Have you ever heard the term “too much of a good thing?” Of course you have. This general advice is typically applied to food, caffeine, and a myriad of other things that can harm us or at least make things uncomfortable if indulged in to excess. Be that as it may, today I am here to tell you that this rule, without a doubt should be a primary guiding factor when considering the design of your home, more specifically with regards to feature walls and accents.
Let me tell you a story about a painter I once knew. He had zero design sense himself (his words not mine), but did a lot of work in design homes that were meant to be high end show pieces. It is fairly common for these types of homes to be relatively design forward and they will most definitely have one or two feature walls with bold colours and flashy accents. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, being bold in moderation can be a great way to make a space sing and show off some of your personality….key words…in moderation. One day he came across such an example of bold colours displayed in an otherwise neutral space, a white washroom had a lime green accent wall. He fell in love. Now, I have seen bold colours work exceptionally well in home design, (and for the record, when I say bold, I mean, bright as the sun bold) it can definitely be done!
Sadly, things did not work out so well for our painter. He decided that he loved the look of this washroom so much that he wanted to replicate it in his own home. This isn’t a bad idea, and sometimes visiting show homes can indeed be a good way of getting inspiration. The problem was, he took it a few steps too far and decided that if one lime green wall looked good, then if he painted all the walls in that colour, it would look phenomenal. Wrong! The end result was something that was far too garish for any one home, was a room I definitely would not want to mess with if feeling unwell or experiencing a headache and made anyone looking into the vanity mirror appear as if they had Jaundice.
However, don’t let this scare you away from making bold design decisions since the opposite is also true. When I moved into my apartment, the building manager casually mentioned the accent wall and I thought he was joking (you can see it if you concentrate hard enough, are looking for it, and someone points it out to you… but for all intents and purposes, it is non-existent). Too few accents and well, you run the risk of an interior space that is non-descript and boring, this is also the definition of most get-away cars. You do not want your home to be a get-away car!
The over use of accent walls in terms of one coloured wall within a room is a trend that has started to fade this year, and it is likely in part because people have a tendency to overdo it. Another likely reason is that having a full scale accent wall can seem daunting. If you are faced with the dilemma of wanting to jazz up your home, but are not comfortable with the idea of an accent wall, consider incorporating accent decor, furnishing or artwork to create a similar effect These methods can often have an even greater impact than the use of a coloured accent wall alone.