Mistakes to Avoid When Painting an Accent Wall

Interior Painting | April 22, 2022

When done right, accent walls can significantly increase the appeal of a room. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. While painting an accent wall may seem like a simple project, there are many elements to consider before you start applying paint or wallpaper. As a leading provider of high-quality interior painting solutions for all types of homes, the team at Dunbar Painting knows how deceptively complex certain projects can be. That is why we have compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid when painting an accent wall to help you prepare for your project.

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3 Common Mistakes When Painting an Accent Wall

The following mistakes are commonly made when painting an accent wall without sufficient prep or planning:

1. Choosing the Wrong Colour

If your walls are a neutral colour like white, beige, or grey, you may think that any colour will work for an accent wall. While this may make sense in theory, there are many other elements to consider when selecting an accent wall colour. In addition to the colour of the surrounding walls, be sure to consider the colour of your furniture, flooring, and décor, as these elements will drastically affect the final appearance of your room. It is also important to consider how the lighting in your room will affect the paint colour, as some types of light have a neutralizing effect. If a colour looks good in the paint store, you will need to confirm that it also looks good in your home.

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2. Picking the Wrong Wall

While there are only four walls to choose from in a room, certain walls are a much better choice for accent walls than others. While choosing the right wall will enhance the look of your room, choosing an ill-suited wall can create an eyesore that looks out of place. When selecting an accent wall, it is typically best to select the first wall you see when entering a room or the area of the room that is meant to be a focal point. For example, in a living room, this wall can be the area where the TV or fireplace is. It is typically best to avoid shorter walls or walls with many windows, curtains, or other obstructions.

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3. Damaging Surrounding Walls

If you are installing wallpaper or painting an accent wall, you will need to ensure that all surrounding surfaces are properly masked. It is also worth taking the time to ensure that your drywall is straight before starting any work as some older homes have slightly slanted walls.

To learn more about our interior painting solutions or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.