Accent wall is a wall in a room designed as a decoration focus. Accent wall color differ from the other walls. Many homeowners are afraid to paint their room with his favorite color, so prefer to play it safe with neutral colors. Favorite color should not apply across the walls of the room, we can apply on one wall only. Whereas the other walls using colors more neutral and safe, so as not to affect the existing furniture.
Accent walls requires at least 2 color combinations. There are 2 points accent wall color combinations that need to be known, bold and subtle contrast. When you consider your favorite color is too bold in entire room, why not choose one wall and make the wall accent.
In the color psychology, your personality can be reflected in a favorite color. Colors are also able to affect mood and sense of comfort.
Choose and Learn
The first step is pick a wall that would be an accent, and select the desired color accents. Accent wall will be the focal point of a room, you can choose based on a architectural wall unique shape or based on location and angle of view. Sloped ceiling would be to make the walls have architectural forms, a great option if you have it.
Once you decide the color that will be used, you need to learn color term. In the color wheel we know hue, saturation, and shade. Blue is the hue, yellow is hue, green is hue. Saturation is about how dominant a hue to another hue, for example: orange, red dominate the color green resulting orange color. Shade is about the combination of hue with bright or dark, eg blue coastal and ocean blue. Bright symbolized by white, dark symbolized by black.
In color theory, warm and cold hue can play a perception trick -- 'fore-shortened' trick. Warm hue tends to pull the walls closer to the eye, on contrary the cold colors. Trick is able to manipulate the room size view. The red color in the side wall will create a narrow sense, but red walls at the end of a long wall of the room will feel more balanced size.
Color can affect mood, for example when in the room throughout the hot-colored walls -- red, orange, yellow -- we will feel more active, energetic, and creative. However, if we are in the room with cool-colored walls -- blue, purple -- we will feel more relaxed. This needs to be considered regarding the room function and what mood that you want to built when in the room. For some people, paint the entire room wall with red are too extreme, then the option to apply the red color in the room is through a wall accent.
Room Lighting Collaboration
Manipulating color with natural light needs to be considered. For example, warm colors are not suitable when dealing directly with the window, because it will strongly reflect the lights that make the room seem brighter and warmer. Note: natural light will show the original color, incandescent lighting brings a yellowish color, while fluorescent carrying bluish color. Will be very useful when you decide to create light effects for your accent wall.
As a focal point, adding extra decoration needs to reconsideration. You can put up decorative mirrors, decorative book rack, wall art, or add light effects which highlight on the wall. Although called an accent wall, the wall accent are main actors. The main actor will not reach the maximum results if it is not supported supporting actor. Yup, supporting actor here is the three other walls. For lighting effects, easy light effects needed on another wall with the aim accentuate lighting effects on the accent wall.
Color Scheme And Paint Finish
The easiest way to play color combo is monochromatic, color contrasting with the darker or brighter hue. To get a more dramatic effect, trying to paint finish trick. Different paint finish will give a unique style and results. Use matte paint finish for accent walls to semigloss finish over other walls will provide a decorative cohesive look entire the room.