Make a statement with an accent
July 08, 2014 at 4:52 PM
If you want to jazz up your shop or office without spending a lot of money, one of the best options available is to create an accent wall. Accented walls are a popular method to liven up a room, because they’re effective as well as inexpensive.
The idea behind accented walls is to choose just one wall, and then transform it in a creative way to add interest to a room. This can be done with clever paints, bold textures, or lively patterns. Your accented wall will become a talking point that provides a sharp contrast with the rest of the room.
What this means, of course, is that it’s very important to choose the right wall to accent - don’t just choose any old arbitrary wall! It seems like good common sense, but what people often forget is that the wall that gets accented should be the one that you really want to highlight. Ask yourself what you want your accented wall to say - what makes this particular wall so special?
There aren’t always hard and fast rules when it comes to interior design. But when designing an accented wall, there are definitely a few rules to follow if you want to create a beautiful space and not a beautiful mess.
Strengthen the status quo
The architecture of your office should guide your decision. If there is already a wall that stands out in the office, then it’s a pretty safe bet that you should accent that one. After all, if you choose to accent a different wall then you’ll end up with two competing looks – and that’s a lot for the eye to take in!
There is an almost baffling array of colours that are open to you if you want to paint an accented wall. From hues of mint and lemon, to mauve, beige and cream – the list is truly endless. Needless to say, it is essential that you choose just the right one for your unique space. The shade needs to liven up with room without being too overwhelming or conflicting with the other décor.
But from there, the choice is entirely up to you! Would you like to make a bold statement with opposing colours in the colour spectrum (like a cool navy and warm orange)? Or you may choose a more subtle contrast of colours. If your walls are white then you may want to create a light yellow wall. Consider your company colours as well. Could you paint one of those colours onto your accented wall?
Remember to paint only one wall, as doing more than that will probably be too visually imposing. You have five areas to choose from though - four walls and the ceiling. So consider which you’d best like to see brighten your space.
A textured wall can mean many things. You can create texture by hanging items on your accented wall, or layers of paint or fabric wallpaper can be applied to a wall in order to give a uniquely textured impression. Texture gives the visual appearance of taking up a bit of room though, so it’s especially important that you only choose one wall to emphasize.
If you want to hang something on your feature wall, then the sky (or ceiling) is the limit. You may feature one big statement piece, like a deer’s head, or you could showcase a patterned set of items, such as a series of framed paintings. Have fun with it, and if you have any questions, then feel free to ask us!