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A Guide to Painting Accent Walls

Painting an accent wall is a great way to add personality while still preserving the relaxing quality of your home. It’s also one of the easiest ways to make an outdated space feel fresh again—and it can do wonders for a room with bland colours or furniture. 

Here's what you need to know before getting started.

1. Choose the right colour

The first thing you need to do is choose the right colour for your accent wall. This can be tricky because there are so many factors that go into choosing the perfect hue. For example, do you want something bright and bold? Or soft and muted? Do you want something that will complement your existing furniture? Or do you want something that will stand out from it?

Regardless of the paint you choose, make sure you like the colour in every type of lighting. 

2. Prepare the area

Once you've decided on a colour, it's time to prepare the area! 

First, tape off the accent wall from adjoining walls. This step is important since the accent wall is going to be a different colour from the rest of the room. Clean, straight lines will help the final product look polished. 

Second, tape off any trim on your accent wall with painter's tape, making sure to cover up any electrical outlets or light switches that might get covered in paint accidentally during this process. While you’re at it, lay down a tarp to protect the floor from falling paint.

Lastly, prepare the accent wall by cleaning it of any dirt or debris. This step will help paint adhere to the wall better. Cleaning the wall is easy! Make a mild solution with warm water and a few drops of soap. Then, use a sponge or cloth to wipe down the wall. Let the wall dry before adding paint. 

3. Primer

Primer is a thin layer of paint that goes down first and attaches to your walls, giving the rest of your paint something to stick to. It's made out of special materials that help it bond to your wall, so when you apply your final paint colour, later on, it won't chip or peel off. 

The kind of primer you use depends on what kind of surface you're painting and how much prep work needs to be done before painting. You can buy pre-mixed paints in most hardware stores, but if you want something more custom-made, consider getting help from a professional painter (like us!). Contact us today for a free estimate!

4. Paint colour 

After the primer has dried, add your final paint colour. 

The best way to paint the accent wall is to start from the top corners and work from the ceiling to the floor. Use a small angled brush for the corners and a roller for the rest of the wall.

Make sure to add two coats of paint for the best finish!

We Can Help

Accent walls are one of our favourite projects to do. We can help select the perfect colour and paint your dream accent wall. Our team will work with you during every step to make sure you love the final product. Contact us for a free estimate.