How to paint an accent wall

The design has changed and prescriptive (and dated) 90s advice doesn’t hold as much sway anymore. The standard rules are just that – the standard rules.

So, when choosing an accent wall in your home today, almost anything is game. Do you want a mirror effect to create an illusion of space?

painting an accent wall

Go for it. Maybe a ceiling a shade darker than the walls will look good? That’s also okay. Personal taste is subjective after all.

Sure, you can buy a mural at the store. But if you consider yourself the artsy type, or are perhaps looking to add some personalized flair, then there’s nothing worse than settling for something that looks like it came out of a cookie-cutter.

While we can’t replicate the beautiful scenes from your visits to exotic locations, and we definitely don’t encourage printing photos on fabric and then tacking them up in lieu of actual artwork, there is another solution out there for those who are willing to get creative with their decorating plans.

Well, what exactly is an ancient wall. Some of you guys might know about it and some might not. So, in order to let you guys know about it. I am gonna explain it to you guys so that you peeps don’t get confused.

What is an Accent Wall?

An accent wall is a wall in a room that has a unique color or pattern. This wall is used to draw attention to a specific area of a room.

Accent walls are a great way to add interest to a room and make it stand out. They can be used to complement the color on the other walls, or they can contrast with them. Accent walls can be done in any room of the house.

Accent walls were all the rage in the nineties and early noughties. But much like parachute pants, lace-up boots, and tech stocks, they have become quite dated since then.

However, accent walls are making a comeback along with color blocking schemes which involve using opposing colors on one wall for a really unique look.

what is an accent wall.

Some Rules that the industry has mentioned commonly

Designers propose the idea that your accent wall should be the first thing a guest sees when they enter a room because if there is one takeaway point you want to make sure guests remember, it’s an accent wall.

This way they will always be noticed, especially if they are a part of the most effective design decisions in your home.

If you’re trying to figure out how to choose an accent wall, you should pay attention to its level of symmetry. You want your feature wall to be equally divided in a way that creates a balance between the elements in the room such as furniture.

Avoid walls with too much variation like having windows of different sizes or a slope; these make the feature wall look more cluttered and unorganized.

Making a room feel more welcoming can be easy as long as you know what details to pay attention to. If that room has a high ceiling, perhaps consider wall paint a darker color than the walls themselves and vice versa for lower ceilings.

You can use this technique in your dining room or living room to create the right ambiance.

When decorating a room, it’s helpful to adhere to the 60-30-10 rule. It means that the main piece of furniture can take up to 60% of the wall space in the room.

The secondary object should take up 30% of the wall space, and finally, 10% is reserved for accent items such as vases or small figurines on existing furniture.

Choosing the best color for your wall

To choose the right accent wall color, you can really be as adventurous as you like. The best way to think of your main room’s palette is to picture it like a blank canvas.

You might want to consider what color would complement your focal point, for example, if you have a predominantly white room with a picture of bright yellow sunflowers, consider choosing a fresh lemon or green color to compliment this focal point.

Or if you’d like to display your vibrancy and joie de vivre, choose a bold, delicious orange tone!

When choosing an accent wall, don’t forget to live with it for a bit before making your final choice. While you may love the idea of painting a wall red, for example, if your preferred paint color also clashes horribly with other elements in the room such as your desk or bed frame then this isn’t the best solution (unless it’s too late and you have already painted it)!

Here are some tools I suggest you use

Tools for painting accent wall

Once you’ve decided on the color scheme and the wall you want to accent, it’s time to pick the right tools for the job! of course, these depend on the medium you’ll use to make your feature wall.

You can get wall stickers like these, or you can use heat transfer vinyl or paint. The good thing with the stickers is that you don’t need to step up onto a tall ladder if you want something above eye level.

Of course, sticking a giant sticker on your wall is easier than painting the whole thing. However, if you want a solid colored mural instead of just one giant design.

I personally suggest you use a paint sprayer for this job to be done. This tip is for newbies and for professionals also.

Home decor enthusiasts should go with Wagner sprayers which can be helpful for those people who are comfortable with small and handy sprayers.

If you want to make a good impression at least from the point of view of your office’s visual appearance, there’s nothing better than accent walls.

Of course, it helps if it comes with the right tools – and what could be more fitting in this case than paint sprayers?

As they say, “the devil lies in the details” so if you want flawless results when decorating your office with an accent wall, getting one professionally done would be recommended.


The rule of thumb is to use a color that contrasts the wall. So if the wall is a creamy white, you should use a slightly darker shade of white. If the wall is a red brick, consider a light mint green. It’s easy to think people would want a color that goes with their wall, but it’s not that simple. Red walls look bad with a bunch of different colors because red is too strong a color. You can use gray to make your wall less red, but red is still a very strong color so it doesn’t matter what color you paint your accent wall. It’s best to find a color that contrasts from your wall color.

In a room, the best place to start painting is with your accent wall, especially if the wall you choose to paint is the one that is going to have the most attention in the room. This wall is usually the one that is located in the most prominent position and is also the one that is going to be the color of your room’s main element. In a room that has a lot of color, this is usually the wall that will be a medium neutral color, and it will be the only one that is going to have color on it.

You should do the accent wall on top of the staircase or the wall next to the stairs. When you approach the staircase, that’s the first thing you’ll see. When you are going up the staircase, the last one you’ll look at is the wall to your left, so the best place to do your accent wall is that wall.

I have been there, trying to find the perfect paint color for my accent wall. I’ve blundered time and time again, ending up with one too many beiges and whites in my closet color scheme. After trial and error, I’ve come to believe that painting an accent wall has nothing to do with the color, but with the amount of light in the room.  If you have very bright light, you can use brighter colors. If you have low light, the paint color should be darker to reflect the light well.

Accent wall is the area where you can express your taste in a room. There are many ways to blend the accent wall with the room’s color. This is an example – A room painted in beige, you can use darker brown for the accent wall. If you paint the living room with blue, try red for the accent wall. If you paint the bedrooms with gray, accent wall with mustard paint will look good.

An accent wall is a design element to make a room look a little different. It’s a way to add color to a room without committing to a full-on room remodel. If you’re thinking about using an accent wall in your home but not sure if it’s a good idea, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll talk about how to get an accent wall right and how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.

First you need to think about the color that you want to be the accent wall. Then you need to go for something that is different from the other walls. You can have a wall with something printed on it or else go for a wall with something designed on it.


I hope you enjoyed this blog post about how to paint an accent wall in your home. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Be sure to check out our other interior decorating blog posts, I have a lot of good information on the site which I hope can help you out in some way or the other.

See you guys again with some other informational posts about my experience. Happy painting folks!

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