Small home renovation projects are a great way to update your home and customize it to your style. One of the easiest ways you can refresh a living space is by painting an accent wall. A single painted wall can provide color to a room without overwhelming the space. These tips can help you can choose an accent wall color that best coordinates with your home design and decor.
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Painting is the first step towards decorating walls and coordinating rooms to create a comprehensive design within your home. Painting is my least favorite part, but the wall color sets the foundation for the fun part — decorating! Home decor brands such as Umbra offer timeless home accents that integrate seamlessly into many color schemes and decorating styles. Below, we share our process for picking a wall color, using proper painting techniques, and updating a room’s style with a few classic decorative accents.
Tips for Choosing Paint Color
It’s best to choose an accent wall paint color that coordinates with your existing furniture and home decor. If you have a classic country home design, warm hues such as yellow or tan could be a good fit for an accent wall. Modern home decor could coordinate with a gray, soft teal or dusty blue accent wall. A Southwestern or Adobe style home would look great with light gold, rust or soft plum accent walls.
- Choose a paint color that matches the style of your home.
- Coordinate that same accent color throughout your house with decorative details, pillows and throws.
- Tie rooms together by choosing several accent colors and coordinating decor accordingly throughout your home. For example, you may have a warm gray accent wall in one room with charcoal and teal decorative accents, and a soft teal accent wall in another room with warm gray, charcoal and teal home decor scattered throughout.
- Once you choose your accent wall color, you can embellish your home’s style with some fun home decor that adds pops of color!
How to Paint an Accent Wall
Choosing your accent wall paint color is the first step towards painting an accent wall. Once you have a general paint color in mind, you can purchase paint samples. You may want to test out a few colors of paint to see which color you like best. Paint a small swatch that you can easily paint over later. The paint samples will allow you to see the color on the wall within the lighting of the room, before you commit to painting the entire wall. Once you’ve decided on the color, you can confidently purchase the paint.
You can use a tool like this paint calculator to estimate how much paint you’ll need to buy for your project. Calculate the square feet by multiplying a wall’s width by the height. Generally, one gallon of paint will cover approximately 350 square feet.
Prep the Wall for Painting
Before you being painting your accent wall, you’ll need to do some prep work. First, you need to remove the outlet covers from all the electrical outlets on the wall. This is easily done with a screwdriver. It would be much harder to meticulously paint around each outlet cover.
Tape off Edges
Next, you can make your painting job cleaner by taping off all the edges around the wall. This includes corners and the edge along the ceiling and baseboards. Painters tape is designed to provide a good seal on the wall to minimize paint from seeping beneath it. By properly applying painter’s tape along the edges of the accent wall, you will reduce a lot of touch up work you’d otherwise have to do later.
Use a Consistent Painting Technique
When painting an accent wall, it’s helpful to use a consistent painting technique that provides good paint coverage and doesn’t create noticeable edges. General painting tutorials recommend to paint in a “W” zig-zag pattern, going over the paint roller’s edges as you paint using diagonal motions. This painting technique will help cover the entire wall efficiently and minimize paint drips and paint edges left by the ends of the paint roller.
If you are painting a textured wall, you will need to be thorough to cover all the tiny textured indents with paint. If you quickly paint over white texture, you may notice later lots of white specks where the paint didn’t quite reach. Painting an accent wall may require 2 to 3 layers of paint, depending on the paint color or original wall color.
How to Re-paint a Dark Colored Wall
If you are re-painting dark colored accent wall, you may need to prime the surface before applying the new color of paint. Kilz wall primer and stain blocker is an excellent product to use because it effectively covers dark paint and prevents the old dark color from bleeding into the new wall paint as it dries. Your new wall paint may look great at first, but if you don’t cover old dark paint (or dark wood) with an effective wall primer, the old color may start to show through over time.
Decorate! Mix Timeless Classics with Trendy Accents
Choosing to paint accent walls in your home is a great way to refresh the style of your home and infuse new life into your living spaces. Once your accent walls are finished, you can embellish your home with coordinating furniture, lighting, curtains and rugs! We recommend choosing timeless styles for couches and larger furniture to maximize your investment. You can add trendy flair to your home with less expensive decor such as wall planters, chic rugs, side tables and decorative lamps.
We enjoy changing up our accent colors based on season and stage of life. Because we have young kids, our living room has mostly dark furniture and a dusty blue accent wall. The blue paint provides a pretty backdrop for our white home decor. The dark blue color also hides dirt and fingerprints in the doorway; general wear that comes along with a busy family life.
We can change out throw pillows and wall art seasonally to incorporate different colors and styles that coordinate with our blue accent wall. Our blue wall is a simple by effective way to break up the white interior of our home without being too overwhelming.
Choosing home decor to match the accent wall color is my favorite part of home renovation. This geometric metal gem and modern decorative pot incorporates seamlessly into our modern country home design.
Succulents are pretty to use in planters in every room of the house. We use a combination of live and artificial succulents to add a little greenery to our decor.
These cool planters from Umbra can be used in any corner of your home. They come in two sizes and several metal finishes including nickel, brass and copper. I love their simple yet trendy design that catches the eye and easily fills an open wall space.
Umbra’s modern LED picture frame is an innovative personalized accent for a shelf, home office or desk. This photo frame lights up around the edges. The two pieces of glass un-clip from the base, so you can slide a photo between them. It takes a little precision to re-assemble the photo frame, but once set up, the floating photo effect is pretty cool.
Umbra was born out of passion for original design and the desire to create products for every home. Umbra’s team of international designers bring thought and creativity into everyday items, using innovation and inspiration from the global marketplace.
Which color would you paint an accent wall? What are your favorite colors to decorate with? You can be as creative as you’d like when styling your home. It’s always fun to redecorate a living space or renovate your home to implement an entirely new design.
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, creative projects, taking photos and traveling. I’ve previously worked as a web designer, journalist and barista. I hope you enjoy our creative projects and family adventures!
Great tips you have here. Love the paint color you chose, too. Beautiful outcome.
love the accent wall! what color and brand did you pick?
Nicely done! I think I did too many accent walls in my old house, so when I moved to my current one I left every wall very light and very neutral! Maybe it’s time to add a pop of color though.
I had one of these walls and I painted it red, big lesson learned, too much red can make you tired after a while lol
Oh wow! Yes it’s possible to pick a color that’s not ideal long term. We’ve had some trial and error in decorating our home. It’s always easy to paint a swatch of color to see what you think!
Gosh, this is such a helpful and informative post on painting! We are planning to renovate our living room and see, here we got such amazing tips 😍 Thanks for sharing 💕💕
Our house has such an open floor plan – it would be neat to paint an accent wall. Otherwise all the rooms just run into one another, so our whole house is pretty much the same color.
An accent wall can provide pretty color! I love the open floor plan, so great for hosting.
i’ve been thinking of doing accent walls here in the new house. love the pop of color!
Thanks! We went pretty bold because we love color and if we get tired of it, we can always change it later!
This couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re about to start refurbishing, and haven’t yet decided on paint colours.
Awesome! I hope your home renovating project goes well! You can always pick a neutral color, or add a colorful accent wall that coordinates with the rest of your decor.
This is such helpful info! I love the color that you chose for your accent wall. Succulents are so pretty have around the home.
I love how it turned out and how you decorated it. Looks modern and calm. When I get my own home, I definitely want to paint my walls!
We love the blue in our living room. It is possible to get too much color on the walls. I love clean white, with some neutral accents and one bold wall.
Wow! I am so loving this ! Thank you for the tips. Can’t wait to try this at home.
awesome tutorial. I also have an accent wall in my apt (it’s jet black) and I personally think it will always be nice
A black wall would be very cool! In one of our apartments we had a burnt orange wall. We loved it!
These are some fantastic tips for choosing paint colours. I’ve always wanted to do an accent wall but never been confident enough in choosing the colour.
It can be hard to choose paint colors. Just get some paint samples and start trying things out! Paint a swatch you can easily cover up later.
This is excellent!!! I love accent walls, i mean who doesn’t but i really love them. Thanks a lot for the tips.
Thank you! We enjoy changing our home decor ever so often. A lot of colors can go with our blue accent wall.
Thanks for sharing these nice tips which will help those who are looking to repaint their walls as your tips certainly looks attractive with some unique tips.
We’ve been doing a lot of work and painting around our house. We are thinking about painting the wall behind our bookshelves a darker accent color. Thank you for the inspiration!
That would be very pretty, especially if it made the decor on the shelves stand out.