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Paint an Accent Wall for a Splash of Colour!

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Accent walls are a great way to bring a dash of colour to a space. Sharon Grech shows you how a little colour can go a long way!

Perhaps you've chosen brilliant orange accents in decorative accessories throughout your main floor because the colour seems far too bold for all the walls. But why not try a small accent wall in the dining room with a lively but livable orange like Benjamin Moore's prairie lily (CC-98) for a splash of vibrancy without overwhelming the space?

The key to using accents successfully is to be sure to repeat the colour in adjacent rooms, but in much smaller doses. Use it for accessories, fabrics, etc. It's all about balance!

If the thought of orange scares you a little, just remember that the accent colour does not have to be too "bold" to have impact—just a pinch of the right hue goes a long way!

But colour is very personal and subjective, so if you prefer a more subtle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall colour on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-colour space.

To help you choose an appropriate accent wall colour, use a colour from a cushion or your favourite artwork, for example, as your inspiration. What is the most appealing colour to you in that piece? Does it work with the main wall colour? Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same colour?

Accent walls can also take away the stress of decorating a child's room. Let your child choose a colour for one wall and then choose a neutral colour that you can live with for the other walls. You will find that once you pick the accent up in decorative accessories, bedding, prints, etc., you instantly tie the look together and everyone is happy!

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