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Accent Walls in Bathrooms and Kitchens

If you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your bathroom or kitchen, there’s nothing like an accent wall to add a little bit of personality. Rooms that are all the same color can look clean and refreshing, and this is definitely desirable for kitchens and bathrooms. But they can also look a bit drab. Adding a little pop of color can do wonders for a kitchen or bathroom, and the possibilities in terms of mixing and matching are practically endless. If you are thinking about adding an accent wall, here are some questions to get you started.

Which wall should I use?

The classic test for determining which wall to use as the accent is to see where your gaze falls as soon as you walk into a room. Since the accent wall is what is determining the overall ambiance, you’ll want it to be the first thing that people see when they enter the space.

What’s the style of your kitchen or bathroom?

The accent wall is supposed to, well, accentuate the style you already have in a room. Definitely take a look at the colors you already have – if you have light walls, you’ll want to go with something a little darker, and vice versa – but also take the style into consideration. If you have a sleek, modern kitchen, an accent wall with a geometric design might be just right, but it could detract from the more natural look of a farmhouse kitchen, for example.

Would a pattern or a solid color work better?

Interior design is really a balancing act, and this is something to keep in mind as you’re deciding whether you want the accent wall to be patterned or a solid color. If your kitchen has a relatively simple layout and you keep it pretty tidy, an accent wall with a design could add visual interest. If you have white or gray cabinets and a countertop made of wood or stone, an accent wall in a solid color will actually add the illusion of depth to your kitchen or bathroom.


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How will the accent wall work with the appliances and working features of the kitchen?

It’s easy to get caught up in the color of the walls, countertops, and floors while overlooking other elements like the refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink. But these are a part of the overall look, too! If you have a stainless steel farm sink, for example, you may opt for tiles or brick to match the sink’s bold lines. Don’t feel tied to the current look of your appliances, though! Smaller ones can be stowed away and you can always get a dishwasher panel or refrigerator panel to change the overall look.

Do you want the accent wall to be subtle or bold?

Even if the color of the accent wall is just a variation on the color scheme you’ve already got going on, it can make a major difference! This is because the accent wall takes up a considerable amount of space. It’s easy to underestimate how big of an impact a subtle difference in shade can make. Homeowners frequently make the mistake of going just a little bit too bold because they don’t really know how much the accent wall will stand out.



How permanent do you want the accent wall to be?

Designing your accent wall can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint and as elaborate as adding a new brick wall. If you tend to like a lot of variation from one year to the next, just painting your accent wall is a pretty quick way to change things up. But if you are looking for something longer-lasting, then why not go the extra mile with tile, reclaimed wood, or even mosaic? This article on backsplash ideas is a good place to start for designs that you can also apply to the entire accent wall.


Choosing an accent wall is ultimately a matter of personal taste, but our specialists at Nelson Cabinetry are always here to give you expert advice. We also offer free 3D kitchen design so you can get a good sense of how to make your dreams into reality!

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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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