ACCENT WALLS: THE PROS AND CONS
Home styling trends come and go, but one trend that seems to have found some staying power is the accent wall. Creating a wall that stands out in the home, whether it be painted a different shade or color completely, or is wall papered or has some other treatment, looks great in some homes but is not for everyone. If you're thinking about incorporating an accent wall, here are a few pros and cons to contemplate:
What Is an Accent Wall?
Before deciding to add an accent wall, it is important to understand what it is and how it should be used. An accent wall is one wall that is a different color than the other walls in a room, sometimes even a different texture. It is usually the first wall you see when entering the room, adding character and depth to the room or helping divide spaces. Generally, it should be used with the focal point of the room, not by itself or detracting from the focal point. In some cases, it might not be the entire wall, but instead a portion, like surrounding a fireplace.
Pros of Adding an Accent Wall
For homeowners that are looking to add complexity to a simple or small space, accent walls can be just the ticket. They offer an inexpensive way to diversify a space in a few different ways. Here are a few pros on adding an accent wall:
- Separate without construction. An accent wall can offer a separation in a room without adding walls or re-positioning furniture. A large area can be quickly transformed into two or more spaces by adding an accent wall.
- Make small rooms seem larger. A closed in room can be opened to seem larger by changing the color of one wall, usually to a darker, more dramatic color.
- Adding texture. Not all accent walls are painted. An accent wall can be brick, stone or wallpapered, adding texture and dimension to a room.
Cons of Adding an Accent Wall
While accent walls can be a beautiful addition when used correctly, they can also be distracting and seem out of place if not done properly. Too bright of a color on an accent wall in an already busy room can make it feel chaotic or cluttered. Also, if the accent wall is not situated to blend with the focal point, it can create an unbalanced style that can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to make an accent wall work in some spaces, especially when the point is for them to be cohesive with its surroundings, and not stick out, but instead compliment the room.
If you've decided to go with an accent wall, let the crew at Spectrum Painting help bring your idea to life. Whether you plan to paint or wallpaper, we're able to help you with any of your needs and are happy to provide a free color and wall treatment consultation. Give us a call at 973-706-6033 to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our estimators!