How To Choose an Accent Color for Your Walls

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Picking a color palette for your room can be difficult and a little bewildering. There are seemingly infinite shades of colors, so how do you choose one color for your room, let alone two or three for accent colors?

Luckily, choosing an accent color doesn’t have to be an enormous pain! Using some basic tips, you can easily choose a color that will work great in your space.

Take Advantage of Basic Color Psychology

Dark colors make walls seem closer, and light colors will make it look further away, and your accent wall placement and color can take advantage of these optical illusions to make a space feel either bigger or smaller.

When you’re choosing your accent color, consider painting the furthest wall from the door a lighter color to make a room seem longer. Or, paint a wall in a corner a darker color to give the room a cozy, architectural effect.

Find out how the room color you choose can affect your mood here.

Consider the Function of the Room

When you’re choosing any wall color, you want to consider the effect that color has on the human brain. Certain colors evoke certain moods, so you can enhance a room by choosing an accent color that harmonizes with the intent of the space. For example, soothing blue colors work beautifully in bathrooms and bedrooms, whereas energizing red lends itself well to kitchens.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Go Bright

Because they take up less wall space than the room’s dominant color, accent walls can be a bold color without dominating a space. If you have a strong color that you love but you’re scared to paint a whole room, accent walls are a perfect middle ground.

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Neutral Accent Walls Look Great Too

Your accent wall color doesn’t have to be bright to be an accentuate a space. Accent walls can be just a few shades lighter or darker than your main color to give the room more dimension and depth. An easy shortcut for adding a bolder color without adding a super bold design element is to increase the pigment density of your main wall color and use it as an accent color.

Here's how to pick the perfect neutral paint color.

Look Among the Things You Already Own

A good place to look for an accent color is in the items you already own. If you have a lot of green accessories and accents in your space, then a green accent wall would really tie the room together. If you examine the things you already know you love, you’ll be able to see what colors you may be drawn to.

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Don’t Forget the Ceiling

Remember that the ceiling of the room can be an accent wall! Painted ceilings look great and give an intimate feeling to a room. It’s also a fun and modern design choice that isn’t too trendy.

Feeling daunted? The Color Monarch tool makes choosing an accent color fun and easy. Pull colors from photos of your actual space and easily generate a color scheme that works for you. Give it a try here, and then make your paint choice using some of the advice above!

Discover the perfect accent paint color for your walls!