The How-To of Accent Wall PaintDeciding to paint an accent wall is a great way to make a huge impact in any room with minimal effort on a minimal budget. Within just a few hours, your room will have new life breathed into it. Here are some tips on how to make it happen—from choosing which wall to finding the right colour of paint.

First off, which wall should you paint? There’s no right or wrong answer here, but it a decision that takes consideration. Obviously, the bigger the wall and the more open wall space on the wall, the bigger the change. But maybe you just want a little accent. For instance, there’s a big difference between painting the long side of a rectangular room, or the short side. Or perhaps the long side you’re considering painting has a large window in the centre, breaking up the colour. People generally tend to paint accent walls that are blank and not obstructed by windows. On the other hand, accent walls that feature fireplaces or some other feature are also popular options to paint.

Consider the light as well. When the room is lit up the most by natural daylight (say mid-day or at sunset, or even early morning), how does the light hit the potential accent wall(s)? The answer to this question should play a factor in your wall decision, as well as your colour decision. After all, perhaps a bright yellow, as vibrant as it is at night, is just too much at certain times of day. Or maybe that’s exactly what you’re looking for! It’s up to you. Just make sure not to forget this factor.

Now, on to the paint colour itself. One of the bonuses – besides saving time and money – of choosing to paint an accent wall is that you can go with a bold statement that doesn’t overpower the room. Love dark purple, but think it will overpower a space and make it feel too cave-like? By using the rich colour that you love on an accent wall, you’re simply drawing the eye rather than encasing the room’s inhabitants. With an accent wall, your paint colour options are virtually limitless, with the right attention to detail.