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Ideas for Creating Beautiful Accent Walls

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An accent wall painted in Benjamin Moore's royal flush (2076-20) adds a fresh burst of color to a bedroom painted in neutral paper mache (AF-25).

This royal flush (2076-20) accent wall, along with accents in wrought iron (2124-10) & grape green (2027-40), infuses this modern bedroom with pops of color. The walls & ceiling are painted in paper mache (AF-25).

Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of brighter, bolder hues.

Whether you'd like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.

Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Accent Wall Ideas

Make a Bold Statement

Bold, colorful shades are good accent wall paint colors because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. For example, perhaps you're using bright colors in your decorative accessories throughout your space, but they seem far too bold for entire walls. Why not choose one of those colors to create an accent wall for a lively splash of vibrancy?

(TIP: Accent walls can also take away the stress of decorating a kid's room. Let your child choose a color for one wall and then choose a neutral color that you can live with for the other walls. Use decorative accessories and bedding to pick up the accent color to tie the look together.)

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall color on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.


Choosing the Right Paint Color

To help you choose the best accent wall hue for your space, use a color from a pillow or your favorite artwork, for example, as your inspiration. What is the most appealing color to you in that piece? Does it work with the main wall color? Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same color? Whatever shade you choose, an accent wall allows you to express your own unique, confident design style. So grab a paint brush and let your imagination go!

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