In addition to dark wood flooring, accent walls are a great way to add color or contrast to a room. The wall doesn’t necessarily need to be painted entirely and it doesn’t even need to be a wall. A staircase, corner, part of a ceiling, closet and virtually any other open flat surface in a room can provide the backdrop for an accent.  Often on projects clients may not want to commit to a particular color for the entire wall and an accent wall is a great way to test out the color.  Often if the saturation or contrast offsets the other tones in the room painting one wall will suffice.  It’s much easier of course to repaint one wall than the whole room if the color doesn’t work.

In the examples below the contrast is strong but an accent can also have just a slight color variation from the other walls and be effective.  How the space is laid out, where the natural light hits and where the entrance to the room is are all factors on which wall to select.   In the first example the wall behind the desk is painted two slightly different tones.  The molding provides a frame for the colors and the color variation adds depth and texture to the space. In the second image the book shelf at the top of the wall as well as the shelf in the middle are accents to a white wall.  The bookshelf functions as an effective frame encasing the lighter and mixed tone artwork against the dark background.  The last three examples offer alternative options for accents including a corner “room within a room”, a staircase partition and a closet wall.