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Accent Wall: How to Choose the Colour Palette

Picking the perfect colour palette for your accent wall can be both difficult and confusing. To make your room look elegant, the number of colours you have is not important. What matters is - if the colour palette matches with the surrounding.

Choosing the perfect colour palette helps in providing a better visual ambience for your house. Experts also claim that colour can affect people’s mood. If you want to draw your guest’s attention to a particular part of your room, then accent walls are the best choice.

Consider these 5 things when choosing the colour palette for your accent wall.


Review the colour palette of your whole house

Before you choose a colour palette for your accent wall, the first thing you need to do is survey the colours used in your whole house and the individual rooms. Wall colours are the foundation for accent colours, and without having a proper idea of the foundation, you cannot build the visual structure.

Your accent colour must be complementary to the colour of your walls. Colours that do not complement each other will end up looking more bad than good.

Know the basic colour theory

Colour has the power to alter the way you feel and how you perceive your surroundings.

  • Warm Colour Theory

Warm Colour Theory focuses on how to use colours to make your space look smaller. Warm colour palettes are perfect for long or open rooms which need to be given a balanced look. Orange, red and yellow themes are well suited for this purpose.

  • Cool Colour Theory

The cool colour theory is precisely the opposite of the warm colour theory, as the name suggests. The colour would aim to make space look bigger and broader. If your room is small and you would like to make it seem large, choosing green, blue or purple themes will suit you the best.

Select Colour based on the Room’s Purpose

Before you choose the colour of your accent wall paint, first think of the purpose of your room. Just as each room has a separate purpose, each colour has a distinct psychological effect.

Have a look at the table below if you are interested in knowing which colour incites what emotion. Remember these are just suggestions. In the end, it all depends on what makes you happy.


Colour
Emotion it Stirs Up
Can be Used to
Appropriate For




RedExcitement, Energy, Attention, Passion and CourageStimulate, Encourage, Draw Attention, Create Urgency and CautionKitchen
Orange
Independent, Fun, Optimistic, Adventurous and Creativity
Stimulate, Express Freedom, Fascinate, Communicate Fun and Draw Attention
Exercise Room
Yellow
Opportunity, Positivity, Happiness, Enthusiasm and Spontaneity
Stimulate, Affect Mood, Energize, Encourage Relaxation and Awake Awareness
Kitchens, Dining Room and Bathrooms
Green
Safety, Leisure, Stability, Balance, Harmony and Reliability
Relax, Restore Energy, Encourage, Balance, Posses and Revitalize
Living Room, Family Room, Bedroom, Kitchen
Blue
Freedom, Trust, Self-Expression, Inner Security, Loyalty, Responsibility and Honesty
Secure, Inspire Trust, Create Order, Reduce Stress, Relax and Create Calmness
Family Room, Living Room, Large Kitchens, Bathroom
Purple
Sensitivity, Imagination, Mystery, Spirituality and Compassion
Create an Impression of Luxury, Encourage Creativity, Inspire, Intuition and Combine Wisdom and Power
Bedroom
Pink
Love, Compassion, Admiration, Playful and Immature
Increase Pulse, Motivate Action, Communicate Energy, Fascinate and Encourages Creativity
Children Room
Neutrals (Grey, White, Black and Brown)
Stability, Comfort, Reliability, Honesty, Natural, Practical, Formal, Neutral, Conservative, Quiet, Elegance, Authority, Power
Stabilise, Create Warmth, Imply Common Sense, Suppress Emotions, Mystery, Hide Feelings, Intimidate, Radiate Authority and Create Sense of Composure
Flexible





Know Your Room Better

Before you decide on which colour palette to choose, look at the items you have in your room and their colour. Having a lot of colours in a single room can be overwhelming. Instead, go for a unique hue and use tonal variations.

If you decide to decorate your room with plants, then you are already bringing a green accent in your room. You can elevate the look by choosing a green colour palette as the choice for your accent wall

Think about the purpose of your accent wall

What is the purpose of painting an accent wall?

Based on the purpose the colour palette can change. Are you aiming to break up the traditional look of neutral walls? Or you want to freshen up a tired looking space? Your choice of colour will depend on the purpose of your wall.


Accent walls are a designer’s opportunity to add a creative design element to a room. The most important thing about accent walls is the choice of colour palette. A wrong combination of colours will end up doing more harm than good. If you’re still not sure which colour palette will suit your accent wall, then contact the colour consultancy experts at Premier Painting Company.

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