Accent Wall ~ To Do or Not To Do

So it turns out our area rug for the library might not be in for another couple weeks.  I've toyed with the idea of making the wall with the canvas on it an accent wall, because it is at the end of a longer skinnier room.  Hoping it might create some more depth.  With the room staying empty for another week or two my thought is if I want to do the accent wall it should be now or never.


Below is a sample of the toss pillow that will be on our large, round chocolate brown chair.  The drapes are what we'll hang up, but they're a bit more apple green in person.  Our bookcases are a dark, dark brown. 


The only color accent wall I can see working is just a darker neutral.  What color do you think could work?  Cause I'm not sure if I want a darker neutral accent wall with all the dark furniture.


So it turns out photo 3128198-1  So it turns out photo 3128198-2   So it turns out photo 3128198-3

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 1:44 am
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when you ask for the paint color you choose, ask them to make it 2 shades darker for that wall.


I have a friend that did that with her kitchen/dining room. It gives a little difference without having a completely different color or in your case more brown.

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 2:54 am
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I agree with markande, two shades darker than what you have currently will work perfectly.  I did that in my master bedroom with neutral colors as well.  Here is a pic, please note this room is not completed as I have nothing on the walls, and we've since changed the comforter to a lighter colored quilt... but it shows both wall colors.


I agree with markande photo 3128378-1

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markande that is a good idea, and never really dawned on me.  Since it was a custom color that the builder did, I was not looking forward to picking paint chips and trying to match the tone.


mis1110 I didn't realize that two shades was that much darker, but I like it!  Definitey an option to consider :)

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I guess I should clarify...  the darker is two blocks darker on the paint chips... If that is techincally two shades darker IDK colors are wierd (as an architect I deal with this a lot at work, shades of colors are difficult and touchy)  But it will also depend on the color itself our colors were somewhat on the darker side so the change is a little more drastic.  


I also picked the darker color first and went lighter for the rest of the room and the color just a shade darker than the lighter one used (hope that wasn't confusing) didn't have enough of a contrast for what I was looking for.  So you may need to look at it that way and look into both the next shade darker and the one after that just to get the contrast you are looking for.  If you want it to be a suttle contrast then maybe the next shade darker will work and you won't need to go two shades.  Like I said before some colors the step from one to the next is a little more drastic than others.


 


Good Luck!  and don't fear the accent walls!  I've done then in quite a few rooms over the years (I don't have pictures of most though)  I did a bedroom that had sage walls on majority of them and an accent wall of cranberry/burgandy color.  I also did a lighter beige than what is in that picture with a very dark moss/hunter green (it sorta looked like the army green, that's how dark it was)


 


I look at paint this way, it's paint and cheap in comparison to other home improvement finishes, try it and if it doesn't work out, change it!  (that does only work if you don't mind painting though...)


 


 


Sorry I rambled there! :)

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mis1110 I'm not afraid of accent walls in general, just for this room!  LOL.  It doesn't have a door, as it opens onto a hallway that leads to an open floor plan.  And we don't ever want to put doors on it (although French doors could look cute).  So the color of the walls right now matches what is in the hallway and open floor plan....so I don't think picking the dark shade and going backwards works in this case (or at least for me, haha).  But I can see how picking the dark color and working backwards works for other rooms.  I might take the paint in and see if they can get it darker and look at a sample before ordering the big ol' can of it.  Thanks!

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 5:28 am
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I love the two shades darker suggestion! That was actually my first thought, although I also think you could pull in what looks like a kind of peachy or golden color (in the painting) as well. Both would look nice with the green accents without being overpowering.

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I think that is your best bet, get a sample and see how it turns out... never hurts to try...


 


fromcoldtofire has a good point, if that canvas is staying you can always pull a color from there (I too like the peachy or golden color too) Pull it all together nicely!

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 8:10 am
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I would go with an accent color that will really make the furniture and your green accents pop!!  Like maybe a Pottery Barn-ish muted orange shade would work?  I think it would look amazing!! :)


I would go with photo 3129097-1

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Oops, sorry I totally forgot to mention that the canvas on the wall is going to be gone!  We ordered a large canvas of this wedding photo for that wall:


Oops sorry I totally photo 3129113-1

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 9:40 am
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I agree with the other girls who have said to keep it in the same color family, but a few shades darker.


We did this with our spare bedroom, but with greys


 

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When you said a wedding canvas, I immediately thought of your gorgeous aqua/red color scheme and thought the orange would clash... but now that I see the pic you've enlarged, I don't think it would clash with muted orange at all.  :)  Since there is no aqua in the photo, it would still work.  Your red bouquet and the green trees would look great against that color!  The orange I posted is still very earthy and neutral, so I think it would compliment the earthy tones in the photo! :)

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I'm going to have some wine with dinner, then go look at colors!  See what we come up with.

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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This looks very cool and chic!

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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Tonight we purchased 'Toasted Chestnut'.  It looks different to me in person than on the monitor, but you get the idea.  I hope it doesn't look horrible!  We'll know by the end of the weekend...


Tonight we purchased Toasted photo 3129638-1

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Yay, you went with an orange-y hue!!! :)  (I think, I googled it... is it by Behr?) I found this pic online, and I think it's gonna look gaaaaawgeous!! :)


Yay you went with photo 3129734-1

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Thanks, Allie!  It is Behr!  I like Benjamin Moore too, but they close at 6pm during the week. 


I hope it looks good with all the dark furniture, but I'm thinking it should.  It's funny, because our house is a custom color by the builder, so we matched it to an Oatmeal color Behr has.  We were looking at darker neutrals and they all felt so cool.  We then started looking at the Style Color cards, and they paired the Oatmeal with the Chestnut and we loved it.  I was then like "wait, this is kind of what Allie described!".  LOL.

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 2:00 am
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I can't wait to see how it turns out,  Your luck with the darker neutrals is what I was talking about with colors being funny... 


 


You should be fine with the dark furniture, we have out living room painted a golden color and have a huge dark brown leather sectional and I think it works well...


please excuse the mess, taken in the middle of unpaking/organizing and again I have yet to hang anything on my walls...


I can t wait photo 3130498-1

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mis1110 that room does look great!  I'm excited to paint the wall this weekend!  I just have to stain a frame for one of our outside doors, first.  I can't wait to see how it comes out.  Then our area rug and canvas need to hurry up so we can finish the room!  haha.


And no worries, no judgments here!  We got engaged 10 days after moving into our house, so even though I still did little things here & there during the planning process, I'm just starting to tackle all the other decor I put off!

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I am the worst when it comes to hanging stuff on the walls... I can never make up my mind, with what I want where.  DH doesn't care for holes in the walls so I feel bad hanging something and then changing my mind... So I take my good ole time trying to figure out what I want where...


 


He leaves on Sunday for two weeks, I just may tackle hanging somethings in his absence and he'll be none the wiser if I hang them and move them before he comes back! LOL

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

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