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The Do’s and Don’ts of Adding an Accent Wall to Your Home

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Accent walls are an all-time designer favorite because they add an extra oomph to your home’s overall decor. Their flexibility allows you to make a personal statement in your space.

An accent wall is a decor statement that shows one item totally different from the rest of the house, especially its color. For example, you could have a tan sofa with bright pillows. Those pillows are called “accent pillows” and the same concept can apply to a wall. You create an accent wall that is unique and different from the other walls in the house, making it stand out.

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Creating an accent wall should not be too difficult if you know what to do. An accent wall can be used in any room when you follow some recommended dos and don’ts. Let’s look at some of them.

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The Do’s

  1. See The Big Picture
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Before choosing the right color for your statement wall, consider how it would look in the grand scheme of things. When it comes to home decor, you want your space to look tasteful and not tacky. So consult your color wheel and imagine if your preferred accent hue would look good with the rest of your decor.

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2. Be Creative

Think outside the box and don’t limit your choices to solid colors. The wall might be perfect for stripes and geometric patterns or a unique paint finish, like a metallic. Whatever you decide, let it look as creative and as beautiful as you like.

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3. Give Your Neutral Decor A Pop

Even if you love the minimalist decor, adding an accent wall won’t deviate much from your overall idea. You don’t have to use a bright color to accent your wall. You can use a less dramatic shade like dark brown or any other neutral color. It will draw attention because of how well it stands out in your neutral decor.

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The Don’ts

  1. Don’t Forget Lighting
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Apart from checking how well an accent wall fits in with the other walls, you also want to be sure that it will look good with your home’s lighting. Whether natural or artificial, or in the day or night, your accent wall should always look great.

2. Don’t Neglect Texture

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A statement wall isn’t just set apart with its color. The material for the wall, shelves, or whatever you put on the wall’s surface should make it different from the others. Some people create an accent wall by using it as a photo or artwork gallery. Others might mount beautiful patterned plates or mirrors all over the wall.

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In recent years, mounting a special electric fireplace on an accent wall is a new trend. One thing we love about accent walls is how flexible they are to decorate. Just make sure your decorations look good with the wall.

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3. Don’t Avoid Bold Colors

Bold colors for an accent wall are our favorite because they encourage creativity. The basic rule of the thumb is to ensure that any accents around the room match your new wall.

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Judith Ejike

I write for decoist.

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