Living Room Accent Walls with Benjamin Moore

An accent wall can give your living room a whole new look without having to repaint the entire space. It's easy to find all kinds of tips on what to do, but what about things you should avoid? Knowing only what works, but not what won't, can make narrowing down your color options more challenging. The paint experts at paintCLE are here to help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls when choosing living room accent wall colors, that way you can be sure that you are doing everything right when painting your new accent wall.


Don't Paint More Than One Wall

As much as you love a color, avoid succumbing to the temptation and paint two accent walls. The purpose of accent walls is to pop and stand out from other walls in the room. Adding a second accent wall will remove the intended impact and confuse the eye. If you need help deciding which wall to paint, take note of which wall you naturally look at when you enter the room. If you want more accent walls, consider adding them in different rooms, that way, you can retain the wall’s contrast while still being able to express yourself.


Avoid Painting a Short Wall

A well-done accent wall can make your living room appear larger and provide an excellent backdrop for unique pieces of furniture. You want to bring attention to the wall and what is near it. A wall with built-ins is an outstanding choice for a living room accent wall. If you choose a short wall, it may need more room to serve as a backdrop. It also won't hold attention long enough to be a focal point.


Know When to Say When

You want your living room accent wall to stand out and be exciting, but it must blend well with your existing decor. Avoid choosing a color simply because it is bold and fun, and make sure it also looks great with your furniture and other home accessories. If the overall aesthetic of a room is neutral and earthy, there are better choices than using a hot pink or lime green shade. We like to keep the 60-30-10 rule in mind: 60% of a room should be the neutral primary color, 30% reserved for a secondary hue, and 10% for the accent color.


Keep Lighting In Mind

Natural light from windows and artificial light plays a prominent role in how a color appears throughout the day. Intense natural light can make dark colors seem brighter, and lighter hues appear dull and unexciting. When choosing bulbs for artificial lighting, check the rating to see what kind of light they will produce, as it will affect how your accent wall looks.


Perfect Paint Pairings for Your Whole Home

The team at paintCLE is here to assist you with choosing the best Benjamin Moore paint for every wall in your home. We have everything you need to complete a perfect DIY paint project, including brushes and other painting supplies. paintCLE has locations in Medina, Shaker Heights, and Willoughby, OH, and serves the surrounding areas. Please stop by and see us today to check out our wide selection of interior and exterior Benjamin Moore paint.