In the previous blog, “Something Blue”, I mentioned that you don’t have to paint a wall if you would like to bring in a colour in your space, but what if you feel bold and want to paint an accent wall? Today we will discuss how to choose the correct wall to make as your focus.

We all experience uncertainty when deciding to paint a space. Should I paint the whole space one color? Should I do an accent wall? Which wall should I paint if I need an accent wall? How many walls should I paint? The list of questions can go on forever.

Today’s post is focused on answering all those questions and uncertainties.

1. The accent wall: how will I know which wall is the accent wall? ( the practical way)

There is probably a hundred different ways to choose your accent wall, but the easiest one for me is very simple and something everyone can do. Go to the space you want to paint, but before walking into the space, forget about everything inside the space and how the space looks. Then walk in. The first wall that you notice should be your focus wall/ accent wall.
The reason behind this is that you would like to draw attention to a wall that will compliment your space from the very second you walk in.

2. What other options do I have except for an accent wall?

There is so much more to painting walls than one would think. Our first instinct is always to repaint the same old accent wall. But the fun starts when you can manipulate the space by the way you paint it. For example, you can make a space look larger than it is or make it look smaller by using different painting techniques. The options are endless.

Say for instance you have a small space, you should paint all the walls and ceiling the same color, but in a light neutral tone. This will create the illusion that the space is much bigger than it actually is.
If you have a very large space that feels like the halls in Sound of Music and you would like it to look smaller, you should paint all the walls and ceiling a darker but neutral colour. This will immediately make the space feel smaller than it actually is.

Maybe you have a space that is large enough, but the ceiling feels too low and you would like to create the illusion of a higher ceiling or a bigger volume space, here you should paint the walls a bit darker and leave the ceiling a lighter color.

Reversely, if the space is big enough but your ceiling is too high for your taste, paint all the walls in a light neutral color but give the ceiling a darker colour. This will create the illusion of a dropped ceiling and leave you with the feeling of a lower ceiling.

These tips are just a few basic examples for the decorating magic that can be achieved by using paint in the right way.

Below I have attached a photo I’ve found on Pinterest that visually explains what wall to paint and what effect it gives you.

I hope that this post gives you a better idea of what to do with that magic paint brush we are all dying to use, and the best part is now you won’t need to stand there and go “Inky Pinky Ponky, what wall do I paint”.

Happy painting and enjoy every creative moment with these endless possibilities.

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