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How to choose an accent wall?

By Ela Das
8 min read
Sep 20, 2022
Blue textured accent wall designs with a yellow sofa chair - Beautiful Homes

Make a bold design statement with a unique feature wall

The walls in our homes are the best place to echo the styles and home interior design we want for each room. From painting it in a statement colour to displaying a collection of keepsakes across it—there are several ways to style a wall in a unique way. When a wall dictates the theme or aesthetic of a room, it is called an accent wall or a feature wall. But how does one choose the right accent wall design or feature wall design for a room? Here are few things to consider when you choose an accent wall.

1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIDE OF A ROOM FOR AN ACCENT WALL

An accent wall has the potential to immediately brighten up a room, making it look more eye-catching and interesting. When designed correctly, it can visually open up a compact floor plan or help segregate a part of a room. When thinking of accent wall ideas for a home, first choose the correct wall as a starting point. Since this is the first thing one will notice, avoid designing the accent wall in a small, enclosed space or in a room with little to no natural light. This can make a feature wall’s design counterproductive, leaving the space feeling smaller and cramped.

Master bedroom wallpaper accent wall - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

STYLE GUIDE:

 In this bedroom, creating a pattern with two shades of paint not only makes the walls look unique, but also highlights the arch framing the windows. If you’re trying to find the right hue for a room, order a colour catalogue from Asian Paints to physically view a range of shade cards around the light in your room.
 

Living room paint ideas with accent wall - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

2. HOW TO CHOOSE AN ACCENT WALL STYLE THAT WILL WORK WELL IN A ROOM

While an accent wall can bring in colour, texture, print and pattern or even unique materials into a room, how does one decide which decorative wall accents work well for a space? The first thing to consider is the function and size of a room, and the style you’d like to create for it. If you’re thinking of living room paint ideas with an accent wall, you might want to consider something warm and inviting if this is a space you’ll be using to host guests often. If you’re a maximalist, you could also try bright jewel-toned hues for a print on the accent wall in the living room. But, if a space is  smaller, try something more pared down and in a lighter shade to open up the room. You could still add a pattern or texture on the wall with two or more of softer hues.
 

DESIGN TIP:

The simple straight-lined moulding on the wall in this living room creates geometric harmony against the television console that rests in front of it. Paired together, this creates a tasteful timeless design. It’s the perfect idea if you’re looking to use wood for an accent wall.

 

 

3. A FEATURE WALL CAN DICTATE THE COLOUR PALETTE OF A ROOM

Whether you’re creating a dining room wallpaper accent wall, painting an accent wall for the bedroom or looking for accent wall paint ideas for any space, the main thing to consider is the colour it will lend to the room. Since accent wall colours are usually bright, vibrant and eye-catching statement shades, you’ll have to be careful to choose a colour that you’ll feel comfortable living with at all times. You could either pair the rest of the décor in complementing tones or colour block the accent wall colours with a contrasting hue.

Feature wall design for home interiors - Beautiful Homes

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EXPERT EYE:

 Eyeing a bold colour for an accent wall but aren’t sure how to style the rest of the room with it? When you choose an accent wall, allow it to dictate the colour palette of the rest of the décor. It will blend the colour uniformly while also creating balance in the room. A jewel-toned emerald green is displayed on this accent wall in the living room, which is paired with a sofa and pouffe in the same shade. It gives the room a stately sense of glamour. Simple accent pieces in matte metal found on the coffee table, lights and picture frame liven up the room.
 

Pastel accent wall living room with wall panelling - Beautiful Homes

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4. THE BEST DESIGN SERVICE FOR ACCENT WALL PAINT IDEAS

If you can’t zero in on how to choose an accent wall that’s right for your home, your best bet would be relying on an interior design service that can help you along the way. Whether you’re completely clueless about creating an accent wall or have a bunch of ideas that need to be edited to fit your home, a reliable and seasoned designer and contractor can make a world of a difference. While we all dream of a beautiful home, taking time out of our daily schedule and finding the right people to work with is often easier said than done. 

With this thought in mind, India’s largest paint giant Asian Paints created the Beautiful Homes Service. Enlisting expert interior designers, who’ve worked across the length and breadth of the industry, the Beautiful Homes Service takes care of executing every task in your home renovation from start to finish. This ensures a hassle-free and time-saving experience for anyone with a vision to remodel their home (or redesign a particular room) but lacks the time or patience to coordinate and project manage between an army of people required to finish the job.
 

5. WALLPAPER IS THE EASIEST SOLUTION FOR CREATING A STYLISH ACCENT WALL

If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution with a big style impact for any room, try updating a wall with a uniquely patterned wallpaper. From wall accents for a living room to bringing in vibrant prints in the bedroom—a wallpaper is a clever tool for creating an accent wall. Looking for the perfect wallpaper for your living room? We love Asian Paints’ range of chic and timeless wall coverings that span from a range by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee to décor label Good Earth. There’s even a collection of decal stickers by Disney for the little ones!

 

STYLE TIP:

In this master bedroom with a wallpaper accent wall, we find an overarching emerald green hue serving as the room’s colour palette. While an otherwise single coloured wall would look monotonous, the circular pattern in the wallpaper makes the accent wall in the bedroom more dynamic.

Green accent wall for bedroom with traditional interiors - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

 

 

Wood accent wall designs with TV console - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

6. USE UNIQUE MATERIALS TO CREATE AN ACCENT WALL

Since an accent wall is meant to be the most striking feature in a room, using unusual materials for it will make it even more visually intriguing. The materials you choose for the accent wall can also bring in a theme or aesthetic within the room. In this living room, a row of wooden slats creates a unique wood accent wall. What is interesting is the exposed concrete wall panel that’s been placed in front of it. Paired together and with plants, it gives the room an earthy, nature-inspired charm.

 

 

7. PAINT A SIMPLE PATTERN FOR A DYNAMIC ACCENT WALL

If you’re not keen on bringing in prints or patterns in your décor, but want to create a striking feature wall in your home, try painting in an interesting texture instead. By using different tools to create movements or designs within a single colour of paint, you can create a more dynamic and lively accent wall. It also makes the space look less empty if you don’t like hanging too many things on the wall.

 

STYLE TIP:

 A simple line of swirls running across this living room wall gives it more depth and a whimsical charm.

Blue textured accent wall designs with a yellow sofa chair - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

 

 

Patterned wall accents for living room - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Beautiful Homes Services

8. STYLE AN ACCENT WALL WITH THE RIGHT DÉCOR PIECES

Styling a room can be a tricky, and you’ll need the right décor pieces to tie the entire space together. If you’re working with an accent wall in any room, you may be wondering how to complement the rest of the rooms furnishings and accessories with it. To discover an interesting range of well-designed home products under one roof, step in to an AP Homes store in your city. With a curation of products and solutions from a family of brands, AP Homes is your one-stop shop to create a home or space that tells your unique story. Whether you’re looking to quickly spruce up your home with a few décor updates or undertake an entire renovation, AP Homes houses everything from furniture and furnishings to fixtures and home automation solutions.

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