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Colour ideas for your accent wall

Updated on July 3, 2011

Accent Wall

If you are looking to reinvent your living space or bedroom without spending a lot of cash, then adding a new colour scheme can do the trick! Choosing your new colour scheme can be a challenge for some, but if done correctly, the impact can be huge. Having an accent wall in your scheme is now very popular and is promoted in many paint company brochures. As the choice of colour for your accent wall can be like waving a magic wand over your space, all brochures offer many accent wall suggestions and demonstrate this in their alluring photos. The choice of colour combination can create depth, height, width and atmosphere; what does your room require?

This article suggests a number of modern and original colour combinations to use for your accent wall. Your accent wall does not have to be painted, you could use wallpaper with the same colour scheme if you want to add pattern to a plain room.

Each combination will offer your room a different look, so which do you want? Choose the combination for you, then reinvent your living space and enjoy your accent wall!

Purple love

 Purple is a deep and romantic colour that can offer drama to any room. Maybe most suited to the bedroom, 'Purple love' combines a strong aubergine accent wall with soft pink hues. The dark aubergine will add depth to a small room. Use the aubergine on one accent wall, usually the bedhead wall or fireplace wall, so the colour can also be broken up with a mirror or picture. Accessorise your purple love accent wall combination with silvers and hot pinks, or golds and reds for a modern take.

Accent Wall

Modern Gold

If you are not afraid of colour and have a large room that you would like to reinvent, this is my top choice for a modern accent wall! Dark and sultry, yet pops with colour. Combine a yellow gold wall with a dark slate accent wall; truly different, yet stunning. Suitable for living or bedroom areas yet darker than most people dare to go. If three yellow walls are too much for your area, swap the scheme around, or go for a lighter shade. Finish the contemporary look with grey woodwork and multi coloured accessories; this combination will hold many other accent colours.

Accent Wall

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Accent Wall
Accent Wall
Accent Wall

Natural Calm

Green is commonly recognised as one of the most calming colours in the spectrum, so perfect for any room that you like to relax in. Natural Calm colours are earthy, using subtle differences rather high impact for your accent wall. This scheme uses pea green and olive green; very different tones of the same colour that reflect freshness and maturity all at once. These colours can be used to highlight more than one accent wall. Use the more subtle olive shade on the end wall if you want to create depth, or on two walls to create width. A beautiful colour combination that is demure, yet refreshing. Go and get a tester pot now and try it out.

Accent Wall

Accent Wall
Accent Wall

Countryside Red

 Red is a wonderful colour in the world of the accent wall, as it's many shades can be used in combination with an array of colours and creates drama and interest with ease. If you prefer a more neutral colour scheme for your home, but would like to be brave and try an accent wall, maybe this combination is for you. Hay cream walls with a maroon accent wall is a softer version of the classic red and white. The creamy hue of the walls means you can accessorise with browns and creams, keeping the drama of the maroon confined to your chosen accent wall. A great start for newbies and colour phobes.

Accent Wall

Accent Wall
Accent Wall

Cool to go!

 Grey is one of my favourite colour options as it so versatile and seems to transform any colour pairing into a modern classic. 'Cool to go' is a scheme most suited to a bathroom, as the colour are too cool for a living area. Blue and grey in the bathroom is perfect, as it looks clean and fresh. Go for a soft pale grey wall teamed with aqua marine / turquoise as your punchy accent wall. Choose a where the colour will have the most impact. Accessorise with white, dark grey and black. Classy and cool!

Accent Wall

Accent Wall
Accent Wall


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