The great thing about colors: They not only look good, but can also change the effect of the room on the right wall. Walls in warm tones ensure that a room looks cozy, cool tones convey a feeling of space. Here you will find tips and ideas on which wall you should paint.
It doesn’t have to be the whole room: You can change the mood in a room by just painting one wall. Check out how to add an accent wall to your living room, bedroom, and kitchen.
In this open living-dining area, the darkly painted accent wall provides an optical frame behind the dining table. The dark brown looks inviting and warm and separates the dining area from the rest of the room.
With a partially colored wall you can put a single piece of furniture in the limelight. In this living room, the accent wall in pink and yellow visually moves the sofa into the center of the living room.
In the bedroom, the wall behind your bed is ideal for an accent color: It creates a feeling of depth and emphasizes the bed as the center of the room. The gray blue wall makes this bright bedroom appear calmer and fresher.
In a kitchen without wall cabinets, you can highlight the kitchenette with a colored wall. In our example, the gray of the accent wall is coordinated with the gray-blue kitchen island, the remaining white walls make the kitchen look more open.
Wall colors look different on the display and in the paint bucket than on the wall. If you want to make sure that the color fits into your apartment, use a color fan or print out the color on a DIN A4 sheet of paper that you can hang on the wall as a test.
Colored walls are not for small rooms? On the contrary: with a few tips and tricks, a room with a selected wall color can appear a lot larger than it actually is.
A room looks higher when you paint the ceiling a light color. In addition to white, you can also choose cream, light sand tones and yellow. It looks particularly elegant when the ceiling color is a lighter shade of the wall color.
Vertical stripe patterns make the walls look longer and make the room appear higher. For this effect to work, however, the stripes should reach up to the ceiling.
To visually widen a tubular space, paint the front sides a darker color than the side walls. The accent color “compresses” the room – therefore this method is very suitable for long corridors – or bathrooms as in our example.
When small rooms are completely painted in one color, edges and transitions become blurred and the room appears larger. This works even better in small rooms with dark colors than with light tones.
Shiny instead of matt: a wall color with a silky shimmer effect creates a wider look. The light is reflected on the slightly shiny surface and thrown back into the room. In addition to glossy effect colors, there are also a few wall and ceiling colors that are equipped with the label glossy or silk-gloss.
Dark colors are great for making large rooms appear smaller. It doesn’t have to be an all-round look in gray. Almost every color is also available in darker shades.
Walls appear lower when they are painted in warm, dark colors: red tones, but also orange and pink, create a cozy atmosphere and make the walls look closer together.
A room looks lower when the ceiling is painted a dark color. For an even stronger effect, you can pull the ceiling paint down about 10-15 cm onto the walls, this visually lowers the ceiling even more.
Diagonal patterns make a room look smaller in no time. If you are not a fan of sloping lines, you can also use large-scale patterns. With adhesive tape, for example, you can create geometric shapes that you fill in with wall paints in different color nuances.
Matt instead of glossy: Matt colors look elegant and of high quality, because the pigments are particularly effective here. In our example, the matt light gray of the walls creates a nice contrast to the warm wood tone of the floor.
Sure, the color you choose should primarily suit your taste. You can also use wall colors specifically to create a certain spatial effect in your four walls.
Dark wall colors make a room look smaller. So you can make a large room cozy with dark red and earth tones. Light and cool colors have the exact opposite effect: light pastel shades such as light blue convey the feeling of space and make a small room appear more spacious.
In high rooms, you can optically lower the ceiling by painting it a darker color than the walls. The other way around, a room looks higher if you paint the ceiling a lighter shade than the walls.
A narrow room looks wider if you paint the front in a dark shade. Dark side walls and a light front wall make short rooms optically narrower and longer.
You haven’t dared to go for dark colors yet? Black walls look elegant and calm. If black is too extreme for you, anthracite, fir green or deep blue are good alternatives.
Dark walls act like a presentation area. The black wall in our example lets the colors in front of it shine and perfectly stages the individual picture on the wall.
In front of a gray wall, furniture and accessories look harmonious in different shades of gray. If you combine light and dark gray tones with other gray-tinged colors, the monochrome color scheme will still not look monotonous.
Combined with the black worktop in this kitchen, the dark gray accent wall looks classy and modern. Accessories in stainless steel and light wood loosen up the look and make the decidedly simple kitchen look less strict.
Two wall colors look particularly harmonious if they come from the same color family, such as orange and pink in our example. Use this rule for a two-tone wall to create a coherent and pleasant feeling of space.
A room with sloping ceilings looks more open and airy if you paint the slope a lighter shade than the knee stick. The effect is even intensified if you paint the knee stick or an accent wall in cool gray – like in this children’s room.
You can also divide a two-tone painted wall horizontally. The darker color should be applied in the lower area. On the upper half of the wall, a dark shade quickly becomes depressing. Striped patterns are also a great choice for two-tone walls.
You can also work with a gradient for a smooth transition. This works well if you use very similar colors, for example a pale light pink and old pink.