Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Accent Walls: Do or Don't?

The other day a client asked me what I thought of accent walls. She had been into Pottery Barn to look at furniture for her son's room and the PB lady suggested to her that the color we had picked out, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, would be too dark for the room and that an accent wall would be better. First of all, I don't know about you all but I am so not an accent wall type of girl. Aside from showing a complete lack of commitment to a room, I feel like it's something Frank from Trading Spaces would do, and when I think of that I automatically think of stencils. Just for the heck of it I thought I would Google "accent wall" and oh my lawd, you should try it. There were some pictures I wanted to put on my Pinterest Humor board! So anyway, long story short, I am not convinced that accent walls are the way to go, but I know some people might feel differently so lets vote on it! Accent walls- are they a do or a don't?

 I for one think there are plenty of ways (if you are not brave enough to go all out) to use a bold or dark color without limiting it to one wall in a room, and my favorite solution is to use beadboard, and crisp white wood as contrast. 

For the record this was the only picture I liked after my accent wall Google search... 

ignore the ceiling, I don't know whats going on there

Images via
Trad Home, Christina Murphy, Pink Wallpaper, Apartment Therapy
JK Palace Capri, Pinterest


  1. Wow! I never really gave it that much thought. In general I would tend to agree with you that an accent wall is not as dramatic as painting an entire space in one color. But, I also believe that there are always situations where the rule can be broken and it will work, like in the last picture you posted. How's that for lack of commitment. :)

  2. I have an accent wall. ONLY because the color that was underneath was that 8 years ago red. I did one wall, and it was super dark so I just stopped there.

  3. No, I commit to the whole thing! (White beadboard is good, too, though) ~ Lovely blog; I'm a new follower!
    Anne ♥

  4. these photos are gorgeous !!
    love love the navy blue :D
    and your blog its stunning !!

  5. I just painted my son's room Hale Navy. It looks amazing. So glad I did it.

  6. I have them and hate them. Unfortunately they are red!

  7. I love all your responses!
    Glad to know I am not the only one who's not an accent wall fan!

  8. Hmmmm. You got me thinking there! But, I made my decision. It's a “yes” to the accent walls! Of course, it depends on where you place the accent wall and how you decorate it. Usually, accent walls are the focal point of the whole room that makes the room more alive.



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