Colour plays such an important role when setting the stage for your home’s interior design. From lamps and accent pillows to the colour of your walls, there are many ways to add in trendy colours without breaking the bank.
One way to make a big impression with colour is to use an accent wall. It’s an easy project for any weekend warrior with a bit of advice to get you started.
We love these simple step-by-step instructions from PPG Paints that will help you create a beautiful accent wall in your home.
Step 1 – Pick a Wall
An accent wall is a wall painted a different colour from the rest of the room that naturally garners attention. Choosing the right wall will highlight an already prominent feature of the room.
It’s best to select a wall in an open area that has lots of light, either natural or artificial.
The wall that your eye is pulled towards or that has interesting architectural features is especially good.
Step 2 – Choose a Colour
A single accent wall can help tie everything in the house together, if you choose the colour carefully.
Many people like to go with bold colours when making an accent wall; however, almost any contrasting colour will work, so look at your favourite colours to highlight a wall.
If you have minor hints of one colour in the room, like red, adding in that colour as an accent wall is ideal. The entire room will look organized and part of an overall design scheme.
Here are some colour choices that are popular with PPG right now.
Step 3 – Choose a Paint Sheen
Next, think about the kind of paint sheen that you want. Each paint sheen reflects light differently, and you can use that knowledge to set the mood of the room. A subtle eggshell finish can make the entire room feel softer; whereas, shinier surfaces will help add light and make the wall stand out even more.
- Flat indicates the least shine with virtually no shine to the paint and is ideal for walls that won’t require a lot of scrubbing, such as a bedroom, dining room, or living room
- Gloss indicates the most shine and is ideal for areas that might require more scrubbing, such as the bathroom, cabinets, doors, window frames and moulding, or kitchen
- Eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss fall in between flat and gloss; this sheen works well for rooms such as the bedroom, dining room, family room, entryway, and living room
Step 4 – Paint the Wall
Start by taping the edges of the wall you want to paint using masking tape or painter’s tape. You don’t want to paint on any other surface, so it’s a good idea to cover the floor with a tarp.
Cut in a 2–3” area where the wall meets the ceiling and around trim or lighting fixtures using a brush.
Using a brush or roller, fill in the rest of the wall. Make sure the paint is evenly spread. Starting painting from the ceiling down to the floor in long, even motions.
Depending on the colour, you may have to use more than one coat. Be sure to let the paint dry between coats.
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