Freshen up your room with an accent wall!
If you always wanted bright, vibrant colors for the walls in your house, but are afraid to take the leap of painting the whole room a bright color, why not take advantage of the “accent wall”?
An accent wall is a wall in a room that is painted in a different, more vibrant color than the rest of the walls in the room. It is not meant to just be painted a different color. Take advantage of that difference by accentuating a beautiful piece of wall art, a sculpture, a family portrait. A fireplace or special piece of antique furniture may also be the answer.
Tips on Painting an Accent Wall
Warm colors – reds, yellows, oranges – play tricks on your perception. A bright orange wall will look closer than a white wall. If using a warm color for your accent wall, try to make it the longest or farthest wall in the room.
Cool colors – blues, greens, purples – also play tricks on perception, but have the opposite effect than warm colors. Cool colors tend to “push” the eyes from a wall. You can make a short room look longer by painting the farthest wall in the accent color, or make a room look wider by painting a side wall in the accent color.
Use the ceiling as the fifth wall in a room. By painting the ceiling a lighter color of the walls in your room, the room will actually seem larger than if you left the ceiling white. Why? Because you are softening the contrast between the walls and the ceiling.