How to Create an Artful Accent Wall

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Paragon Apartments in Fremont, CA

Creating a color accent wall in your apartment can be a shortcut to transforming the look of your entire space — but misguided choices could undermine your beautification efforts.

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Read on for the do’s and don’ts to design an amazing, artful accent wall in your apartment home.

Why an accent wall?
Painting a single wall in your apartment in a complementary, yet distinct, color can create a powerful decor statement. You can jazz up a plain floor plan and draw the eye through the apartment space, perhaps away from weak points or unglamorous views. An accent wall can also create a sense of depth in an area like a hallway or staircase.

Adding an accent wall is a great way to tip-toe into a whole-apartment color change. Painting just one wall gives you a chance to test-drive a color before committing that change to a larger space. It’s an effective way of getting color into your home on a shoestring budget.

Read more: Do’s and Don’ts for Creating an Accent Wall

Don’t pick a random color
Just because orange is your favorite color doesn’t mean it’s going to work for an accent wall. Look around your apartment, and you’ll see that there is likely a color scheme you may or may not have consciously created. Choosing a color that is totally outside that palette may create more discord than harmony in your interior design. Then again, with a careful eye, you may discover an unusual color choice is just the right touch for a certain space. Consider visual texture, as well. A stucco technique is a unique approach for an accent wall that can set up a visually-arresting scene.

Do work with your decor
Creating a decor punch doesn’t have to involve a color that screams at you every time you pass by. That said, if you like bold colors, an accent wall can be the place for one. You can use the wall to set off a featured piece of furniture, a striking window treatment, or even the carpet, for instance.

Maybe you’re working with pre-existing colors in your countertop, carpet or wallpaper that you’d like either to counteract or integrate into your apartment’s color scheme. Selecting the right accent wall color can make those unchangeable parts of your decor finally work together — without having to repaint the entire room!

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Don’t go too light
Remember that “accent” in this case means an attention-getting color. If you choose a shade that is too pastel or neutral, it will be hard to tell that your accent wall is set off from the rest of your wall colors. Go vivid, saturated or simply bright, but make sure that single wall stands out from the rest.

Don’t burden your wall
An accent wall can make a statement in itself, so choose a color that you want to really look at, uncovered and empty. If you decide to hang things on the wall, make them spare and simple. Too much art on an accent wall can make the room feel out of balance, and the wall cluttered.

Do check your lease
Don’t assume that just because you’re happy to repaint the accent wall its original color when you leave your apartment means that your landlord is okay with your decorating plans. Read your lease for any specific language about making changes to your apartment. If you have any doubts, contact your landlord or management company directly to make sure you can paint before you begin.

Read more: Be Aware of Actions That Might Violate Your Lease Agreement

Are you ready to take the plunge? Think of an accent wall as a space to indulge in the rich color the rest of your apartment decor might be missing.

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