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Add elegance with accent walls

Saturday, June 25, 2011
By Nivedita Pandit

Adding an accent wall to your décor is one of the quickest ways of adding more drama and elegance to a room. An accent wall is when a particular wall of a room is painted a colour that is visibly different from the remaining walls. An accent wall helps draw the eye’s focus to a particular portion of a room. If you think an accent wall is what your rooms need, read on for tips to help you make better and informed choices.

• If you’re not sure about the right wall to accentuate, choose one that already contains attractive features. For example, the wall could have an attractive feature such as a window that overlooks a wonderful view. Or it could just be the wall people see when they first enter a room or one that is most visible when people are seated.
• If there’s nothing naturally attractive about a wall, you could make it attractive by hanging a large painting/picture or any other type of wall art. If the accent wall is for the living room, many people prefer affixing their flat screens on the accent wall.
• An accent wall colour is usually a bold or dark colour to make it stand out from the remaining walls.
• To decide the colour of your accent wall, look for colours in the furnishings or accessories such as vase, painting, carpet etc around the room. This brings a about a fluidity in the colour scheme.
• If you’re still confused, get a paint/colour brochure.
• Cut out colours that come closest to the chosen colours from the accessories or furnishings in a room. Now place them all together and then choose an accent colour that best suits the colour scheme.
• The remaining walls around an accent wall should never be plain white as they place too much of an emphasis on the accent wall.
If you’re choosing a dark or bold colour for the accent wall, choose light or medium colours for the rest of the wall. You can either choose contrasting colour or a lighter shade of the accent wall’s colour.
• To further accentuate the accent wall, you can use faux painting techniques such as sponging, ragging, tippling etc.
• Wall glazes can now be obtained from many branded companies and are a great option for accent walls. Wall glazes give an accent wall that extra bit of texture.


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