Please Do It Right, or Don’t Do It At All – The Accent Wall

Seems to me that many people just can’t get enough of the “accent wall.”   Let’s discuss.


I’m certainly not against having an accent wall, but you need to think about why you want one.  Sometimes I think people are too scared to paint the entire room the color they really love.  So they paint some wimpy neutral, then paint one wall the color they really wanted.


It never ceases to amaze me just which wall people will choose to accent.  To accent is to draw attention to one thing – one wall, right?  So make sure you accent the right wall.  Why is this wall accented, anyway?


Ignoring the architecture is always a mistake.  Let your architecture be your guide – which wall deserves to be accented?  The one with interesting architecture, of course.  Remember this room?  A team of designers created it on HGTV’s Design Star the year Antonio won.  Guess what – they accented the WRONG wall, in my humble opinion.   The fireplace should have been the wall that was accented.  So sorry, Antonio, but I did like the hot pink geese.



Don’t be arbitrary with your paint.  Some of the right places for an accent wall include a fireplace wall, the wall that anchors your bed, an interesting nook, or a bookcase wall.


 So, share with me your thoughts about the ever-popular accent wall.  Or, ask me a question and I’ll try to help you decide just which wall you should be accenting!  For more advice on just the right color placement, read my post on painting trim vs. drywall here.

(Update:  since the writing of this article, I posted  The Right Wall to Paint an Accent Color and  Accent Wall Alert – Don’t Make This Mistake!  Make sure you check them out.)

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291 thoughts on “Please Do It Right, or Don’t Do It At All – The Accent Wall

  1. Dianne Tant says:

    I love your term “wimpy neutral”! ha I saw that episode with Antionia…but I did not like the pink geese…however…that is what made him win that time…now he has his own show

  2. Naturally Carol says:

    I so agree with you about the accent wall…those pink geese would have looked amazing on the dark brown and they and the fireplace would automatically pull you into their warmth. The navy wall and bookcase are great in that bedroom.

  3. Kelly, Restyling Home by Kelly says:

    I so agree with everything you said! Also, a lot of people will ask for an accent wall when their room is just too small to have an odd painted wall. I love, love that last picture! Do you know what color blue that is? Love the painted flower. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing- great post!

  4. [email protected] says:

    I totally agree…it has to be done correctly for it to work! I have friend who keeps on telling me he wants to do an accent wall of orange, but he always points to the wrong wall. Guess which wall I tell him would be best…yup the fireplace wall! I like it used a little bit, as an entire home with just accent walls looks a little too much to me. Have an awesome week!

  5. ehalvey says:

    Not sure what that whole HGTV room looks like, but to me, in that photo, the white wall looks like the accent wall. It makes the fireplace stand out as the black wall recedes. Now if it was a different photo with all white walls except the back wall, I might think otherwise.

    I think accent walls only work if you have no architectural details. Accent wall in a Craftsman bungalow looks weird, accent wall in a giant McMansion works since there’s nothing else working as an accent.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      erin, the accent wall in the hgtv room is a dark purple and the rest of the walls are white. i have to disagree about the mcmansions and the accent wall. i think that is where it is terribly misused, by and large. even though it may seem like there are no architectural details in most mcmansions, it’s important to either define the focal wall or a symmetrical wall (one with symmetrical windows or other features) to make the “accent wall.” i find that even in contemporary spaces, there is architectural detail – the problem is that it is usually all swathed in white, so it’s difficult to notice. Like how columns are often painted the same as the wall color, rather than making it look more architectural by painting it out like trim. i agree that a typical accent walls look weird in a Craftsman bungalow, but it looks great when a plastered chimney or back of a bookcase is painted out an accent color.

  6. mistybrooke05 says:

    I have an accent wall in my bedroom. I have 3 light grey walls with a yellow accent wall behind my platform bed. I think it looks great! However, I don’t like when people choose to use accent walls in every room. It takes away from the whole idea or point of it and where I live it became more of a trend. It’s supposed to be an accent, it’s supposed to be special, unique even…so it should be done sparingly.

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  8. Crystal says:

    The wall id like to paint as the accent wall (the one our couch sits against) is oddly connected to the kitchen… how do you decide where to end the color?

    Also, in a small apartment is it smarter to choose a vibrant accent wall or paint the entire living area a more calm version of the color I love? Im afraid a vibrant hue will overwhelm our small space!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      if the wall is oddly connected to anything, it might not be the best choice for an accent wall. usually the perfect accent wall in any room is . . . the ceiling! why not paint the walls a nice neutral and put the color on the ceiling? that’s what i’m seeing in lots of the high-end new construction. it’s actually more subtle than you might imagine – even a darker tone can visually lift the ceiling (dark colors appear to recede).

  9. Lili @ Relatable Style says:

    That was my first thought, too: They accented the wrong wall! They probably thought the dark color would make this wall stand back and let the white shine, but… No. It doesn’t.

    In other news, I just found your blog and I think it’s great! Cool resource for my upcoming move and redecoration 😀

    Relatable Style

  10. Nicole says:

    Hi – I’m thinking of painting a bavy accent wall in my 2yr old son’s room. I was going to do the windowless/doorless wall that his headboard will be up against. This is his bedding, and he will have espresso furniture: Any suggestions for what color navy? I’m going to be using Benjamin Moore paint. Also, what color would you paint the other three walls (we have “white dove” Benjamin Moore woodwork). Thanks!

  11. Nicole says:

    Hi – I’m thinking of painting a navy accent wall in my 2yr old son’s room. I was going to do the windowless/doorless wall that his headboard will be up against. This is his bedding, and he will have espresso furniture: Any suggestions for what color navy? I’m going to be using Benjamin Moore paint. Also, what color would you paint the other three walls (we have “white dove” Benjamin Moore woodwork). Thanks!

  12. Dominique says:

    Hello there,

    I really like the wall decal on the photo with the grey and blue accent wall. I wanted to know if you could tell me where I can get that exact one please I would greatly appreciate it. I am actually trying to do something similar to the wonderful idea you have up there.

  13. surf hag says:

    We are painting our daughters room. we are choosing a teal hue and also an off white hue. We are going to use the teal behind her queen size bed with headboard that also has a window on the same wall. My husband disagrees with us here. We want to also paint teal on the wall that has the closet door too. He thinks we should only have 1 accent wall. We think the two smaller walls should have the color and the other two walls in the off white. What is the rule here?
    fyi, the room is an 11x 10″ room with the 11′ wall being off white, as well as the wall with the entry door being off white.
    Thank you for your advice.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Well, there are no real rules, but I have never recommended doing 2 walls in an accent color. If you do half the walls, it’s no longer an “accent.” If you want to do 2 walls, why not just paint the entire room in that color? Don’t be scared! Otherwise, pick the wall you want to accent (one wall) – the one with the bed. Hope that helps!

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  15. Lori says:

    We are painting our master bedroom, which is a long room with eaves and a small craftsman-style lead-glass window on the far end of the room, above the bed. The previous owner painted the room stark white; ceiling, eaves and the short walls. I would like the room to be gray and navy. The wall that I would like to accent is the wall with the bed and window (because of the eaves it is the shape of home plate) Would that be appropriate to paint the wall navy, and the short walls and ceiling/ eaves gray? Or, would that be too busy because of the architecture, and I should just paint the entire thing gray, and have navy bedding, etc. ?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Well, it wouldn’t be bad unless the room is long and thin – it might accentuate that even further. I think I’d choose a great warm gray for the walls and do navy for your fabrics/accents.

  16. ms checko says:

    My son wants to paint his room a bright blue but has this obsession with doing an accent wall. What is your opinion on doing sort of a reverse accent wall? There will be three bright blue walls and one “wimpy neutral” white wall (or another color if you have any suggestions…we aren’t sure on the color of this wall) where the bed is going to be. Any info would be appreciated!!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Hmmm, I don’t think I’d do the wimpy white wall unless I had some fantastic art to put on that wall. How about a red or dark gray to go with that bright blue? I think something with a similar intensity would be a better bet.

      • ms checko says:

        The wimpy white wall was actually being used for random quotes in a similar blue color but he does not know this yet. I have just told him I have something to put on the wall that represents his personality. I’m worried if I go with another intense color it will take away from the quotes.

  17. Tricia says:

    I live in a small condo where the dining room and living room share one big space on the first floor. You enter into a small hallway from the front door. The hallway opens into the dining/living room area. I want to color all the walls asparagus green (BEHR paints), but am wondering if I should have an accent wall. If so I am not sure which wall to pick…since there are no seemingly interesting features in any of the walls. There is one huge blank wall that connects both the dining and living room area. Please advise.

    Going with asparagus green for the downstairs bedroom would also like suggestions on what to color the stairwell wall which is to the right of the small hallway. The stairs lead to a hallway upstairs.
    I am also wondering if I should color the stairwell wall and the upstairs hallway the same color, since one does lead into the other.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      I’m not familiar with Behr colors (I primarily specify Ben Moore and Sherwin Williams). Only do an accent wall if there is something architectural you want to highlight, otherwise it’s pointless. I mean, what’s the point? Colors that might pair nicely with an asparagus green could be a vivid yellow (not buttery) or a blue on the green side.

  18. Tricia says:

    I live in a small condo where the dining room and living room share one big space on the first floor. You enter into a small hallway from the front door. The hallway opens into the dining/living room area. I want to color all the walls asparagus green (BEHR paints), but am wondering if I should have an accent wall. If so I am not sure which wall to pick…since there are no seemingly interesting features in any of the walls. There is one huge blank wall that connects both the dining and living room area. Please advise.

    Going with asparagus green for the downstairs dining/living area would also like suggestions on what to color the stairwell wall which is to the right of the small hallway. The stairs lead to a hallway upstairs.
    I am also wondering if I should color the stairwell wall and the upstairs hallway the same color, since one does lead into the other.

  19. harinii says:

    Hi. That was a nice piece and something I’m very interested in at the moment. We just bought a house and neither my husband nor I fancy ourselves as interior designers. But the idea of accent walls really caught our attention. The previous owners of our house painted it a darker tone of butter yellow (if that’s imaginable!), but half of 1 wall has been painted to resemble red bricks in a country house. Now, we love the red brick bit. But we hate the yellow. Is there a light colour that would go with red brick?

  20. lolalola28 says:

    Hi there! I wish I could send pics, however I’ll attempt to describe my bedroom as best as possible.

    Room size is 10 x 13 with a vaulted ceiling. The door is to the left of the room, as you walk in. The wall directly across from the door is window wall which is where my bed is placed. Wall to left is empty, while wall on right of room has built in storage, TV and closet. Highest point of vault ceiling is wall above door.

    I’d like to do an accent wall with some sort of cool, interesting wallpaper. Although the wall with window/bed seems to be the “correct” wall to do this, the wall to left has the vault that goes up to ceiling and seems like it would be an interesting choice. I might also consider installing a floating fireplace here. Help! Thoughts?

  21. Lisa says:

    can you tell me what colors are used in bedroom looks like dark blue and gray love them what to paint my bedroom that cant find names of colors.
    thank you Lisa

  22. Kellie says:

    We have a very small house and I would like to paint my very small living room and maybe into the hall. My question is would it look weird to go from a red kitchen to a darker neutral color in the hall and living room? My bathroom is also painted a neutral color but it won’t be the same as the living room/hall. We just bought a new couch and it is a soft camel color. OR should I just do an accent wall where my fireplace is and do it a darker more brown color or I have some red left over form my kitchen. I just don’t know how to make the rooms flow into each other. You can’t see the kitchen form the loving room. Please help!!!

  23. Christine says:

    Hi: First, please think of ALL the pictures here as BEFORE. There are many things to work on so am looking for your honest feedback, but first, re accent wall. I was thinking of painting my long window wall and accent wall, perhaps with a circle geometric pattern I saw, as well as the small wall opposite (which is not pictured). Thinking of going deep, deep, navy blue. I have silk, ivory-cream curtains that I could hang on that wall, and perhaps even the two windows flanking the bed. One item I intend to purchase this year is an upholstered bed with tufted headboard in a pale fabric.

    You mention that the accent wall should be the bed wall, but am wondering since you walk into the room from the 40ft-long hallway to see the 3-window wall, can an exception be made in this case? I think that a dark color on all 4 walls would be a mistake, but am open to suggestions. I also love the idea of a chandelier over bed to replace ceiling fan. So, please, help, help, help!!!!

  24. Laura says:

    Hello! I am debating an accent wall in my daughter’s room. We were given bedding and curtains that I plan to use (hence no say in the color choice) but am struggling with the color. The colors on the bedding are cream and a dark, rosey pink color – the curtains are Waverly fabric check and the bedding is a toile. I found a color that seems to match well with the dark pink but I think it is too dark for the whole room. There is only one wall with windows so I am thinking of the wall with the windows in the dark pink and the rest in cream (or a light pink). Am I thinking through this correctly? Any ideas? Also if anyone knows a dark rosey pink or cream they love, please tell me!! Thanks for the help!! Laura

  25. Lindsay says:

    We are currently redoing our bedroom and have picked out a bedspread and side table lamps that we love (website for each of those items are attached). I am just stuck on what color to do the accent wall. The wall is on the east side of the house where our headboard and side tables (with lamps) reside. I’d love to hear your input! Thanks!!!|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Lamp%2BShades_4294798238_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=

  26. Glennis says:


    That last design with the blue wall and gray flowers looks amazing!! Would you happen to know that color of blue and where I can get those flower decals or is it hand drawn??

    • Karen says:

      OMG! I just happened to find these conversations and I love Kristie’s advice! My 9 year old daughter is wanting an updated and bigger kid room, and she picked out a loft bed (metal and black). It doesn’t really match anything we have in her room (white shelves, white desk and chair, all traditional sort of even classic kid style furniture.) I figure she will probably change her mind a million times between now and high school, so we got the loft, but kept all the other stuff too. We did her bedding and some accents in zebra print (to help bring some black into the room). It looks great. My question lies in her wall color. Her room is currently a beautiful shade of light lavender (my favorite color purple ever!) She wants to go a little darker purple with (get this) a turquoise (or teal or aqua) accent wall! Can this be done without looking completely hideous??? If it can be done, could you please provide names of paint colors and where to buy them? Please help!!! Thank you!

  27. K says:

    Alright, Kristie, I’ve got a bit of a conundrum I’d like to ask you about—

    I love color and I’m definitely not afraid to use it; but my new apartment has small bedroom, practically no natural light, one wall of smooth-surfaced sliding closet doors, and three terrible popcorn covered walls that I am powerless to do anything about. I got some tall vinyl decals of birch trees (thinking the vertical pattern of the trees would help to visually lift the ceiling), but I can only adhere them to a smooth surface, a.ka. the closet doors…so I’m going to have a big graphic statement on a wall *adjacent* to my bed instead of behind. So, should I paint the wall the headboard is on in an accent color to anchor the bed? Or will it just compete with the decaled wall of closet doors? Is it ever okay to have the accent wall be a wall other than the one on which your headboard sits? Thanks in advance for your advice! 🙂

    • K says:

      Oh! Just to be clear, the birch decals are white, so the closet doors have to be a color that provides some contrast. The wall opposite the bed has a long, awkward window in the corner adjacent to the closets, and my silvery dresser is on that wall. The wall opposite the closets houses my mahogany desk and bright white shelving. My headboard is also mahogany, and I MacGyver-ed some white floating drawers with gray drawer fronts as nightstands. I wanted to do the room in a palette of turquoise, green, gray, and white, but I’ve painted the room twice already and can’t seem to hit the right saturation. So in addition to knowing which wall (if any) to accent with color, I’m also open to suggestions on color. Thanks again!

  28. Kim says:

    Hi! I am having a little bit of a situation! My bedroom currently has one wall with sliding doors on to the balcony, and the opposite wall is all closet doors. I want to do an accent wall because my walls are all white and the room doesn’t feel warm enough – but I want to paint the wall opposite my bed because it is a longer wall! Is this a silly idea? Everything I have read has said the wall behind your bed should be the accent wall, but then I’d still be stuck with a big white wall opposite… Any ideas?

  29. Christina says:

    WOW, I know what I like when I see it…! Great advice style you have, Ms. Barnett. I have a 9X13 room, and have chosen BM Ashley Gray. Having a bit of the whimpy issue, only because I’m not sure if that room is too small for that dark (ish) color. There is a wall with an inset window at far (short) end that would make a great accent wall i.e., it takes the room back making it bigger, not narrower, and accentuates the window. I’ve invested in the whole gallon, so should I just paint it all, or seriously consider leaving accent, based on size of room, and possibility it will look cave -like with all walls Ashley Gray? Actually, there are three windows…so…dark paint on all walls would work fine..

  30. Barbara says:

    HI I am moving into a house and I need to paint 3 bedrooms, hallway living room and dining room and I need ideas. i am not sure if I want an accent wall or not but I do need color ideas so can you please help me?

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  33. Annushka says:

    Hi we live in Amsterdam and are currently decorating our open plan lounge / kitchen at the moment. We are ‘zoning’ the lounge and kitchen by painting the kitchen green (our units are grey) and the lounge beige. I would also like to accent the alcove where the tv is and am considering wallpapering it. Is this a terrible idea?

  34. Afrah says:

    I am planning to paint the wall behind my queen bed as accent wall,but I dont know what will be the best colour.Our bedroom is pale cream yellow color(this what I think?). our furniture is brown red tone.So please help me.What is the best colour?.Thank you

  35. Amanda Ott says:

    So we have a large vaulted ceiling in our living room…maybe 20 ft. The living room is a rectangle. On one end of the rectangle is a wall of windows with a fireplace. The other end connects the room to the rest of the house/foyer and staircase upstairs. Couch and nice art on one side of rectangle and tv on other…from your article…I’m guessing you would tell me to paint all my walls grayish blue rather than an accent because my window wall is my accent wall….no bright paint needed…right???!!!

  36. Michelle says:

    I want to paint an accent wall to draw attention to a beautiful, large, black and white framed photo of hubby and I kissing on beach. I also have the words “Always kiss me goodnight” to put around it. The lettering is in black. I want deep red on the walls. Should I do a neutral accent wall or deep red?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      I think the more important questions should be: which wall are you considering accenting? Is it a true focal point wall? Is it architecturally-significant? Is it symmetrical wall – unless you have a very modern space? And what color are the other walls in the room?

  37. Pam Burden says:

    I’m laying dark greycarpet and painting walls a lighter grey living room and dining room they are together.I want to paint the ceiling a different color they are white now. I have a fireplace and thinking about painting the wall black. I need some help what to do and what not to do!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Since gray is a neutral, you could totally do a “real” color on the ceiling. Not sure about that black wall around the fireplace, would have to see. If you are interested in an online consult, check out my Services tab at the top of the blog.

  38. Jasmine says:

    I am moving into an apartment and I have the option of an accent wall. I was thinking a bold, golden yellow to brighten the apartment. The wall of choice is the that has the balcony & two large windows attached.. thoughts?

  39. Amarili says:

    Hi, I have the smallest of 3 bedrooms in my house and I’m going to use it as an office-type of room as opposed to a bed/guest room. I had it painted a light sandy brown Ralph Lauren textured color for years, and now I chose a Behr color called Malted Milk (or something like that). I love the combo of the colors in the creme family with greys. Call me crazy, but I’m nuts about neutrals! I find them subtle yet elegant and often more powerful statements decor-wise than the pastels or even dark hues, though I love intense color as well. So…accent wall. Should I do one in a smaller room? And if so, which wall? I feel like the wall opposite the window will make the light from outside “lighten” any over-the-top intensity by shining on the accent wall, however you have to step completely into the room to see it. I like the idea of the accent wall being seen in contrast to the lighter color as you walk past the room, in which case it would either be the window wall (only 1), or the wall adjacent to the window which is the only “complete” wall. Wall opposite window has entry door, Wall on other side adjacent to window has closet door. Which do you think would have the best effect? Wall opposite window could also be a “secret surprise” only seen after you’re in the room…HELP! 8)

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Hmmm, what’s the purpose of the accent wall? What are you wanting to accent? If you just want to interject color without doing all the walls, you should consider painting the ceiling in the color instead – the perfect accent wall that evenly distributes the color throughout the room. But don’t do it if you have popcorn or textured ceilings. NOT what you’d want to draw attention to!

  40. Halee says:

    How can I have an accent wall without painting the wall? I have a retro gold couch that I inherited and I am moving into my first apartment. I don’t want to paint something that I will have to restore later. Any suggestions?

  41. CindyLoves2Paint says:

    I love the bedroom with the blue and grey. I am doing my daughters room in those shades, so thanks for the visual!

  42. Julie says:

    I’m reading this and now backpedaling from a decision (and paint I just ordered) for my small bathroom. My house is 77 years old and I’m trying to be brave and “bold”. We have a small “master” bathroom with a tub shower, a built in cabinet that stands between the toilet and pedestal sink. The original tile still “graces” the room…yellow (mustardish, I actually have never found anything paint-wise that matches it) with a black border. I have a darker red, almost burgundy accent. I was planning on painting 2 walls gold and 2 walls in the red. After reading your article, I guess I need to rethink… we’re afraid of too dark (I originally was going red only to be daring) and hence the gold came into play…. It is rectangular and small, window on one short wall, door on the other, tub opposite the built in cabinet.

    Am I making a mistake here?

    Thank you for posting your comments above…this is really helping me as my art is aural, not visual sadly…

      • Julie says:

        hmmm. Now that’s a different take. I’ve been milling over which wall should be the one to be the accent wall…. never thought about making it the ceiling. Will that bring the size down to have the darker color up there? Thanks for your suggestion…going to sleep on it. 🙂

  43. Vicki says:

    OMG – have you met me before? I am sure you must be living in my house – I am that person who wants to paint her bedroom Benjamin Moore’s ‘Caponata’, which is a deep aubergine but hasn’t got the guts to do all four walls….so here I am thinking of an accent wall, googled it and up this article popped. I feel like you have exposed me as the coward that I am!
    But I do have a dilemma and this is the reason for my hesitation. My bedroom is about to be renovated….so a window will be added and an existing one will be made bigger. I will have three nice sized windows in this room when it’s finished. At the moment there is very little light in there since it is north-facing….but my hope is that will change after the renovation because of the added window.
    How do I know if this colour is just too bold/dark for my room, after it’s painted? Please say something to give me the courage to just go for it!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      I think that’s too dark for an entire room, especially if you don’t want a dark room. You could do a light neutral on the walls and that color on the ceiling, but I think I’d recommend you look at some lighter versions of that color, like Mauve Blush 2115-40 for example. Much more livable. Good luck!

      • Vicki says:

        Thank you….sadly I think you’re right, that colour is too dark for all four walls. The colour you suggeted is close to the colour I currently have. I love it, but I fancy a change. Think I’ll go back to the drawing board with a fresh approach and choose a different colour scheme. Thank you

  44. Kate H says:

    I recently moved into a town home in Texas. I’m 22, in medical school, and its my first home, so I have no clue what I’m doing. The living area and bathrooms have stained concrete floors and a stone wall underneath the open bar/counter that looks into the kitchen, all-in-all, its a very “western” feel (I have mixed feelings about it)… But my question is regarding my bedroom. It’s 11.6 x 15 and has tan walls (I’m not sure of the exact color, but I believe its a Benjamin Moore sand color), tan carpeting, a white ceiling, and white crown molding and trim. Theres a small window on the shorter side, while the bathroom and closet are on the opposed shorter side. I have dark wood furniture and would like to paint one of the longer walls. I was thinking an olive color, which would keep within the theme of tans/browns, but I’m afraid that with dark furniture it’ll be too much brown. Like I said, I’m also in medical school and am looking for something calm and tranquil, but still with some color. (sidenote: My childhood home was entirely beige, so I’m really over all the tan.) Seeing that I intend to sell the house in a few years, is it wise to paint the accent wall? What colors would you suggest? Or should I try to use mirrors and bedding to add some dimension and color to the room?

    Thanks so much!

  45. G Moore says:

    On accent walls…decorating office…accenting wall in each space…accent walls depend on space…ie wall facing entry door in hearth room…total 6 spaces…neutral with pencil point, elephant skin, and pretty grape

  46. kel says:

    I want my accent walked to be the wall with the entrance to our living room and also right Across from That the top wall Where the fireplace is, Good idea or too much?

  47. alyssa bajorin says:

    I am trying to figure out whether to do accent wall at the head of my bed in a deep pink or just pain the whole room. Thinking of the color gypsy love by benjamin mo. If ore. Thanks. If it helps at all I am 27 and funky and fun. The rest of my room is white and black with a zebra chair.

    • Bruna says:

      From reading the accent color suggestions it sounds like the bedroom wall to accent is the one behind the bed. However I have a vaulted ceiling and the wall to the right of the bed has 4 large windows and a half moon window on top. It seems like this would be the wall to paint in an accent color due to its architectural interest…. Do you agree? I am planning on adding splashes of grey/blue, tan and dark brown in the decor. I think I’ve decided to paint with bradstreet beige and accent wall in townsend barbor brown. I had toyed with doing the room in a bold color but then realized that I like to change my comfortor alot and would rather have popping colors in the decor…

  48. Tammy says:

    We are redoing our living room. The room is approx. 18×13. On on of the long walls (north wall), there is a sliding door and windows, which is about 9′ wide and centered on that wall. We have a brown sectional that pretty much covers most of the opposite long wall (south wall) and most of the one short wall (west wall). This long wall (south wall) also has the doorway on it. The last short wall (east wall) has our entertainment center which also has a fireplace in it. Right now the east, west and north walls are all an off white color, and the south wall has wallpaper. We would like to use a bolder color of paint, but are not sure if that should be on all walls, or the 3 walls that are white now and paint the other wall a tan color, or should only 1 wall have the deep color? We are decorator dummies!! HELP!!!!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      If you use a bolder accent color, you should accent the wall that is the focal point – like the fireplace wall. But it sounds to me like you should paint all the walls in one color, maybe not a completely neutral color, but not a bold color either. Something like a superneutral – a blue, green, or yellow color that is muted down so that it works like a neutral.

  49. Kelly says:

    Hi there! I know I am a little late to this post, but hoping someone can help me…
    We just moved into our “new” house (new to us). It’s a 1970’s ranch home that is BEGGING to be updated! However, with a baby on the way I am thinking that it’s only getting paint for now…
    I would like to paint the wall that our fireplace is on in an “accent color.” However, the fireplace is a 1970’s red brick (UGLY!) and so we are going to paint it a white color. I am worried that if I choose a too bold color that it will make the fireplace look hideous….any suggestions or would you recommend that I go with a more neutral color for the whole room and skip the accent altogether?!?!?!? Thanks! 🙂

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      It depends on what else (in terms of color) will be in the room. If you have a lot of color in your furnishings or accents, go with a nice updated neutral on the walls. If your furnishings are neutral, choose a favorite color and mute it down bigtime, then put that on your walls. I love the idea of painting your fireplace white, just make sure you paint it the same white as your trim so that it ties in.

  50. Cassie says:

    I have a 9×9 bedroom. The theme is damask and yellow. The only wall I can paint is this very plain wall on the left side. If I paint it, should I paint it soft yellow? Or should I just put a tapery up? I am planning to make it a reading corner.

  51. Serina says:

    Hi! There is so much good information here. I have a question regarding bed placement and the use of an accent wall in my master bedroom if you don’t mind answering when you get a chance. My bedroom is a rectangle, with my bed against one of the short walls (the wall to the right side of the room as you walk in) and I have a large picture window on the long wall across from the door as you walk in. Ideally I would like to have the bed placed center, across the door,under the large picture window, but that doesn’t leave much room surrounding the bed for my dresser, etc. So my question is, should the accent wall in a bedroom always be the wall that the head of the bed is against, or can it be another wall in the room? I feel like the picture window wall should be accented, but am fighting with whether or not it would be the right/wrong wall to accent. Thank you in advance!!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      If possible, I’d put the bed centered on that window. Then you could paint that wall your accent color. Although it seems like you wouldn’t have enough room for your other furniture, have you actually tried it yet? You might be surprised.

  52. Lauren says:

    I am having trouble deciding what wall i want to paint grey. I have a small rectangular room with 2 adjoining walls bare, one with 2 windows and the other with the bedroom door entrance and a closet door. I have an attached loft, which is just a ladder to a small part of the attic that is finished, where my bed is. I was thinking one of the bare walls just because my room is so small and i feel like painting one of the walls with the doors or windows would make it feel off balanced but let me know what you think

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Why not paint the whole room a light gray? It doesn’t sound like there is a particular wall that should be accented, so why not paint all of them? Gray is neutral anyway. Just make sure you choose a gray with the undertone you prefer (grays can have undertones of purple, blue, green, or brown).

  53. brenda says:

    OK, I’m really glad I found this page. At the current moment I have just taped off a wall in my bedroom so that I can do an accent wall….paint can is in there, brush and roller ready to go….now, I’m really not so sure. I live in a big, about 40 year old house and we only moved in about 6 months ago. It’s the first house I’ve ever owned so the first house I’ve ever been able to paint anything but white. My kids chose wild kid/teenager colors for their rooms and I’m fine with that. Most of the main living areas of the house are BM sundial and BM boardwalk. Honestly, I really “wanted” to go a little darker/bolder but was scared in case it was too dark…plus we had a lady from the paint store do a walk through and she told us that the house was “dark” and that we needed to stick to lighter colors.

    My bedroom is a light grey color. The window is on the right wall when you walk into the room and that wall has kind of a built in valance over the window. The bed is against the wall straight ahead of you when you walk into the room. This is the wall that I was going to paint in an accent color.

    My curtains are dark brown and this is my duvet cover

    I was going to paint the wall with the headboard against it in Jeff’s Java 8653 by Cloverdale Paint.

    Your thoughts?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      It looks like brown on brown on gray. Why no color? If you want to accent a wall, sounds like you’ve chosen the right one, but I’m not seeing any tie-in with the existing gray walls. I’d try to do that with something else in the room if possible.

  54. Della says:

    I’m so conflicted after reading this article. We have a door that leads to the back yard on the same wall with a huge brick fireplace and then a long window. It leaves very little wall to paint. Normally, this should be the accent wall if I’m reading correctly. But, I want to paint a wall that opens to the dining area and it may be a better accent wall because it’s architecturally strange. It’s longer than the other room walls because it leads into 2 hallways and I’m finally planning on putting our tv on that wall, so we will be facing it-seating each side of the fireplace which is the wall across from my tv/accent wall that I was going to paint. I was hoping you could give an opinion if you think this would be okay. This wall also has a small “window” to see into the kitchen. If you think this is an okay wall to paint as the accent then I have another question. The opening to the dining room is not a door way, the ceiling from the living room leads into the dining room. This tv/accent wall picks up again for maybe 2 ft leading to adjoining the next living room wall/corner. Should I paint that 2 ft of wall, also?

    Great article. I’ve seen this done wrong and I hope I’ve supplied enough info to get an idea if it will work where I want to put my dark color. Thanks for the info and I hope you can help me a little more. Right now I’m questioning myself.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      The description you gave is difficult to follow, but it sounds like you are thinking about accented walls that are “architecturally strange.” Accenting that wall is just going to draw more attention to it, which is NOT what I would recommend! It sounds like you are just looking for a wall to “accent” rather than focusing on a wall color that you will like on ALL the walls. I think that’s where your focus should be.

  55. Vendy says:

    My kitchen has 3 walls, because one side opens into a great room. I just redid two of them with funky fun colors and designs. Avocado (the inside) green waynes coating bottom 2/3 and a bamboo brown on top. On the bamboo brown I put an oval pattern across the top in dark brown teal and a light blue that matches. I make curtains that match the teal (very cute with a ruffle)
    The third wall I painted years ago in a dark red (burnished mahogany). I have tried to live with it because my hubby doesn’t want to paint it. I need to though. I was thinking Benjamin Moores Amherst Gray. The teal and blue ovals have gray undertones and I think it would go good with the browns too. Your thoughts?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      I think gray might be a good choice, however, Amherst Gray has a green undertone and you have lots of blues in the room. You should choose a gray with a blue undertone (Wickham Gray, Stonington Gray, Gray Owl to name a few). Good luck!

  56. Nikki says:

    We want to paint an accent wall in our bedroom, but weren’t sure which wall to choose. It’s either the wall behind our bed or the wall with the window that has an amazing view of a river and a mountainside.

  57. Melissa says:

    Kristie, I love your website! Thanks for the inspiration. We are purchasing a new home with white walls. Most of the house will be easy to paint and we can determine accent walls by room if needed with the exception of our entry room which contains the formal living room on the left (20ft to ceiling), oak stained stairs in the middle leading up to a loft and a formal dining room (8ft h). We were initially thinking of doing blue on all walls and do lots of white trim but there are many windows which will alter the natural light and as a result may look too dark. So our next thought was to do the predictable things and paint a taupe color on all walls and only paint the dining room walls in the blue and then just use a lot of blue accessories and big painting/rug within living area. We just don’t want to do the safe thing because it is safe. We have given this way more thought than necessary. We would be willing to experiment but not with walls 20ft high. Any suggestions/thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Why not do a light grayed-blue, then you can layer in darker variations of blue in the room. And maybe a darker blue in the dining room? Benjamin Moore’s Gray Cashmere or Gray Wisp, maybe?

  58. Cel says:

    Great post and resource for tips!!
    I am looking to do an accent wall in my apartment. I was originally thinking of doing my bedroom wall at the head of the bed, but I have a lowered ceiling around the perimeter of half the room (including above the suggested wall), so can I still do the accent wall? Does a bulk head/lowered ceiling qualify as interesting architecture in the wall?
    There is a similar lowered ceiling dividing my kitchen and dining/living room. Does it ever make sense to paint the bulk head a different color? The rest of my ceiling is popcorn, so ceiling painting is otherwise not an option.
    I would love to hear your thoughts, so let me know!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      I think you could effectively accent the wall your bed is on. I don’t think I’d paint the bulkhead a different color, as that would draw your eyes up to your popcorn ceiling, which you don’t want to do!

  59. Angela says:

    I just bought a home and I’m turning a bedroom into an office. The room is fairly small with a window and large sliding mirror closet doors. I was thinking about doing an accent wall, but am having trouble deciding which 3 walls to cover. I was thinking about doing the wall with the window (you can view this wall from the hallway). Would that be a good option?

  60. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the post with the picts! We just bought a house and are planning on painting soon. We have one wall in our living room that has a sliding glass door, built in bookshelves AND a fireplace. Is that wall too busy to make the accent wall? One of the other walls has a window and a office desk (also the wall you see first when you come in the room). Another wall has just the couch. Any ideas? Thanks again!

  61. Tiffany says:

    Hello! Just had a quick question ….I’m trying to figure out which accent wall to paint in my living room. Here’s the visual. As soon as you walk in the front door there’s a wall to the left (TV is located) ,wall on the right, (sectional) ,and opposite the front door, is the doorway to the kitchen…there’s also a closet on this wall on the far left side…it has a brown door on it. I’ve read so many different things about choosing an accent wall…now I’m just confused! Lol. Help please ..PS. the chosen color is a blue grey, other walls are an ivory color. Thanks!

  62. edita says:

    Hey Kristie!
    Great article! Thank you for sharing this with us!
    I am thinking about painting a master-bedroom wall that anchors my bed into dark grey-brown. (Other walls are in Benjamin Moore’s oc-32: tapestry beige (GREY undertones).
    I am a little hesitant to do it since against the wall that anchors bed there are mirrored-closets… Not sure how that will make the room feel like… Too closed up because of the reflection of the dark color? The room is really low-light by itself, I am afraid to make it darker…

  63. Denise says:


    I just have a question….I am planning to do an accent wall but my sister suggested that I put the colour in two places. I don’t think that I have seen this before. In the livingroom, there is the wall that I want to accent with a large clock and TV stand with TV of course…I will be fixing up this area. My couch is across from this wall against another one and she is suggesting that I also paint the wall with the 3 seated couch? She thinks that it will be different?? There is a large window to the right side separating these walls. Hopefully I described this well enough for you. Thanks for your help.

  64. Nikki says:


    So I was really interested in accenting my wall and I feel like I’ve accent the wrong one now. My room is a square and my bed rests in front of a large window, the wall opposite from that is the one that I chose to accent it has an entry way to the bathroom, the outside of the room, and a flat screen on the wall. The wall is lovely lilac by valspar. I was thinking maybe I could also paint the wall across from the accented one but I didn’t want it to look weird, what do you think? The rest of the walls are linen white by Behr, and if I do the one opposite to the accent then the two side ones and the ceiling will be the only ones in linen white. I’m not sure if this could look good. My bed is placed opposite of the current accent wall :/.
    Thanks much!

  65. N says:

    Hi! What do you think of painting two joining walls in a bedroom the same colour (Benjamin Moore Schooner) and the other 2 an off white the same as the ceiling and trim? Too much? Thanks!

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  67. Dai says:


    I picked magic spell blue for my small rectangular office. I would like to know if I should paint the whole room this color (I already bought the paint) or should I just paint the two longest walls and leave the shortest walls (one with a window other with door and closet) white to make it look big, calming, and reflecting light??

  68. Yivo says:

    My husband and I cant agree on which wall(s) to paint with the accent color. We want just one or two walls painted because the kitchen doesnt get a lot of sunlight so we dont want it too dark (we selected satchel by BM). I think we should paint the back wall (first wall you see when walk in, with cabinets, sink, backsplash, window). My husband thinks this will make the room look smaller because the wall will come at you. His suggestion is to paint the two side walls to create “tunnel vision”. What do we do??

  69. Steph says:

    Hi! I have a very open floor plan and am considering an accent wall in my family room which has high ceilings. You see the fireplace wall that has lots of windows when you walk in the front door, so I assume this should be my accent wall? Or another wall in the room has huge built in bookcases where the TV goes and this wall vaults up toward the staircase. Which wall do I accent? Right now the walls are painted SW Latte and a decorator suggested SW Decorous Amber on the accent wall. What do you think? Thanks!

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  72. Mary says:

    Hi Kristie! I’ve become obsessed with your blog, and I’m trying to incorporate your guidelines for a better looking home.
    Recently I got married and moved into my new home in which my husband was already living in. He, as you mention in some posts, likes white all around and wood in it’s original state so the house is a little blah for my taste.
    He agreed to painting the foyer wall red and it looks really nice. However, I’m stuck in deciding which colors to choose for my house that would work around that red foyer wall. I decided that I wanted green, blue and orange or red families of color, but I don’t know how dark should I go.
    I don’t know what color to paint the Living Room, because of that foyer red wall. I had decided to leave it white and ultimately use accents from the kitchen(which I think I want to paint turquoise) and some reddish accessories.
    Am I totally lost?
    (BTW, I want to paint my laundry room green so it goes with the turquoise of the kitchen and the exterior).

  73. Angela says:

    Hi Kristie, Great website.
    Question, I am painting my living room and want to make the wall with the fireplace the accent wall. So I am planning on painting the wall couple shades darker than the rest of the room. What do I do with the fireplace. Do I keep it white or should the fireplace be the darker color and all the walls be the lighter shade?

  74. Susan says:

    Hi. I love soothing dark walls for my bedrooms but my upstairs bedrooms get TONS of light. When I painted the smaller bedroom a deep blue the room glowed blue like it was under water. Fun but not ideal. Now it’s time to paint my mid size bedroom and it has the same natural light issues. French doors to balcony on 1 wall, boring closet wall, wall with glass door to another balcony, then wall behind my bed. Is this a situation where an accent wall would help me bring color without “glowing”? If yes, which wall do u recommend? Alternately, are there certain color groups, besides yellow, that can handle this much light with style?

  75. rivqah says:

    I have a very tiny bedroom I’d like to paint. I’ve read that cool colored accent walls can make the room feel bigger. I’ve also read not to use an accent wall in very small rooms. What would you suggest?

  76. rivqah says:

    I have a very tiny bedroom I’d like to paint. There is a sloped ceiling at one end. I’ve read that cool colored accent walls can make the room feel bigger. I’ve also read not to use an accent wall in very small rooms. What would you suggest?

  77. rivqah says:

    Thanks for your suggestion. Guess I was just brainstorming ideas that would make this tiny bedroom seem just a little bigger! I really enjoy reading your posts. They’re very helpful for someone like me who doesn’t really know what to go for.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      What will truly make the room feel a little bigger is the same color all over – if you don’t have crown moulding, I suggest you extend the color on the walls onto the ceiling as well. It will actually appear a bit lighter on the ceiling than it will on the walls. You might want to consider an airy color like Benjamin Moore’s Arctic Gray or a cheery butter yellow like Weston Flax. Good luck!

  78. rivqah says:

    Thank you. I really appreciate your advice. I’ve been reading a lot of your posts the last few days. I’m starting to feel excited about being brave and just painting it!

  79. Sherry says:

    I have four small kids and an extra large slobbery dog. One wall in our hearth room catches all of the drool and messy hand prints. It is not the typical wall you want to accent, but yet I think the possibility of painting it extra dark may hide the flaws?? Any suggestions?

  80. Sam says:

    I have a very contemporary living room and would like to paint an accent wall. The room is currently white with a floor to ceiling corner fireplace and the room has high ceilings with exposed wood beams. When entering the room, the eye is immediately drawn to the wall straight ahead, where there are five steps going up and five steps going down(it’s a split level). My first thought would be to have this as the accent wall; however, the loft area at the top of the steps runs the length of the room and has a metal railing. Since the entire room is currently the same color (including the railing), I’m afraid to “chop up” the room by painting the accent wall a dark color and leaving the metail railing white to match the fireplace and rest of the room. Another option would be the wall to the right when entering the room, which is adjacent to the corner fireplace and contains the TV and entertainment center. Any insight you can provide would be appreciated!

  81. Tia says:

    I have a pretty square bonus room with one large wall of giant gorgeous windows. The windows take up MOST of the wall but I was wondering if this would be a good accent wall? Or if there won’t be much paint on it maybe its not that great of an idea? The room is quite boring at the moment, we have one picture over the couch and then a very large TV hanging on the wall opposite the couch. The ceilings are very high and vaulted, should I maybe do the TV wall as an accent or should I be trying to draw the eye away from the TV? My thought was that even though the one window wall won’t have that much paint on it, its the first thing you see when you walk up the stairs. Thoughts?

  82. sarah says:

    Hi all! I need some help. I just recently purchased my first home and need help figuring out which wall to make an accent wall in my kitchen. My kitchen is large with a nook in it. It faces my large covered front porch, it's more narrow than it is wide. I was thinking of painting one of the long walls that goes along my sink and counters, there is a large open space with three small beautiful windows. OR would I be better off doing the front of the nook that overlooks the front porch? Thanks so much!


  83. Moomoo says:

    Please help …

    I have ordered a Charcoal grey sofa  to go in my rectangular lounge … carpet is a warm wheaty colour…. Was thinking about painting the walls a pale grey (or just having the grey as an accent wall)???  skirting/doors white.  then to liven it all up add a splash of duck egg blue and raspberry (in the form of cushions/ textured throw etc).  Curtain fabric Im struggling to find but am looking for something that encorporates all colours in the scheme (Grey, white, duck egg, raspberry).

    Coffee table, side table and  bookshelf all white

    Does this sound like a nice blend of colours? Shall I do one wall grey or all 4?

    Many thanks


  84. Courtney says:

    I have a very urban/industrial style loft, and I would like to pull in some warmth…I have raw exposed cement walls mixed with copper/silver exposed plumbing/duct work and burbur carpet.  I have a black leather mod-style sectional and that is about it, I want to bring in warmth while still keeping it super clean looking and not over-done/closing it in.  I saw something on pinterest that peaked my interest where she incorporated a navy/charcoal accent wall with black furniture- and I loved it.  Do you think I could make something like that work?  And if so…where would you place the color?

  85. Nicole Seow says:

    Im a college girl and want a fresh beach theme for my new room. I really love this colour and want an accent wall. What colour should I be looking for to go with this? 

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  87. Diana Holmes says:

    Notice all bedroom accent walls in pictures are the the walls that have the headboard?  Is this the only wall in bedroom that should be accented or are there other factors?

  88. Laura says:

    Hi Kristie,

    Thank you for the wonderful post.  I am trying to add some character to an apartment. The kitchen opens to the living area and there's no separate place for a dining table so I'd like to create a living room and dining area within the same space.  I was wondering if I could subtly create these different areas through paint.  You mention highlighting architecture with paint but I'm not sure how to handle one of the walls that's recessed and whether to paint the recess, paint around it, or choose a different wall to paint.  I read above that you said that you wouldn't paint two walls in a room differently.  Thank you for your suggestions!  -Laura

  89. Jen D says:

    Hi! Great article! I am a decorator in zero sense of the word.  I'm just learning how to put outfits together and I'm not even in my twenties anymore.  So, obviously, picking the colors for my family's new house has been overwhelming!  Good thing is, we viewed a house in the same neighborhood & loved their paint so we stuck close to it. Melon for kitchen, and a complementing red for the living room, which lead into one another.  Here's my question:  what is your opinion on carrying the melon paint onto the connecting living room wall which has a large double sided window to create a brighter focus & then painting the other living room walls with the complementing red??

  90. Sim says:

    Hi my family is building a new house and I cannot decide on a colour for my room.. I really want to have an accent wall but I’m not sure which colours to use and which wall should be accented.. My room has one big wall with another wall that has my desk area and walk in closet. And then I have my window seat on a different wall with the last wall with my bathroom and entrance door.. I don’t know if my bed should be facing the window so I have the big wall accented. Please help, I am utterly confused

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      How about a beautiful color on your ceiling? That could work as your accent wall (if you don’t have textured ceilings). Ideally, if you want to do an accent wall in a bedroom, it should be the wall your bed is on and it should be the focal point of the room. If your architecture doesn’t support it, DON’T do the accent wall. Just paint all the walls the color you love.

  91. Geovani says:

    My wife and I really want an accent wall in our living room but like you said, we didn’t want to paint the wrong wall. Should we paint the wall where the entertainment center is located? How do we pick the color, should it match our furniture?

  92. Alecia says:

    I have a question on choosing an accent wall, but for a girl nursery. I wanted to incorporate pink into the colors, but not sure as to which wall to choose and which color it should be. Pink room with accent wall color of ___ or ____ colored room with a pink accent wall. All her furniture is white!

  93. Zebra orint room madness for a tween says:

    My daughter wants a zebra print room. We have brought white, bright kind of berry pink, and black. The ceiling is textured so I was thinking of leaving it like it is which is white. I was going to use black for the trims (windows and doors) I was thinking of doing an accent wall which is where her bed rest to place zebra wall decals. I do not want to mess this up, what are your thoughts should I just paint the room all pink or do a pink accent wall with all white or vice versa. Any help would be appreciated this is soo no my forte.

  94. Rebecca says:

    I’m a 14 year old teenage girl! I’m thinking about painting my room .. I have all brown furniture, some darker than others but I’m going to stain the light ones darker. I’d love to do lavender walls with yellow accent wall. I don’t know what wall to accent. When you walk in , the wall across from you has the bed against it length wise. Like you’d be facing the side of the bed. So the wall on your left has a dresser and the head of the bed is against it. And the wall on the right has my desk and the foot of the bed faces that wall. The wall the door is on has a cubical storage thing, a book stand, and well the door. Which would be best for a yellow accent wall, the other three being lavender. Thanks!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Usually the bed wall is the best for an accent wall, so that would be the one I’d paint yellow. Rather than staining some of your furniture darker, why not paint a few of the pieces? Maybe you could paint your nightstand/bedside table white, along with one other wood piece on the other side of the room.

  95. Whitney says:

    Hi Kristie! New to your blog (and to paint) but enjoying discovering all your great advice. I’ve been thinking about an accent wall in my apartment living room, because it’s the only thing management will allow. I’m not afraid of color, and have nearly settled on Hot Tamale from Ace. However, I have two questions I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind answering.
    1. Which wall to paint? My first instinct was the middle wall that separates the living room from the dining room, because it has a beautiful arching doorway that I love. But my friend thinks it should be the long wall that extends the length of the apartment all the way to the front door and anchors the white couch.
    2. The apartment has a lot of windows but faces north and doesn’t get a lot of warm light. Will a color like Hot Tamale make it too dark?

    If you have advice I’d love to hear it! Thx

  96. Marie-clare says:

    Hi, Thanks for the blog that I just found! I am looking to paint a wall in my bedroom a different colour….I don’t know that I would call it an accent wall I just want a bit of warmth in there! I will have a dark leather floor and so need to brighten up with white walls but would like 1 wall to be chocolate/plum. The problem is I live in a rancher with sloping ceilings. Our headboard is against one of the wall with a sloping ceiling, I have never seen a accent wall like this before and am stuggling to imagine it….Do you think it could work? The only other 2 walls would be the window wall (ceiling constant height) or the wall toward the footboard (has a huge mirror on it) .
    It is also a fairly small room 12 and a bit by 11 and a bit feet….so I don’t know if this may be too small.
    Many Thanks, Mc

  97. De says:

    Hi wanted get some opinions. I have a long living room with light gray Berber carpet the previous owner had the walls painted a light gray I have dark plum couches with accent pillows that have plum and wine colored ferns in them the pillow background is like a metallic gold/silver. My issue is I wanted to paint the walls a warm grey but the room has a stone fireplace that is in a similar color and I don’t want the fireplace to disappear. The fireplace is off center and to the left of the fireplace we mounted our TV. Should I accent this wall and go a light warm gray on the others? What color should I accent with?

  98. Kel says:

    Hi my 8 year old son would like to put a red wall in his bedroom (a masculine red), I think all walls red would be much too dark and disturbing for a bedroom (12X12).. He also wants a blue wall..Is there any way Blue and Red can work together? I am thinking the blue would have to be a darker blue, making the room dark again..Is there a way to do an accent red wall, and then lighter blue on the the other 3 walls? I know that darn accent word again…Also if you have an colour names that could go together..(and I don’t want to change the ceiling colour from white). Thanks.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Yes, you can do light blue walls and a red accent wall for behind the bed. The exact colors will depend on the carpet color and bedding, so I can’t give you specific color names.

  99. Julie says:

    I love your post about the accent wall. I have a question about my living room: I would like to paint the ceiling a very soft bluish green (I’m thinking restoration hardware’s silver sage), and the rest of the walls are neutral (creamish white). I wanted to paint it because my furnishings are neutral and I wanted a soft color carried throughout the space. The problem is that we have many large can lights in the ceiling, and I don’t know if it would look weird or not? Thanks!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Silver Sage is a terrific color and would look great on your ceiling – pot lights or not. If you have vents on the ceiling, have your painter paint them out Silver Sage, as well.

  100. Sheri says:

    I’m curious, I own a bed and breakfast, one of our cabins is a studio with the bathtub at the opposite the bed. Currently our rose themed cottage is painted pale green. If I wanted to have an accent wall in the small studio cottage would it make it seem smaller? I was thinking of painting the wall that anchors the bed, however I would leave the rest of the walls green. Is that something that’s ok? An accent wall with colored walls? And does an accent wall close up a space?

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  102. Jo says:

    I have a master bedroom situation. Two walls are blush color on textured sheetrock. A third wall a similar beige-blush shade, but stucco. The last wall, behind the headboard, is a sage green padded cloth wall. This color goes with the drapes and bedding well, but I want to get rid of the fabric. I’m having a hard time with determining the paint color for this wall. The ceiling is wood, vaulted, and was painted light gray when we moved in. We changed it to navy to coordinate with the living room ceiling. I don’t have any other navy in the bedroom, but think of it as the night sky. Should I keep the green color or paint it the same blush color as the two walls? I love your comment about painting vents to match. Lately I’ve been a stickler for that.

  103. maddie says:

    I have a small sitting room and I wanted to paint the wall opposite the two tall windows turquoise and then devote the entire wall to vintage prints in all shapes and sizes. Am I better off just pairing the whole room turquoise? The wall I am thinking of painting can be seen right when you walk in the door…any advice?

  104. Sunny says:

    So we have a fireplace in the living room, and this is the wall you first see when you walk into the living space. But this wall also has two windows, and patio door along with TV on top of the fireplace.

    So according to me that wall has too much going on. Do you think, I should instead paint the nook wall?

  105. sha says:

    Hi. Just asking for opinion. I want to decorate my living room. Is it ok for me to use different patterns of wallpaper for each walls? Exp, two walls with swirl pattern and the other two with wavy pattern. But the color more or less look alike. Thank you!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      That’s sounds very confusing! The different walls shouldn’t be competing for attention. Either do all the walls the same wallpaper, or else paint three a color and accent the focal wall with one of the wallpapers you have chosen.

  106. krissy says:

    Hi, we are moving to a new townhouse and my new bedroom is kind of different. There are lighter Brown wood floors, and there is a red brick wall across from the door. Id like to paint the other walls but I’m not sure what color to use against the red brick. I was thinking maybe a light gray? The room is kind of small so I’m open to other options or colors that will brighten and open it up. My furniture is dark brown. Thank you!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Krissy, if there is any gray tones in your red brick or in the mortar, maybe you could choose a wall color that relates to that somehow. Keep your gray on the light side, or choose a gray with a green undertone to enhance your wood tones. Sounds like a great room!

  107. Andi says:

    Hi Kristie!!
    My sweet girls, 3 & 4yrs, share a small bedroom (12×15) with weird windows. We are putting a bunk bed in there which will take up the biggest wall which also has a window. The opposite wall has entrance door and closet door. the wall to the left has a large window and wall to the right is bare, but is the wall the door bangs against when opened. I wish I could show you the room to tell me what to do!! I personally want to to the walls either some form of navy, teal and coral. Bunks are wood and dressers are black.
    Any ideas for me on fun painting techniques or making this odd room adorable!?

  108. Wondering ..... says:

    I’m getting ready to move into a small place and curious in accent wall choices. Here’s the situation:

    Living room- it’s a small room. I don’t have furniture picked yet so please share what colors would suit best. When u walk in straight ahead is a short half wall with stairs to upstairs. Outside wall on left I’d only solid wall with 2 windows and its longest wall. The short wall is one that has entrance door. And last wall on right has a closet and the opening to enter dinningroom. Which wall is best to accent and what color choices to make room appear bigger?

    Dinningroom – again it’s small And not much wall space. There is the wall with room entrance. Then wall to right has one window. The wall strraight ahead has one window and lady wall has opening to kitchen. Again no colors chosen yet and trying to open up the room .

    Any advice is appreciated

  109. Emily says:

    I am having a hard time picking walls to accent in both my living room and bedroom. MAybe some one could help me too. For the living room I was thinking amber moon, (beige/yellow/gold tone) for all main walls (tv wall, entrance, hallway,short wall opposite windows next to balcony door) and green for accent walls (window facing bay, park and bridge andthe adjacent wall blacony door facing inward toward building neighbors and other balconies) The couches will be in front of the window and balcony door. The third large wall oppsite balcony door wall will house the tv. The bedroom is another issue. I have two large walls. One wall is windows the other is closets with mirrored doors (very minimal wall on this side). I was thinking of painting two large walls newport blue and one of the other two walls, if not both (window and closet) plum dressing. All trim will be a creamy white through out the apartment. Any help would appreciated.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Why do you feel the need to do a brown wall? If you have brown wood furniture in that space, that should be plenty of brown. I’d be concerned that the brown will just bring down the Sweet Daphne, which is a fun color!

  110. odi says:

    hi! i have a smallish white bedroom that i am going to move in soon. i am wondering whether to completely paint it a teal blue or navy blue or just do some accent walling! i am so confused. one side has a built in cupboard. i don’t want the room to look small. it is currently a dull white.

  111. Ekaterina Reier says:

    Hi, everyone!

    I was hoping you guys could help me a dilemma! You see, I have a great room, that is kinda long. The fireplace and the pretty windows with the view are on the long wall. It would have made perfect sense to accent that wall, accept I wanna go with dark red orange and that is a warm color that would make the wall kinda “move up” visually, thus making the room appear even longer than it is! What do you think I should do. I do want to balance the room out, or at least not make it worse. How do I solve this problem? Should I give up on the accent wall idea altogether and just paint the whole room that color? ARGH! I do not know. I think that accent walls are cool, but I do not know if I should have one 🙂

  112. Jamie says:

    So I have a question about a design. I want to paint a dark grey on my headboard wall, a beige-ish wallpaper wall on the front window wall (muted and not much cause the window is so large) and paint the other two walls a lighter grey. Is that a confusing combo. Should I ditch the wall paper window wall? i just like the contrast of the beige and grey.

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  114. korin says:

    We painted our bedroom grey and are making our head board wall our accent wall with a much deeper grey. We also have a large alcove in our bedroom with a large double window in it. We were thinking of also painting the alcove window wall the same deep grey. What do you think?

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  117. Blair says:

    I’m a few years late on this post:) My son wants a true blue room and I do not want the whole room painted blue. So I thought about an accent wall…it’s a small room with a little nook where his twin bed fits perfectly. I’m thinking the nook would be a good wall to paint whatever color he wants…thought?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Sounds like a good compromise. But my advice: look at the color he chooses, then choose something quite grayer than what he picked. It will give him the look he wants, but it will be much nicer. Children in particular tend to choose MUCH brighter and more intense colors than will actually look good on the wall once it goes up!

  118. Samantha says:

    Hello I do need some decorating advice. I’m a new home owner and need to get rid of these Carmel colored walls. I’m planning my bedroom around a grey, blue, orange theme and I’d love to paint an accent wall with a muted blue. My problem, my south wall has a pig picture window, my west wall has sliding doors and my north wall, which is also the home of my bed, has an odd angle where it meets the door, it’s turned inward for about 2 feet and the east wall is home to my closest. Talk about a lot to work around… Any advice would be so helpful.

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  120. J says:

    Hi there,

    Great advice on here 🙂 Just wondering if you could help me. I have just bought a new house and would like to have a feature wall with wallpaper in the living room. I am a bit stuck on which wall to have as the feature wall as it is a rectangle room with no wall which has interesting architecture as there is no fireplace, etc in the room. There is long wall in front of you as you walk into the living room with a pillar coming out slightly which devides the room slightly into 2 halves. I will be putting a tv on one side and a sidebaord with a feature mirrior above it on the other side. I am not sure whether to make the tv wall or sideboard wall the feature one, or both? Any advice would be appreciated as I am a bit confused.

    Thank You 🙂

  121. Cayanne says:

    I am loving your blog. I’ve already pinned a few things for our new house (cross fingers). This year I redid my daughter’s room for her 3rd birthday. I was doing a “Night Owl” theme. First I choose a wonderful simple multi-colored rug, so I could match the walls to the blue in the rug. The color was a dark blue, then 3 of the walls I painted a few shades lighter, the accent wall remained the darker blue… for the night sky. It was the only wall with a window and across from the bed, so she would see t when going to bed. I used a bare tree decal, sticker stars and painted an owl and a huge full moon. I LOVE it! And now we are planning on moving. I’m not sure if I should redo her new room the same or totally different. It was only 6 months ago that I did it.

  122. Claudia says:

    Hi, this is a great and very helpful blog, thanks! I have a question tough. I would like to paint an accent wall in my bedroom. The room is a pentagon and I am hesitating between different walls to paint, my first option is to paint in teal the wall behind the bed (the biggest wall in the room) and the rest white, the second option is to paint two contiguous walls that have large windows in teal and the rest of the room white. Any advice would be very helpful, thanks!

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  124. Brianna says:

    I realize you may not want to comment on something from so long ago, but I am hoping for some advice. My husband and I have been renters for a long time, and we just bought a house and have to paint our refinished basement and are so overwhelmed with painting ideas! The family room is in the basement but it has two large windows so it doesn’t feel too dark. The room is about 22 feet long by 12 feet wide. On one long wall there are two windows, on the other, there are two doors. The back wall is empty. We were debating doing an accent wall just so it would break up the room, but I also considered doing a chair rail and painting two different colors. Are both bad ideas? I was thinking we have two options for accent walls…the one with windows or the back one. I thought about having a bookshelf and rocking chair in the back corner for a fun reading area, but that may or may not happen. Just avoid the accent wall?

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  126. Eryn says:

    I’m moving into the basement and we have already painted the walls. One wall (the wall where my bed will be) is a turqoise called “cyan sky” and the rest are a very light shade of that. Almost a minty colour. We have tons of extra paint from the accent wall so my dad wants to paint at least one more wall. I want the room to be very light but I do love that colour! Should I keep the one accent wall or should be just paint half the room turqouise??? Btw I’m only 14 haha

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Use your leftover paint to paint a piece of furniture (dresser?) on the other side of the room – or to paint some picture frames or other accessories to use throughout the room. That’ll tie in that accent wall and pull everything together!

  127. Sheila says:

    We have built a new walk in closet in our bedroom … The color on our walls is colonial blue (which I love) with white trim around windows,doorway, and ceiling. I have always loved this look. My husband now wants the new outside walls for the walk in closet to be light gray – to be the accent wall, so to speak.
    I’m not really in favor of this … What’s your opinion?

  128. Lisa says:

    I need help!!! I want to paint the whole house Benjamin Moore – hc-170 stonington gray with Benjamin Moore – Healing Aloe accent walls in the bedrooms but I’m afraid the two colors are too subtle/similar. I’m not trying to add any dramatic effect. I just like both colors and wanted more than one color in my house. Thoughts??? Suggestions are welcome!! I don’t like browns. I love cool colors but I don’t want to do blue because my house is currently blue. Thanks!!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Both of those have blue undertones, so sometimes they will read blue (just so you know). I would not use Healing Aloe as an accent wall in a room of Stonington Gray. Why not just paint a few of the bedrooms Healing Aloe on all the walls? It is a very subtle color, and not what I’d consider an “accent” color that will make a statement on just one wall. Hope that helps – good luck!

  129. Jennifer says:

    Is it too late to ask a question. I am dealing with this very dilemma right now. I am moving into a home, and there are 2 rooms I want to have painted before we move in. The dining room and the front sitting room are about the same size and across the foyer from one another.

    Initially I was over zealous, and insisted on 3-color palette for each room (primary wall, accent wall, and ceiling), however these rooms are small and don’t want them to suffer from too much color. Several posts up you mentioned the idea of simply making your ceiling the accent wall. How GRAND is that!?!?

    My question is, if I choose to make my ceiling the accent color, do I need crown molding to frame it? Neither of these rooms currently have it, and we wouldn’t want anything too formal because we are a down-home casual family.

    Thanks I look forward to hearing from you.

  130. Jefferson J. Jones says:

    Hi. I have enjoyed your insight on the “accent” wall. I need a little advice. My office space is 9 x 9 ft. 11 ft high. My desk is black with a dark cherry wood top. I will have wood laminate flooring that is multicolored but a little lighter than the desk top. The desk is L-shaped with a hutch. I really want to let those two walls be light gray and the other two walls to be black. My wall clock will be some sort of modern wood style. Other decor will be metallic/silver finish. I will have extra desk lamp and floor lighting to created different dimensions of lighting. Just wondering what shade of light gray and how light? The wall opposite of the desk has an old school heater on the wall and a visible pipe. The other wall not touching the desk has an open doorway with no door. Just want some insight on what you think about this. It’s a small space but I would like to be able to express what I like.

  131. lini says:

    Is it ok to accent the bedroom wall (where the bed’s head board shall be) if it has 2 windows on both sides?

      • Kate says:

        Hello Kristie, nothing to do with the previous post. I am painting a 24 feet wall on my living room. I did three huge rectangles with molding, I chose two shades of blue, so the wall will be light outside and inside the moldings will be dark. I am planning to put a round mirror on the center rectangle, and use some white, green and maybe orange or yellow accents. Does that sounds like making sense? Should the light shade be inside the box shadows I did with the molding or outside?

  132. Sarah says:

    Hi, I hope this is still being read. Need a bit of advice for painting my 7 year old boys room. (Until now he has shared a room with his sister, so it’s his first space of his own). He chose a very nice aqua colour. It is a rich colour and I was thinking of only painting the bed wall in the colour (accent). Just don’t want him to be overwhelmed by the colour. My question is, can I paint the main wall and the closet wall (which will also have a bookshelf on it) the accent colour, or should it really be limited to one wall or all walls….just don’t want it to look like I forgot 2 of the walls 🙂 ? Advice is appreciated.

  133. Carol P. says:

    Hi…painter is coming in a day. I’m scared. I have this little office. Roughly 10×20. Outside wall is long with half of it being a big window and entrance door full with window. Its narrow. I was planning on an accent wall chocolate on that window wall and the other three walls that neutral off white/cream color. Am I wrong?! Pls help!!

  134. Stephanie says:

    Hi! I hope you can help me decide whether or not to do an accent wall. My foyer is two story and open all the way to my two story family room which you can see the back wall and fireplace from the front entry door. There is no break in the wall from the front door to the back wall of my family room so nowhere to stop a paint color, so it will all have to be same color. My question is, do I paint the back fireplace wall that also has decorative windows, as an accent wall? The wall to the left of the fireplace wall has a huge tall built in bookshelf where our tv also is and the ceiling vaults up and has no windows. That also seems like a place to do an accent wall to me but then it cannot be seen from the front door when entering the house. Which wall would you suggest doing the accent color or neither? Thank you!!

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  144. Katrina says:

    Looking to paint my bed room with a chocolate brown with blue accent wall. Current plan was to use the wall with my white double closet doors as the white makes the wall lighter already and hoping to elongate the room, but everything I have read seems to show doing the accent wall behind the beds headboard. What would your recommendation be?

  145. Ana S says:

    I realize this is an older post, but I’m remodeling my upstairs, and I want to accent a wall by painting a pattern onto it, a Moroccan trellis in one of the rooms, and a sort of damask in the other. my problem is that these rooms are rather long and narrow, with no real redeeming features (they’re just rectangular boxes) and I have no idea which wall to accent at all. Do I accent a long wall behind a bed? Do I accent one of the short walls? Both of the short walls? Inside the nook in the master bedroom plus the short wall opposite it? Trying to pretend I’m a designer, lol.

  146. Julie Pankey says:

    Hi, I am thinking of accenting a bathroom wall, is this a mistake? I would like to accent a wall of mirrors, it is the wall directly in front of you when you awl in the door. Thoughts? Thank you!

  147. Angela says:

    I love a patterned paper i’ve chosen. I don’t want to use it on just one feature wall however it would be too much on all walls. Several friends have said to use on two walls opposite each other but this looks too contrived. would you advise using it on 2 walls next to each other or do 3 walls and the main wall where my bed has a patterned duvet cover in a plain paper picking out a neutral colour? confused lol

  148. Maria says:

    I have a 20 x 20 room w/ vaulted ceilings. The north wall with vault is completely solid, just artwork. The east wall has three symmetrical windows, evenly spaced, no vault, and nice window treatments, and window seat. West wall, want to keep it regular, enter room from the south wall. Can’t decide if I should a accent the blank vaulted wall, straight ahead, or the window wall, to the right. Or I just paint the whole room the richer color.

  149. susan leonard says:

    I’m picking paint for an office for my staff of eight, men an women. There are almost no architectural details to highlight. We have one basic color to work with, a nice beige. I was thinking of accents in a mocha and a gold. Please help me use accents the best way.

  150. Painting says:

    WE have to paint a client house and I have a question on living room’s wall. what color should we use? the house is in NW area with 3 large windows

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      That’s a really general question! Are you looking for a neutral or a specific color family? What are the fixed elements in the space? Furnishings? All those things are important to choosing color, along with client’s preferences.

  151. Erin says:

    Hi, want to do an accent wall in our basement (wood or stone not paint). My first instinct is the shorter wall with the fire place but this wall is also flanked with french doors to the left of the fire place and a single window to the right, so basically a busy/choppy wall. Does this defeit the idea of a accent wall? The adjecent wall is the a longer wall with only a tv mounted to it. Could this be the accent wall? My eyes are still drawn to the fireplace wall. Thanks.

  152. Aaron says:

    I knocked down 2.5 walls between my “living room” dining room and an office. I have a beam separating the rooms now. In the new living room space I have a 20 ft. Wall an 11′ then the beam and another 12′ wall. Finally there is a 10′ wall with a closet off to the left. Any ideas on an accent wall or what to paint the beam?

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  154. Ruth says:

    I recently painted a bedroom wimpy beige on 3 walls and a custom green/blue/turquiose on the 4th wall, behind the bed. The bedding is white with the blue/green vines and flowers. What do I hang on the wall behind the bed (colors?) I have 9 10×10 wood squares with a small 3×3 mirror in the middle and thought I would paint them white or the neutral color and maybe just the outlines of the vines / flowers. I dont know if I should match the white, or the neutral or the green/blue/turquiose. What color of decorations do you hang on an accent colored wall??

  155. Julie says:

    Hi Kristie,

    What a great site you have, offering up a treasure of tips and ideas!

    I am just about to paint my 8 year old son’s bedroom. We are going for a pirate-meets-coastal theme, although I want this room to easily grow with him.

    I selected Benjamin Moore Kitten White as the main color, with white trim, and was debating between painting an accent nook around his bed or the ceiling in a dark denim blue (he likes very bright blues, but doesn’t mind as long as the room feels beachy-coastal-pirate). The large rug will eventually echo that darker accent color as well.

    The room is small, only 10×10.

    He has a white wooden mezzanine bed set quite high above a reading lounge inhabited by a Fatboy. The bed is mounted in a corner of the room and the ladder spans the full width of the foot of the bed, thus framing the lounge.

    The two corners where the bed meets the walls will be framed with ceiling-to-floor natural linen drapes tied back with nautical rope. His bedding is light beige and taupe. His large window (same wall as the head of the bed) boasts a simple roller shade with a fabric vintage map. The whole room is a nice blend of beachy neutrals with a slight yellow undertone to brighten it up (northern exposure).

    We are going with tiny glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. The centered ceiling light will sit in the middle of a red compass rose.

    So my dilemma is this:

    Would you paint the sun-washed navy blue in the nook—which means painting the entire side wall and only partially the headboard/window wall—or on the ceiling? I like the idea of painting the ceiling and simply throwing light-blue, navy and red pillows on the bed with maybe his name on the wall, but I really-really value your input!

    Thank you so much for being so generous with your advice!

  156. Tiffany says:

    My house is a very open floor plan on the main level – foyer, kitchen, and main family room all flow together more or less. We also have another room just off of the front door on your way to the kitchen (used as a family/playroom) that is open as well. Off the back of the living room is French doors to our office. My question is, should I have the foyer, kitchen and family room all one neutral color since they all flow together? The walls in the kitchen extend all the way to the up with the height of the foyer as well. When you are upstairs you can look down on the kitchen and the front living/playroom. Currently, there are a couple walls painted red in the kitchen as accent walls from the previous owner (they’ve always seems a bit off to me). The living room is tan and the rest of the kitchen and foyer is white.
    I’m thinking I should paint the foyer, kitchen and living room all a neutral tan (I love neutral/warm cozy colors) and then have the front family room our darker color, and office lighter neutral. The current colors are all from Sherwin Williams as the previous owner left their leftover paint for touch ups (foothills-front family, foyer and one kitchen wall-white, living room-latte, accent walls-antique red, and office buff). Our trim, kitchen cabinets and kitchen/entry floors are a light maple. We eventually are going to replace our countertops to a dark almost black granite.

    Second question – my daughter has a smaller bedroom and wants to paint it blue and white. She has rainbow colored bedding. Should I just paint all the walls blue with white curtains, or could I do white on the bottom half/blue on the top? I’m terrible at this and don’t want to have to do it more than once. She has dark expresso furniture.

    Thanks so much for your input!

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  158. Jen says:

    Is it possible to paint an accent wall in a stairwell? Just to add some color but not to darken an unlit stairwell too much… Looking at a light gray to highlight the stairwell while keeping the surrounding walls and hallway upstairs an antique white.

      • Jen says:

        Thanks Kristie. Do you think my stairwell color should be the same as my upstairs hallway, as that too is not well lit. I want to choose a paint color for the stairwell that’s not cream, tan, or brown. However, my front door way is painted a blue-green and I don’t know what other neutral I could use going up the stairs, except a light gray. Any suggestions for the stairwell color without making it too dark?

        • Kristie Barnett says:

          I’m not sure about your specific situation, but I would suggest that you carry your adjoining downstairs area paint color up the stairs so that there is a sense of flow and not random choppiness. You could either continue that color into the upstairs hallway, or else switch to another color once you hit the corner at the top of the stairs.

          • Jen says:

            Well our living room is actually the blue-green color, and the living room wall extends out towards the front entrance. Our hallway from the front door into the kitchen is the antique white color, which continues into the kitchen. I think it would be too much blue-green to take it up the stairwell but I didn’t want more “antique white” and was looking for a different color. I know it’s hard to picture! Thank you nonetheless for your suggestions!

  159. Grace says:

    I realize this may be a late post, but I wanted your advice regarding accenting a wall using damask wallpaper. You see I have an open living/dining room which is a huge rectangular room; on one side I have the dining area with hip level cabinets pressed to the wall and on the opposite side of the room is the living room area with a couch pressed against the wall. I was thinking if it would be nice to accent both opposite facing walls with damask wallpaper, there’s around 11 meters in between.

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  162. wendy tessier says:

    We are redoing our basement. I want a Merlot colored wall to match the carpet which has Merlot and Beige and Cream. Can I paint just the , I want to say “BOX” around the fireplace Merlot and the rest of the wall and other walls the Beige. I had heard not to cut the same wall with 2 colors. The “Box” is the fireplace walls are recessed to go around the fireplace. The rest of the wall is straight. Hope you can picture it. Thank your for all you help.

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  164. Janni says:

    how about in a bedroom, wherein, the headboard of the bed is along side the full height cabinet. can i make that side the accent wall? i wanted to, but i think, the full height cabinet is obtrusive enough to notice the wall. however, the opposite side is where tv console is located, can i make that side instead? thanks a lot.

  165. Samantha says:


    Can you please help me decide which wall should be accented in this picture? I am choosing polished silver for whole room and city storm (both by valspar) for accent wall.

    1)would those colors look good together?
    2)I am attaching a crappy pic below but can you help me pick which wall should be accented? We will be putting the tv on wall to the right. And couch on wall to left (in front of windows) Should we paint the walls that are red our accent color? Ugh idk I need help!

  166. Alessia says:

    Hi Kristie, We have a long room that we want to turn into a baby boy nursery. The far left corner of the room is wider than 90 degrees (by design), so does not look straight. We are thinking to paint the wall on one side of the room in sky blue color and the wall opposite to it in beige color. The rest of the room will be in beige color as well, but since the room is rather long these 2 walls (one blue and one beige) are the only walls you actually see. On the beige wall, we are thinking to have some blue accents and on the blue wall – some beige accents. Does that sound like a good idea? Thank you very much!

  167. Abby H says:

    I have an odd angled room with 2 little nooks that have the windows in them and those walls in the nooks are normal and the wall that has the door is normal but then every other wall has the angled ceiling. Right now the room is a turquoise and the sloped ceilings were just left white. I really want to paint the room a grey and maybe have an accent wall of teal but I don’t know if that would be too much because of how the room is shaped or which wall I should accent or if I should do that at all or which colors I should actually choose. Any suggestions you have for me would be greatly appreciated!

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  169. Chenin says:

    We want to paint our living room. It has a very tall, sloped ceiling, and stairs heading up to second floor. We are trying to decide if any wall should be an accent wall or if they should all be the same color. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I will upload additional photos after this.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      No, I wouldn’t do an accent wall in this space – choose a light to medium wall color and use it on the slope/ceiling as well. This will actually downplay the awkward angles. Use color in art, pillows, throws, furnishings!

  170. Erica says:

    I am excited and impressed to scroll all the way down and see you are still answering some questions. Sorry this explanation is long but will make questions more concise 🙂 We are moving into a new apartment in the same building we currently live in (long story) with a similar set-up. The differences will be that where we currently have carpet through the living/dining area and bedroom they are putting down rather nice dark wood (variated shades not uniform) laminate and where our front living room wall is currently windows from almost halfway up to the ceiling (10′) the whole length of the wall and around the one corner a couple feet (all facing into a courtyard) the new one is a front (look around neighboring buildings) city view and the windows are floor to ceiling (and still make the corner a couple feet on one side). Walking in you walk through the kitchen then are in this combined living/dining space 21″ long by 12.6′ wide. There is a the architectural feature of the window wall wrapping on the shorter wall where we plan to put our tv console, mount our tv and a small architectural detail (few inch box of sorts near windows–see plan/drawing– where our sofa will be and then the wall goes in and forms a niche by kitchen wall (table will be by there). I wish I could take your advice and paint the whole room (though the question would be where to stop) however the apartment management only allows an accent wall (the ceiling is textured or I’d try for that). We really want to do one wall because there is some interest and the apartments are so cookie cutter for this area but also because we’ve been in a very similar, all neutral white, apartment for a couple years.
    So which wall would you choose? TV wall or sofa wall?
    If TV wall would you just do that piece or the very small strip between the laundry closet and HVAC closet?
    If the sofa wall would you do the whole from windows to the niche or start after the architectural ‘feature’ and leave that white?
    If you would take it over that all the way to the windows would you do just the front of that ‘feature’ or the sides as well?
    Finally I said the room feels rather narrow so we’d like to use this to make if feel bigger, I have been told to use lighter shade but would like your thoughts? And on color my husband really would like a grey but our couch is grey/brown (odd I know, ikea color) so he would like blue that leans to grey/blue, I had wanted green/grey-green but could live with a bluer shade (still thinking blue-grey) if it went with the brown/grey couch and perhaps leaned a little blue-green, but I’m open – I’ve looked at both BM and SW paints — any suggestions??
    (I’m considering whichever we pick taking a couple shades deeper in to the bedroom for a wall but I’m guessing you wouldn’t advise doing one in each room)

  171. Heidi says:

    Great article! It’s my second time around as a home owner and I’m trying to decide on paint colors right now. Question… what’s the best way to handle a room with sloped ceilings and short side walls? Should it all be the same color? If I’m going to have an accent wall, should it be the tall end? (I’m assuming yes.) And when do you paint the ceiling something other than white? I’ve never considered painting the ceiling until recently. And now with these sloped ceiling bedrooms, I feel like I lose the impact of the colors I choose because so much of the room is white ceilings!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      If you have sloped ceilings – paint them out the wall color rather than white. It will make the room appear larger and taller. If you have no crown molding at all, if your wall color isn’t dark you can wrap the entire space in the color – it’s like you’ve taken the top off the ceiling, really good effect. If you want to do an accent ceiling, make sure the ceiling is a COLOR (like blue or green) and the wall is a neutral (beige or gray). And if you are doing an accent wall, it needs to be the focal point of the room (not a side wall or insignificant one). Hope that helps!

      • Heidi says:

        Thank you for the reply, Kristie! Does the larger and taller effect only work if it’s a light color? The room I’m stuck on is going to be a deep teal and bright yellow. From the images I’ve seen, I prefer the teal walls with yellow bedding and accents. However, the room only has one window which makes me worry about painting the walls such a dark color. It’s for my 10-year-old daughters’ room. It’s the two colors they each love. So I want to make sure it’s going to be “happy” if that makes sense. 🙂

  172. Stephanie says:

    Hello, my husband and I just bought a tiny 30s bungalow. The room I need help with is the spare bedroom I am turning into a dressing room. This room is odd because it is also the access to our bedroom upstairs. So on the wall opposite the door is an archway with stairs to the second level. Because the stairs are where a closet would have been when the house was built, we have no closet in that room, so we were planning on making one on that wall. Now I wanted to do a pretty damask wallpaper on one wall to be an accent wall, but the remaining walls don’t seem appropriate. The wall to the right when you enter the room is partially covered by the open door, the wall across from that one has a window that takes up most of the wall and the remaining wall has the furnace register and light switch. So I don’t know if any of these walls would work for the accent wall, or should I move where I plan on having the closet?

  173. Michelle says:

    I’m wanting to paint an accent wall in our bedroom. Two of the walls, parallel to each other, are high ceiling walls that follow the grade of the roof. The other two walls are shorter. The only place for the bed is on one of the shorter walls. Which wall should be the accent wall — the wall with the bed, or one of the higher walls?? Help!!

  174. Alice says:

    I’m purchasing a house. I want to paint three walls in the living room a cream color like frappe (ignore the red carpet in the picture, I’m going to uncover the hardwood underneath). I want to make an accent wall with a bold blue like lucerne. On the accent wall I want to mount my black flat screen tv and install an electric fireplace with a white mantel (tho I’m flexible with this color but I think white would stand out nice and attract your eye even more) under the tv. The problem is there is a closet door on that wall. I have no idea what color to paint the door and it’s trim. Lucerne to try to hide it? White? Frappe? Should I not use that wall because it has the closet door and choose the one that will have the dark grey couch under a large window?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      If you do the fireplace wall, definitely paint the door/trim Lucerne, as well to downplay those. Not sure I’d be so bold as white on the mantel – maybe the Frappe from the other walls would be a better choice for your mantel!

  175. Karlen says:

    Do you think white could be an accent wall? I have a beautiful teal glass mosaic tile for the backsplash in my powder room. The rest of the house will have tan walls. I’m afraid if I put tan walls with the glass that it will get lost. But I think it would be strange if that bathroom were the only all white room. Would it be strange to have the wall with the tile painted white and the other walls the same tan as the rest of the house?

  176. Andreea says:

    Hello. This is how my living room looks like. I was thinking to paint a wall yellow, which one do you think would be best?

  177. alle says:

    Hi, my husband and I recently bought a new brand new home. As I’m sure you know new homes are usually painted all one color, in our case light grey. it’s a bi level home alot of cool walls at thr enterance area as soon as you come up the stair there are only 4 walls. our living room, dining room, and kitchen are in a straight line. meaning a long rectangular room. we recently painted one of the long walls green we have a fireplace on it. I’m really not loving this look though I’m thinking maybe itts because there is still so much grey everywhere else. or maybe I pained the wrong wall green. I was also wanting to do some darker grey walls , should I replace the green wall with dark grey or should I just add the dark grey into other walls. this is totally confusing to me I just want it to all look nice at the end of the day !

  178. Leanna Hendrick says:

    So I painted my living room all beige than added an accent wall I painted Salty Dog Blue. My original goal was to create a faux fireplace on my blue wall. I just bought a beautiful mantel that ends up looking gigantic on my blue wall. I was thinking of putting the mantel on the beige wall now. Will it look strange having the fireplace on the wall that is not accented? I’m really stumped by this all. I also plan on either painting or staining my fireplace a different color, I have wood trim would it be weird to do a color that doesn’t match the trim like a white/ivory or a dark brown? Thank you.

  179. margie says:

    HI Kristi,
    My question is what wall to have as a accent wall in my living room. Front entry way goes straight into the living room there is a big wall straight ahead and to your right is the other wall. Now the wall to the right has a built in fireplace and a wooden mantel.the wall to the right of it is a big window . Should I use that wall as the accent wall because of the fplace? Right now all walls are a light thinking of a light grey? What do u suggest?

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  182. Kara says:

    Hi I’m giving my bedroom an accent wall that is a peachy-coral color called Peach Mimosa from Behr and I’m struggling to pick out a color to paint the rest of my walls. I want it to be a light white/grey color but I don’t know what Behr color to pick. Please help

  183. Jamie says:

    Hi, I was thinking of having an accent wall for my master bedroom. However the door to my room will be the same wall of where I put my bed. Should I paint the wall behind my bed or the wall opposite (the first wall we see when enter the bedroom) as an accent wall? Or should I paint all the wall the same color. But I prefer gray. Would it be too dull if I paint all the wall to be the same gray? Please help.

  184. Kay says:

    Hi, Kristie!
    I am struggling to figure out which wall, in the office I am getting ready to move into, to paint as the accent wall. I will be using an accent color that is very similar to the blue in that last picture. All four walls are currently panted a pale cream – very neutral color. It is a long, narrow office with nothing architecturally interesting on any of the walls except the West facing small end of the room, which is almost entirely windows. Any suggestions? Thanks! – Kay

  185. Andrea says:

    Can you help? My daughter wanted to paint her bedroom navy blue. It is a large room, so I suggested that she do one ‘accent wall’ rather than the whole thing. The wall where you enter has the door and the closet on it, the wall to the left is 13′ long and has two windows and faces the front of the house, the wall to the right is 10.5′ long and has one window and faces the back of the house, and the wall straight ahead is 21′ long and has nothing on it. The large empty wall is where she would like to put the accent wall, with her bed sticking out into the middle. I was thinking that I would do the wall to the right as the accent wall, and put her bed there. Not sure what to do, and our project is completely stalled! Can you help? Does this make sense?

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  187. Quyen says:

    Hi Kristie!

    I’m moving into my first apartment in a few weeks and get to paint 2 accent walls. The walls are all currently an off white and I’ve chosen a blue/green for my accent wall color. Not sure which wall would be best to paint though. I’m attaching the floor plan picture with the entry at the far bottom right. I would appreciate any advise you may have! Thank you!

  188. Quyen says:

    If it helps, the entry is on the bottom right. As you walk in, there is a closet directly opposite the entry. The fireplace and mantle is immediately to the left of the closet so it’ll be the first thing you see as you walk in. The wall separating the kitchen and living room is what you see next. The wall opposite the fireplace is one long wall extending from the kitchen to the dining area and has a patio door from the dining area and a window in the living room. The window is opposite the fireplace.

  189. Tanna says:

    My living room is two stories tall (all open). One way has floor to ceiling windows with a fire place, one is black with the t.v placed against it, another has floor to ceiling windows around a blank space where the couch fits. The 4th wall has an overlook from the upstair’s office (which we are using as my teens’ bedroom). Which all would you accent? I’m pretty certain I will pain the ceiling the same color as the main walls to make it feel more intimate. Thanks your your help! I’m pretty much banging my head against the wall (white wall currently) trying to decide.

  190. Elaine says:

    My boyfriend and I are moving to a new apartment that allows for accent wall painting. We are set on a gray color out of the choices. Now which wall? We have a white fireplace so my vote is for the wall behind it. My boyfriend wants to paint the wall behind our black couch because it’s a larger wall. Thoughts?

  191. Debbie says:

    I am at my wits end with my foyer!!! All these rooms are seen from the foyer…Family Rm- SW Dorian Gray, Kitchen-SW Dovetail, Dining Room-BM Gray Owl that has the hint of blue. I wanted to paint my foyer a color that would coordinate with all these colors and give a little pop. It seems everyone suggests a light color such as Behr Light French Gray. Would it be better to bring the Gray Owl on to the foyer and paint the door as the accent? The foyer is small as you can see. I tried a Glidden color matched SW- Peacock Blue. It just does not do well with the Gray Owl, may be a little strong & tones do not look right. PLEASE HELP!!

  192. Cm says:

    My girlfriend is looking to purchase a duplex with chocolate brown as living room color. She likes the color, but we need to lighten the room with a lighter accent wall. Should the accent wall be where the windows are, or the wall across from the windows in order to “receive” the window light? Thank you!

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  194. Juliann says:

    I want to have a navy accent wall in my bedroom but don’t know which wall to paint as we have a fireplace too? Should it be the wall the bed in on one the fireplace wall? Confused!?!?

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