What particular element of design, do you think, gives you a perception of space and light? This is no less than color. Color evokes an emotional response from the beholder and this all depends on how you see the light in the space provided. Through colors, you can feel coziness, warmth, calmness or even vigor.
Adding an accent wall paint can evoke drama in a room in ways that no other accessories can equal. The accent wall can also add a dimension that plain rooms will never be able to suggest.
But what will you do if you want to have a dark, accent color in a room but do not have ample space to stage it? Do not fret – just bring out the creativity in you by toning down the accent wall a couple of notches. This means that you can use a less dark color and then brighten it to effectively achieve the midtone color of your initial option. In essence, you are still using the same, deep color that you primarily wanted but you just had to calm it down.
As a result, your room will appear larger and any furniture or artwork will stand out and not be lost in the darkness. Doing this will also help the contrast to be a little less shocking. With this toned down version, the eye becomes comfortable even when it looks at the accent wall for hours at a time.
Most importantly, the vision that you have accomplished feels just like the original concept that you had in mind. While the accent color used was toned down, still, it is bold and rich to the sight while allowing light to reflect on its surface.
Now, the Basics…
Now that you have solved that dilemma on having a smaller space, it is time to learn the basics in choosing your accent wall color palette. Begin by establishing the emotion that you would want to evoke inside the room.
Would you want feel focused? Soothed? Or would you want to feel rejuvenated?
Take a very good look at the colors on your palette then visualize them when applied in the room. See also if you would want to use a similar color on your furniture pieces, the window dressings, and other accessories.
It does not take a lot of hours to paint an accent wall because, in essence, you are just painting one wall. A vital decision that you have to make, though, is the color that you will use on this single wall. You wouldn’t want to have a lot of design elements incorporated in one room.
Follow a particular theme, make sure to stick to it, then find a color that will accentuate yet balance the rest of the design elements.
As you do this, choose a complementary or a medium tone color for the rest of the design elements. Keep in mind that the color must be good to look at in both day or night; or at least the lighting used.
Pick a prominent display which you would want to highlight as soon as the wall painting is done. It can be a substantial work of art or a unique wall hanging. How about that family portrait that you have kept for a very long time? Why it’s about time to take it out of the box and have it displayed on your accent wall.
In a nutshell, always think that there are four walls in a room; and out of these four you get to pick one which you can paint in a totally bizarre color. So, if the three walls are painted white, then go ahead and find a bright orange or deep red to color the accent wall. The accent wall adds the perfect contrast because it presents a richer color than the rest of the walls. While painting this wall can be a real challenge, it is going to be worth it once you accomplish it. Take note, though, that the results can either make or break the home’s theme so better do it right the first time.
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