Best Paint Colors for Accent Walls


An accent wall can define a space, add interest to a room and even highlight an architectural feature of your home. But with endless paint color options to choose from, how do you decide which color is the best for an accent wall in your home? I spoke with Kathy Basil of Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis to get her opinion on the subject.

Kathy starts out by emphasizing not all walls are suitable accent walls. There needs to be a reason for an accent wall and it needs to make sense in the overall design plan. A fireplace wall, a headboard wall or a window wall all make good accent wall candidates. The great thing about accent walls is that they allow you to incorporate bold colors into your home without committing all four walls.

Benjamin Moore Crystalline AF-485


Enchanted 2070-50 Walls | Ice Mist OC-67 Fireplace


Accent walls don’t always have to be paint, either. Wallpaper works great for accent walls.

Thibaut Wallpaper Savoy


Scion Wallpaper

For more tips on painting and DIY projects, check out this article from BenjaminMoore.com: DIY Home Paint Projects and Inspiration.

2 Responses
  1. Munsell Color

    I’m enjoying the room in the third picture, especially because the color is generally the same except for a lighter pattern which is the accent. It really makes the wall look perfect and full even without anything else on it.

    1. Marsha

      Thanks for the comment; I now know about a little about Munsell Color. It’s a whole new world for me; color charts for honey and pumpkins? Who knew?

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