As far as home projects go, painting one wall is the easiest way to tackle the look, and it doesn’t take a lot of time or money.
Decide which wall you want to highlight. Maybe it’s the wall behind your bed in the master bedroom or the wall the stove sits against in the kitchen.
Pick out colors, and test a few sample colors on the wall (or tape up paint chips). Look at the colors at all hours of the day to see how lighting affects the shade. Keep in mind that the color does not need to match everything perfectly in the space. If you go with an accent wall, leave the rest of the finishes or walls neutral. You don’t want too much competing against what can be a dramatic space.
Bold is Beautiful
Get ready to paint! If you’re planning on doing it yourself, wipe down the walls, prime (if needed) and prep the space with drop cloths and painters tape.
Do one light, even coat, and let it dry as suggested by the paint’s manufacturer. It’s better to paint several light coats rather than one thick coat.
Wallpaper is enjoying a resurgence of sorts in the design world and can be another easy way to add visual interest to a space. Like paint, it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to apply.
If you’re looking for a more bold look, statement walls in brick, salvaged wood or graphic tile are other design options but often require the assistance of a professional.
About Kathy Speas: An award winning Colorado Springs Interior Designer and space planner, Kathy Speas is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and an expert on incorporating style, comfort, and livability into your home and lifestyle. SpeasInteriorDesign.com.