The idea behind an accent wall or focus wall sounds good: paint most of the room in a good neutral tone, and let one wall have a pop of colour. This way, you get the excitement of a new colour without an overwhelming dose of strong shades, and you can change it easily as trends change.
So often, though, a room with a focus wall ends up looking small, choppy, and unfinished. How can you make your room look good with an accent wall?
- Strong contrast can look great, but it's certainly the most daring choice. A chartreuse or orange wall in your otherwise white room will definitely be eye-catching, but a caramel-toned wall in a biscuit room is easier to pull off. Colours with similar depth or degree of darkness, or in the same colour family, will be easier than a very strong contrast.
- Use the colour elsewhere in the room. Pull the hue for your accent wall from the fabric of your soft furnishings or from an art object elsewhere in the room, and bring it in further with decorator touches.
- Have the wall professionally painted. Perfect edges and a crisp finish will keep it from looking as though you started painting your room and gave up after one wall.