Accent walls , also called feature walls, offer a quick and easy way to liven up the space. They can be high impact or have a subtle pattern which can inject just the right amount of interest into a room without overwhelming the space.
Whether you want a big change or a subtle upgrade, an accent wall could be just the thing you need. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
The Do’s of Feature Walls
Consider your goal: Choosing a bright or bold color can be great, but only if it fits in with the rest of the room. Bold just for the sake of bold is never a good idea.
Accentuate the space: Use an accent wall to define a living space.
Try Peel & Stick if you’re scared to commit: Opt for a peel and stick wallpaper when you want an easy way to update your space without making a big commitment.
The Don’ts of Feature Walls
Find your focal point: Do not randomly select a wall to highlight. The feature wall should be used to highlight the room’s existing focal point. For instance, the wall where the TV is makes for a good feature wall. The wall behind the headboard in a bedroom is also ideal. The point is that the eye should be drawn to one spot and if the feature wall is anywhere other than the focal area, the eye will not have a place to rest.
Use mixed materials: Do not fall in that trap thinking that paint and wallpaper are not your only options. You can also create feature walls out of tile, stone, and reclaimed wood, to name a few materials.
Do not fear wallpaper: So many people are hesitant to decorate with wallpaper because they do not want to deal with eventually having to take it down, but there are plenty of peel-and-stick options that are easy to remove when the time comes.