Are you getting ready to give your interior decor a boost with some new color?
Even if you’ve taped up the color samples, picked out the perfect hue and contacted professional painters you might not be quite done.
Consider creating some dramatic effect with an accent wall.
Painting one wall a different hue from the rest of the room can have a huge impact.
Read on to find out how.
It All Starts with Color Theory
It might be hard to believe, but there are certain color mixtures and combinations that can create specific visual effects. This is the basis of color theory.
We’ve compiled a list of five ways color theory can work to your advantage when creating an accent wall.
1. You’ll Add Some “Pop”
When all the walls are the same color, there’s a flatness to the space. But adding a different color to the mix will give the room some dynamic flair.
Just be sure that the wall you’re choosing to accent is not going to be obscured by a lot of artwork, draperies, moldings or large pieces of furniture. It’ll just get lost.
On the other side of that coin, if the wall is too bare or almost fully exposed, the pop can become too much.
Find that balance.
2. You Can Make A Room Feel Longer or Wider
Cool hues such as blues, greens, and purples have the effect of pushing walls away from the eye.
Painting an end or side wall in one of these cooler colors can make a short room seem longer, or a narrow room feel wider.
It’s the magic of color!
3. You’ll Bring Balance to A Room
Whereas cool hues push walls away from the eyes, warm hues such as reds, oranges, and yellows will pull a wall toward the eyes.
So if you’re looking to make an especially long or spacious room feel a little cozier, you could choose a warmer hue for the farthest or longest wall to pull things together.
This will create a sense of balance.
4. You Can Change the “Temperature” of the Room
The quality of natural light in the room is dependent on which direction it faces.
If the windows face east or north, the quality of light entering the room during the day is going to be cooler. But if the windows face south or west, the light that comes in will be much warmer.
This is just the nature of light in the morning vs. the afternoon.
Consider accenting a wall with warm hues in eastern or northern rooms. Using cooler hues for accent walls are best for western or southern rooms.
5. You Can Highlight Something Special
An accent wall is most effective when there’s a reason why you’ve given it special treatment.
It could be the reasons above.
Perhaps you also want to highlight the architectural features of a fireplace on that wall. Or you might have an antique hutch or a single painting that you’d like to showcase.
Someone entering the room will be immediately drawn to that special wall.
Make A Statement With An Accent Wall!
By simply painting one wall a different color, you can take your interior decor to the next level.
And if you have questions about what accent color will be the right for your room, don’t worry!
Just get in touch with us. We’d be happy to give you some tips and guidance.