Which Wall Should Be the Accent Wall: Everything You Need To Know

For most homeowners doing renovations today, setting up an accent wall is a no-brainer. By painting one wall of the room a different color, you get to easily add more depth and visual interest to the room. At the same time, it saves on costs that you’d have otherwise spent on decorating different walls. If done right, an accent wall can be a centerpiece to the room while making the room appear larger.

Now, choosing the accent color and tone should be pretty straightforward; the problem comes in finding the perfect location to set up the accent wall. And it can mean all the difference!

So what makes a good accent wall? Here’s everything you need to know.

Things to consider when choosing an accent wall

There are three major criteria you should consider when choosing a wall to accent:

  1.       Focal point
  2.       Details of the room
  3.       Dimension
  4.       Symmetry

Go for the Focal point

The focal point of a room is basically the wall that draws the most attention. Ask yourself, where do you look first when you walk into the room?

In most cases, the focal point will be the wall with the fireplace or the TV wall. It can also be a wall that’s architecturally distinctive or has an interesting nook, or where the bed’s headboard rests in the bedroom.

If the room doesn’t have a focal point, there are ways you can create one. A good trick is to work with your furniture and space decorations and pin them against one wall in the room. Think family photos or indoor plants. If the space is completely new and unfurnished, the accent wall can help choose a color scheme for the space.

Consider the details

If your room is lacking a natural focal point, you’ll have to turn to other methods of selecting the wall to accent. The rule of thumb, in this case, is to go for a solid wall that doesn’t have doors or windows. You see, if you have a large open window with beautiful scenery, the accent color you paint might distract rather than highlight the beautiful view. Also, natural light coming in might change how the paint looks on the wall.


Another thing you can use to determine the wall to accent is the room’s dimension (the length and width of the space). This is crucial because the wall you accent has the ability to make the room look longer or shorter.

For instance, if you are painting a long, narrow room, you’ll naturally want to accent the farthest, shorter wall in the room. This way, the shape of the room remains balanced while creating the impression that the furthest wall is closer.

Of course, this rule isn’t set in stone. If what you want is to emphasize the room’s length, then you can accent one of the longer walls.

Go for symmetry

It is important that the accent wall be symmetrical. Unless you have your heart set on it, avoid accenting any walls with odd slopes and niches. If you can’t find any wall that qualifies, you can consider the fifth wall (your ceiling). Accenting the ceiling will just as effectively play the role while adding dimension to the room.

Dos when accenting

To sum it all up, here are the main dos when accenting:

  1.       Always go with the focal point in the room
  2.       Set up the accent walls in rooms with a lot of natural light (they make the space appear smaller in dark rooms)
  3.       Avoid walls with windows or doors
  4.       Choose the shortest wall in a long room
  5.       The accent walls should be as symmetrical as possible


And that just about covers it! Provided you do it right, your accent wall will come out beautifully and remain timeless. Using the tips above, consider the size and shape of your room and then settle on the most appropriate wall to accent.

Another thing you should also be keen on is your choice of color. Best practice is to use a lighter or deeper version of the same color you’ve painted the rest of the room. If you want something more outstanding, use a more vivid, contrasting color.

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