Which wall to make an accent wall: 7 options for any room

The lightest one, behind the sofa, opposite the door – let’s figure out which wall is best to accent with the help of color, patterns, or decor.

1. Sunny wall

If you want to make one wall color and leave the rest of the surfaces neutral, watch the movement of the sun across the room during the day. The side on which natural light falls the longest is ideal for painting in complex deep shades because its color will be perceived by the eye exactly as intended. Also, patterned wallpaper and various wall decor will look good on this wall: panels, paintings, and plants in hanging pots.

2. Shadow Wall

You can do the opposite. A wall at the back of the room, especially with a north-facing window, is also suitable for a color accent. But for it, choose bright sunny shades to visually make the space warmer and more comfortable. But it is better to avoid dark tones, complex patterns, and an abundance of decorations – they will get lost in the shadows. Don’t forget about additional lighting in this part of the room so that the bright finish is clearly visible in the evening.

3. Short wall in an elongated room

Accent walls affect the visual perception of space. Therefore, if in a narrow rectangular room, you paint the long walls in a bright color or hang wallpaper with a pattern on it, the feeling of a “carriage” will intensify even more. Instead, shift the focus to the end. Highlight the surface with color, photo wallpaper, shelves with books – the area of ​​these walls is small, and the accent will not overload the space, but will only visually correct the unfortunate geometry of the room. 

4. The wall behind the sofa or bed

If you want to make an accent wall but are afraid that you will soon get tired of it, choose the area behind the sofa in the living room or behind the bed in the bedroom. These are the areas that are least likely to catch the eye, so bright colors, large patterns, or a collection of posters will not become boring. In addition, such an accent will additionally emphasize the recreation area and generally make the interior more atmospheric.

5. The wall opposite the door

If it’s important that accent trim or wall decor be noticed and immediately set the mood when entering the room, highlight the surface opposite the door. This is where the eye falls first, so there you can make a composition from different wall decor. Hang shelves with your favorite books or plants in beautiful flowerpots, posters with interesting inscriptions, family photos, and paintings. Provide sufficient lighting so that the composition looks good even without daylight.

6. Wall in a non-residential room

Any non-residential space can be transformed with an accent wall. For example, decorate the area behind the toilet with wallpaper with a floral print or choose bright tiles with a pattern for the bathroom. Paint an empty wall in the hallway in a rich color and add decorative shelves to enliven the space, or use the same patterns.

7. Wall next to the functional area

If in one of the rooms you need to separate a functional area (for example, a work area, a sleeping area, or a dining area ), then you can highlight the nearest wall with a color or pattern. This is a simple and visually easy way of zoning without the use of partitions. In this case, it is better to refuse a large amount of wall decor – you can overload the interior. 

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