Categories: Decorating Ideas | Posted: February 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Create an Accent Wall
Tired of coming home to your dull, beige colored walls each day? Looking for a change?
Bring life to your space with an accent wall. This easy update is sure to deliver big results to your next home project.
Follow our 5 simple steps, and see what a difference a fresh coat of paint can do for you and your home.
Pick Your Wall
Where are your eyes drawn each time you enter the room? Choose the wall that will accent the room best.
In a living room, the focal point is usually the wall with architectural detail, such as a fireplace or built-in bookshelves. Often, the best wall in your bedroom is the headboard wall. Adding a pop of color will add just the right contrast to freshen up the look of your room.
Follow the 60-30-10 Rule
When choosing the perfect paint color, do not let the number of options overwhelm you. Instead, follow the 60-30-10 rule, which states:
60 Percent: 60% of the room represents your dominant color choice, including painted surfaces and décor. In a living room, this would be most of your walls, accent pieces such as large area rugs, and a sofa.
30 Percent: 30% is your secondary color, which includes accent chairs, painted furniture, bed linens, draperies, and most importantly, your accent wall.
10 Percent: 10% is the accent color, which includes throw pillows and artwork.
Pick Up the Paint
After establishing the perfect color scheme for your room, head to your local home improvement store to pick out your accent color. Color palettes are a great tool in selecting the shade that will fit your room best.
Be sure to buy a can of primer if you plan on painting a light color over a dark color, or if you are covering up semi-gloss or gloss paint.
When it comes to painters tape, be sure you do not cut any corners. Carefully line the wall, as paint roller lines will become very visible against the contrasting walls.
Covering your floors with a protective covering, such as a drop cloth or plastic sheet, guarantees a mess-free project for you and your home.
Paint, Paint, Paint
Once your room is prepped and ready to go, apply your primer as directed. Apply two coats of your accent color, for optimal results.
Allow your walls time to cure, and take into consideration any conditions such as humidity that may add time to the process. Once cured, remove your floor coverings and painters tape, and enjoy your new room!
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for a home – both new and old. Create your own accent wall, and enjoy the positive changes it can make!