For me, finding the perfect paint color is the ultimate task. It took me 5 different paint stores to find the right color for our living room and dining room because nothing was just quite right. Now that we are tackling the upstairs of our home, I am back at it finding the PERFECT paint color for each room.
One thing you will not find in our house in relation to paint is accent walls. Although common in the early 2000’s, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but gone are the days of one wall with a bold color complimenting the other three. I recently showed a house in which both the living room and the dining room donned accent walls. Despite the contemporary furniture, the house felt weirdly dated.
Also, as someone who works primarily with first time home buyers, I have noticed that buyers tend to gravitate towards the homes with neutral walls as it is easier for them to picture themselves and their furniture in the home with out the distraction of bold colors. Bold colors can often lead to room sizes looking smaller and comments related to how much work might be needed when painting over it.
For those with accent walls in your house, don’t feel the need to cover them up because there are some exceptions, however for those unable to paint your own walls because you are renting, or, you have the desire to paint your favorite bold color on the wall, don’t worry, I have a solution for you!
Accent colors! By implementing your go-to color in your décor versus your paint color, you still get to express your personal style but save yourself the pain when you decide you’re over it. For us, our go to color was D’s favorite, orange. Never do I think I would have been able to manage an orange wall, especially in my living room, but also because it would not create the sophisticated, relaxing feel I wanted in my entertaining space.
Through candles and throw pillows, as well as vases and more we have implemented a little bit of orange here and there in our home without it being too in your face like an orange wall would do.
Overall, the orange has brought some interest into our otherwise neutral home but its not too hard to switch things up if we decided to use other colors. Another reason I like having accent colors is that they are easy to alter the feel of your home especially for each season. Around Christmas, my decor is primarily red and silver, so by keeping my accent colors strictly in the decor it is easy to prevent clashing and I can move things around until the holiday is over.
Now don’t get me wrong, for those of you who love an accent wall, by all means, stay true to your bold self and get that bright color on the wall. Ultimately, its you living in your home and you should be able to paint the walls what ever color your heart desires. Especially if you don’t have any plans to move soon now is the time.
What do you think? Did I hit the mark, or am I way off about accent walls? Comment below!