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How do you decide on an accent wall when painting?

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I choose to do the wall that had a pocket door in it, and also accented the wall in the next room that was visible through the open pocket door. It depends on your layout. A friend in town accented the far wall of her living room, as seen from the open kitchen. Just pick a wall that makes sense - usually the far wall as seen when you first enter a room, but it can depend on what else is nearby, too.


What colors are you thinking off for the walls? Are the three other walls navy blue? So your accent would be a lighter blue, or gold, or ???

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as you enter the room from the kitchen, the far wall has an outside entry door on it as well as a doorway to the master bedroom. The wall to the right is an outside wall with a large 84 X 72 inch window, the wall to the left has a pocket door that goes into the school room, and the wall with the entry to the kitchen has that doorway and is where our entertainment center is.


Does any of that make sense?


As you enter the room from the kitchen, in the far left corner (that shares the wall with our school room, we are putting in a wood stove. Dh just ripped out a very old (100 years?) masonary fireplace that had been plastered over. All that is gone and will be drywalled, and then the masonary pad will go down for the stove to sit on.


The room is khaki with white trim. We have navy and khaki couches and the stove, from Vermont Castings, is going to be midnight blue. We have a large photograph with a navy boarder of Mount McKinnley as the focal piece of art.


I was thinking of leaving 3 walls khaki and doing one wall navy.


So, if you followed all that, which wall? Thanks.

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Every room should have a focal point, or something that draws the eye into the room - the main thing that you see when you walk in. The accent wall should be the wall that has that focal point.


Complimentary colors are the colors across the color wheel from each other. Here are the basic ones: red and green, yellow and purple, blue and orange. You'll notice that these are combinations of warm and cool colors. Don't be turned off by these basic combinations, you can use variations of them. For instance your navy blue goes beautifully with rusts and browns - a variation of orange.


Remember that colors in various shades work well together, for instance you don't have to use a vibrant or dark shade of a color necessarily. You could choose a pastel shade if you want to. Yellow can also be translated to gold; green to olive or sage; red to burgundy or pink, etc.


This is just a start. You can also use neutrals combined with a limited color palette.


Hope this helps.




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The wall that is (or that you want to be) the focal point should be the accent wall. Is there a wall with a fireplace? That might be it. A wall you see when you come in the main entrance to the room? That might be it. Or a wall that you just want to draw attention to could also be it.


Do you wish to go monochromatic? So perhaps a lighter blue than navy? Or do you want to contrast with something brighter, perhaps a blue-green or a yellow? There are a lot of choices! Choose what you like and what you also have other accents of around your room! So what are some of your accent colors that you already are using? That might be a way to go with the accent wall, too....

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