Consider This Before Choosing an Accent Paint Color

A blue accent wall in a white dining room.

An accent color is an easy upgrade, right? You just pick your favorite shade, slap it on a wall, and call it a day. Well, not so much.

According to one paint expert, before you pick up that paintbrush, you should consider everything about a space and its potential new color, including the light it gets throughout the day.

Catherine Crosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball, advises that you consider how natural light will change the look of a paint color throughout the day, as that’s what affects it the most.

“What might work in one room that is south-facing would look very different in a room that is north-facing,” Crosby said.

To gauge what a color will really look like at all times, Crosby recommends getting a sample card and observing it throughout the day as the light changes. Also, make sure to check it under artificial light. After all, you want a color that looks great all the time, even when it’s dark.

If you’re hesitant about committing to an accent wall, Crosby recommends incorporating color with accessories, instead. You can add exciting pops of color with wall décor or a bold rug.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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