WHICH WALL SHOULD BE THE ACCENT WALL IN A LIVING ROOM?
When selecting which wall should be host to your accent living room wall decor, firstly, you need to consider the overall design of the room. Is there an obvious place where the eye is drawn when you open the door? Does all the living room furniture in the space lead and point the same way, or are you trying to distract the eye from looking a certain way? These factors will help you choose the naturally dominant wall.
CONSIDER THE FUNCTION OF THE ROOM
It is also important to think about how you wish to view the accent wall when within the room, considering whether your furniture faces it or not. For example, you could have the accent wall opposite the sofa, so that you can sit and enjoy the view, or if you prefer to create a vignette feel around the sofa, or indeed another favorite piece of furniture - a statement living room lighting or fireplace for example, then having the accent wall run behind it will create a beautiful backdrop and draw attention to that area.
THINK ABOUT NATURAL LIGHT
It's important to consider which way the light comes into the room, where your windows are, and what way your home faces, and how this impacts the space, in particular, the living room color.
THINK ABOUT HOW ACCENT WALL COLOR WILL AFFECT YOU
'When choosing color, consider the atmosphere you want to create,' advises Ruth of Little Greene. 'If you would like to create a peaceful retreat, consider combining soothing neutrals in contrasting strengths to create a space that feels soothing and cocooning. Where using bold color all-over feels a little overwhelming, try using a contrasting highlight color on a single wall, or make a feature out of architectural detailing such as a window frame or door, there are so many ways to introduce color into a space, don’t feel you need to go bold on all four walls to add color to your home.
CONSIDER THE CEILING, TOO
A ceiling can be considered the 'fifth wall', and if you move away from the school of thought which dictates the ceiling must be painted white, you can make a feature out of it using paint. One of the benefits of painting the ceiling as an accent wall is that it can help to create the illusion of a taller room.