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.