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Accent Wall Rules: Do's And Don'ts + Our Four-Step Process

When it comes to painting an accent wall there’s a lot to put into consideration. From picking out the best color to the best wall to paint it can get very stressful.

Were going to go through the dos and don'ts, as well as a step by step process to painting the perfect accent wall.

Accent walls are extremely trendy and will look amazing just about anywhere. First of all, they instantly make a room pop and express how you feel. They also are extremely easy to do so it won’t require a bunch of money to hire a company.

If you’re thinking about painting an accent wall but just don’t know how or what to do, here is how to paint an accent wall step by step!


Think Outside Of The Box

It's important to get creative and truly express yourself. Accent walls are meant to be stunning and maybe jump out at you a bit.

Choose the right wall: Going with the right wall will make all the difference. The truth is not every wall is meant to be an accent wall. There are some key things that might ruin the look, well dive deeper into that in the step by step process.


Forget About The Wallpaper:

Wallpaper is not what it used to be. Nowadays there are some amazing designs and options that would be perfect for an accent wall.

Make Them Complete:

Accent walls are meant to accent and not fill an entire room. It’s best to let the accent wall show of its own beauty than putting out too much of one color.

Don't Be Afraid Of Color:

Colors are what make accent walls so spectacular. This is the best time to go bold with a bright red or deep gray.

Step 1: Find The Best Wall

Getting the best wall is vital for the accent wall to thrive. It’s also important to avoid having multiple rooms with accent walls as that can get a little overwhelming.

So wheres the best place?

The first question is what room could use it the most. Maybe a room that that has an undertone and needs to be brightened up a bit, or a room that looks dull.

Once you figure out the room, the next step is to decide which wall will become the accent. The best way to pick this is the wall that first grabs your attention upon walking in. Another factor to keep in mind is if it’ll be obstructed by a TV, dresser, etc.

Step 2: Figure Out The Design

It’s important to match the wall with a similar design to the room. So if you’re planning on an entire makeover it’ll take some more thinking as you’ll want the furniture to blend in with the accent wall.

But, if you’re matching the wall to the current furniture it’ll be a lot easier as you just choose what you think looks best.

For some inspiration, it might be a good idea to check out accent walls on Pinterest or Google.

Step 3: Pick A Color

Ultimately the decision is up to you on what color to go with, but sometimes a few steps can help find the perfect color.

Typically its best to follow the 60-30-10 rule which states that 60% of the room should be the dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color.

So when choosing a color you’ll want something that’s different from the 60% and 30% colors to make it pop.

Before committing to color its best to grab a few samples to see what it will look like. This will prevent wasted time and money.

Step 4: Paint

The final step is bringing everything to life. Before actually applying the paint be sure everything is safe from any spills. It’s also important to tape off any edges that rent supposed to be painted.

The best technique to use is starting from the top and working your way down in long, even strokes.

Always keep in mind that the paint will look a little different once it's done drying. So don’t judge the color too early.

Once the first coat is on, determine what you’d like to do next.

Is it too light?

Too dark?

Based on your thoughts you can either leave it where its at or add another coat to darken it up.

Final Thoughts

Painting an accent wall can be a little stressful, but in the end, it will truly transform your home.

Accent walls are mean to express yourself and stand out a bit, so don’t be shy when it comes to picking a “crazy” color.

It’s also important to not overdue the color by painting it everywhere in the house.

Now that the steps are laid out, its time to get your DIY on and start the process. It might get a little stressful at times but just keep in mind how amazing it’ll look when completed!

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