apply a primer if needed. Proper preparation ensures a smooth, long-lasting finish.

At Columbia Paint, we’re here to provide you with the best paint products and expert advice to help you achieve your dream accent wall. Contact us today to get started!


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