Ac­cent Wall

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME IN-STEP -

This bold dec­o­rat­ing state­ment needs to be treated as such. The ac­cent wall is not about fear of colour or not want­ing to paint a whole room with dra­matic im­pact – it’s about em­brac­ing colour and what it can do to liven up your space. An ac­cent wall should cre­ate ex­cite­ment and breathe new life into a sub­dued space.


Look for a fo­cal point and then find a colour to com­ple­ment the room. Don’t blend ex­ist­ing colours to cre­ate the ac­cent – this look needs to be strong and con­fi­dent.


Choose a wall that can be seen from other ar­eas of the home, so that the colour­ful state­ment will have the great­est im­pact. See­ing the colour from the en­try will set the tone for a vi­brant look.


Colour fore­cast­ers for 2010 pre­dict strong hues on the hori­zon. Pan­tone’s colour of the year is blue-green with aquatic in­flu­ences that are ev­i­dent in a shade that can be seen this spring on ev­ery­thing from fabrics to nail pol­ish. Ben­jamin Moore cites green as the “it” colour for this year, while PARA Paints is see­ing things on the bright side and go­ing with a vi­brant yel­low.


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