An accent wall provides a visual focal point in any room and is a great way to add color and personality to a home. It can make a huge difference in a small space by drawing attention to the art on display or providing a bold backdrop for decorative accessories. An accent wall doesn’t have to be big – sometimes just painting a section of a wall can have a huge impact on your space. Whether you’re looking for bold colors or neutrals, here are 16 of the best paint colors for your accent wall.
1. Burnt Sienna by Benjamin Moore
Warm terracotta hues have been everywhere in recent years, from clothing to graphic design to home decor. Benjamin Moore Burnt Sienna is the perfect example, and will bring an earthy, earthy effect to any room it is used in. The hue adds warmth to a room with dark wood furniture or dark floors, but can also be used in a sparser modern space to add a pop of color amongst otherwise neutral hues.
2. October Mist by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2022 is October mist, a sage paint color that is both fresh and soothing. The brand describes the color as “evoking the stem of a flower, this lightly shaded sage anchors and uplifts.” It’s a great choice for rooms that would benefit from a little color, but where a bold or dark hue wouldn’t be welcome. A green accent wall in a bedroom or child’s room is a particularly good choice.
3. Incarnadine by Farrow & Ball
Those looking to add a bold visual touch to any room should consider a deep crimson like Incarnadine by Farrow & Ball. It would make a stunning addition to a dining room or living room filled with vintage treasures. In fact, it was inspired by David Hicks’ work at Barons Court in the 1970s. It’s a particularly great choice as a backdrop for art.
4. Benjamin Moore Violet Petal
Purple is known to be an uplifting color that inspires creativity and imagination. The warm shades of pale purple make it ideal for spaces where you want to relax after work or school, such as the bedroom or living room. Violet Petal by Benjamin Moore is a strong enough color to use for an accent wall, but is not such a bright color that it looks childish.
5. Farrow & Ball Railings
Black is an ever-popular choice for accent walls because it’s timeless and has a major impact. Black paint on an accent wall gives an illusion of depth because it contrasts so strongly against the lighter elements of the room. However, it tends to absorb light rather than reflect it like lighter colors do, so it’s best used in spaces with lots of natural light. Railings by Farrow & Ball is described by the brand as a “soft black” that is “more blue than black”. It is inspired by the color of ironwork and is a dramatic yet classic addition to any interior space.
6. Corn Stalk by Behr
Yellow is one of those colors that can bring warmth and energy to any space, but it will also help make a room feel brighter and more open. Corn stalk by Behr is a great choice for those who don’t necessarily want to make a big statement but rather want to subtly bring yellow into a room. It’s a mid-tone buttery yellow that would look great in a kitchen.
7. Arts and Crafts by Dunn-Edwards
Choosing a neutral color for an accent wall might not seem like an obvious choice, but opting for a neutral in a slightly darker tone can make a major impact without introducing bright hues. Warm browns are subtle and inviting – they don’t draw attention to themselves, but rather add warmth to the overall feel of a room. Arts and Crafts by Dunn-Edwards blends perfectly with other warm shades like cream and blush.
8. Sherwin-Williams Frank Blue
Blue is known to be a soothing color, but a bright blue like this one from Sherwin-Williams adds a lot of energy to a space. The best part about a bright blue accent wall is that it works well with almost any decorating style, from contemporary to traditional. Frank Blue Coordinates well with other cool neutrals like gray, making it a perfect choice as an accent wall in a room that already has light gray walls.
9. Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams chose evergreen fog as the color of the year 2022, so it will likely be a popular choice in the months to come. The brand describes the color as “a versatile and soothing hue, a chameleon color of gorgeous green-gray, with just a hint of blue.” They go on to say, “This is a simple yet sophisticated wash of beautiful organic colors for spaces looking for a subtle yet stunning hue.”
10. Mink Purple by Benjamin Moore
Looking to add color without introducing a rainbow hue? Consider a neutral-toned purple like Mink Purple by Benjamin Moore. It’s described as a “whimsical purple with warm, dusty red undertones” that might be a bolder alternative to something like medium gray. It can coordinate with warm or cool colors, including blue, yellow and cream.
11. Green Studio by Farrow & Ball
A dark green accent wall evokes evergreen forests and English hunting lodges, bringing both a sense of nature and history to any space. It’s sophisticated, luxurious, and yet it practically feels like a neutral. Studio Green by Farrow & Ball resembles a chameleon, appearing almost black in dimly lit rooms and lighter green in well-lit spaces.
12. Sunwashed Brick by Behr
Blush hues have been everywhere for a few years now and it doesn’t seem like the trend is going away. While pink tones have generally been seen as feminine, they are evolving to have a reputation as a trendy neutral. Choosing the right tone is however essential to prevent a space from looking like a child’s room. Behr Sunwashed Brick is soft and sophisticated, and would make a punchy accent in a living room or bedroom.
13. Breathe by Graham & Brown
Choosing a pale color for an accent wall adds contrast and visual interest without becoming the focal point of the space. It’s also a perfect choice for those who aren’t ready to commit to painting an entire room. Pale blue, like Breathe by Graham & Brownis not only soothing and calming, but it is also very versatile, working in almost any room of the house.
14. Babouche by Farrow & Ball
When used as an accent color, bright yellow can be incredibly effective. Yellow is great for adding warmth to a room and is also a great complementary color to green tones. It’s bright and sunny, but it can also be too intense for some spaces. Babouche by Farrow & Ball is inspired by the yellow shoes worn by Moroccan men and makes a major statement if used in the right space.
15. Sherwin Williams Pepper Pepper
Dark gray has long been a popular choice for accent walls, but can look completely different depending on the tone and color temperature. Sherwin-Williams Pepper is a crisp, cool gray that looks beautiful in rooms with white trim and crown molding. It also works well on kitchen cabinets, adding a moody accent to any kitchen.
16. Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball
The impact of a dark blue accent wall on a room can be dramatic as this color is often associated with power, elegance and wealth. Farrow & Ball Hague Blue has been popular for years as it evokes a classic European feel that never goes out of style. It is inspired by painted Dutch woodwork and is named after The Hague. A dark teal accent wall in a color like this is the perfect pick for an accent in the living room and dining room.