Pop with a plan: How to choose a paint colour for your accent wall

Pop with a plan: How to choose a paint colour for your accent wall

Most people can easily name their favourite colour, but it’s not always so simple to choose accent wall paint that suits your space. While it can be overwhelming to consider all the choices and tips you’ll gather from just an hour’s Pinterest-boarding, take our advice on choosing a colour that works for you. And remember – it’s just paint. You can always change it!

Lime green wall behind a charcoal grey sofa

  1. Work the colour wheel

Start with our tips on how to use colour in your interior design to get a feel for combining. If you’re redesigning a whole room, you can use your accent wall colour as a jumping-off point for picking your furniture and textiles. However, if you’re looking to refresh a room with existing furniture, take stock of the colours you already see in your room. A navy blue sofa might inspire an opposite-of-the-colour-wheel pairing of sunny yellow or burnt orange, for example, or a favourite pattern in a throw or cushion cover might see you picking up the same stunning green for your wall.

A man's hand holding up a selection of paint chips against a white wall

  1. Share what you wear

If you’re feeling truly clueless, the answer might be in your wardrobe. Your favourite colour to wear will seldom disappoint you on your walls. If you always get compliments on a deep red dress or a sky blue shirt, you can use paint swatches to match, or even bring the garment to your local Benjamin Moore paint store and have them reproduce the colour for you.

Man pouring light pink paint into a roller tray

  1. Making it match

The most important thing to consider when selecting your accent colour is how it will blend with your other walls. A crisp white background seems obvious, but it can be tricky to pull off, especially if you’re trying to pair a cool purple paint with warm white walls, for example. A fail-safe solution is to paint the rest of the space in the lightest shade of the accent tone you’ve selected. A quick look at a paint swatch or advice from a paint expert will put you on the right track.

Person painting a wall charcoal grey using a roller

  1. The last word

An accent wall doesn’t necessarily have to be bold to be effective. If the palette for your room is tones of grey or beige, for example, a charcoal or muted brown will bring the drama without the fear of a shock-and-awe effect when you have company. This trend is showing no signs of fading away, so embrace your colour dreams and pick up your paint brush.


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