Out with the Accent Walls, in with the Accent Colors

For me, finding the perfect paint color is the ultimate task. It took me 5 different paint stores to find the right color for our living room and dining room because nothing was just quite right. Now that we are tackling the upstairs of our home, I am back at it finding the PERFECT paint color for each room.

One thing you will not find in our house in relation to paint is accent walls. Although common in the early 2000’s, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but gone are the days of one wall with a bold color complimenting the other three. I recently showed a house in which both the living room and the dining room donned accent walls. Despite the contemporary furniture, the house felt weirdly dated.

Also, as someone who works primarily with first time home buyers, I have noticed that buyers tend to gravitate towards the homes with neutral walls as it is easier for them to picture themselves and their furniture in the home with out the distraction of bold colors. Bold colors can often lead to room sizes looking smaller and comments related to how much work might be needed when painting over it.

For those with accent walls in your house, don’t feel the need to cover them up because there are some exceptions, however for those unable to paint your own walls because you are renting, or, you have the desire to paint your favorite bold color on the wall, don’t worry, I have a solution for you!

Accent colors! By implementing your go-to color in your décor versus your paint color, you still get to express your personal style but save yourself the pain when you decide you’re over it. For us, our go to color was D’s favorite, orange. Never do I think I would have been able to manage an orange wall, especially in my living room, but also because it would not create the sophisticated, relaxing feel I wanted in my entertaining space.

Through candles and throw pillows, as well as vases and more we have implemented a little bit of orange here and there in our home without it being too in your face like an orange wall would do.

living room sofa table living room vignette whiskey crate and vintage books fireplace vignette living room sectional living room

Overall, the orange has brought some interest into our otherwise neutral home but its not too hard to switch things up if we decided to use other colors. Another reason I like having accent colors is that they are easy to alter the feel of your home especially for each season. Around Christmas, my decor is primarily red and silver, so by keeping my accent colors strictly in the decor it is easy to prevent clashing and I can move things around until the holiday is over.

Now don’t get me wrong, for those of you who love an accent wall, by all means, stay true to your bold self and get that bright color on the wall. Ultimately, its you living in your home and you should be able to paint the walls what ever color your heart desires. Especially if you don’t have any plans to move soon now is the time.

 

What do you think? Did I hit the mark, or am I way off about accent walls? Comment below!

XO,

CoCo

76 Comments on Out with the Accent Walls, in with the Accent Colors

  1. Sarah
    February 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, I love the pops of orange. I would really love to redecorate my entire home!

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  2. Yona Williams
    February 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm (4 years ago)

    When we were trying to sell our house, we had to give in and paint the walls in two rooms a neutral color. I guess some people didn’t want a room with three gold walls and ceiling, with one crimson red wall…lol. I love the pops of orange in the room…great accent pieces.

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  3. CourtneyLynne
    February 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Awwwwww luvssss ittt!!!! Just love how that little bit of color livens up everything!

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  4. HilLesha
    February 25, 2016 at 6:02 am (4 years ago)

    Everything is beautifully decorated! I love the pops of orange, which is one of my favorite colors.

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  5. Carolyn
    February 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this! I had a friend who had 1 black wall and 3 red… talk about a headache! I prefer a beige or white wall and not much else. Pillows are definitely my favorite way to brighten up a room. They’re so easy to switch out based on the season.

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  6. Cristina
    February 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm (4 years ago)

    First, I love orange. But also the idea that you don’t have to commit to a whole wall of one color but still make a splash!

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  7. Brianna
    February 24, 2016 at 3:28 am (4 years ago)

    Very pretty combination of colors and sunlight. I really enjoyed all the pictures.

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  8. Toni
    February 24, 2016 at 3:19 am (4 years ago)

    I laughed out loud on this one because about 12 years ago my husband came home from work to a brightly-painted accent wall in our living room. Thankfully I’ve moved past that stage and am now opting for accent items.

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    • CoCo
      February 24, 2016 at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m fortunate that Daniel would pretty much trust any decor decision I make, but I think he appreciates that I keep it neutral 80% of the time!

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  9. Toughcookiemommy
    February 24, 2016 at 1:36 am (4 years ago)

    This is such a warm and inviting room. I think I would be able to get a lot of work done in such a comfortable environment.

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    • CoCo
      February 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm (4 years ago)

      I find it harder to get work done because all I want to do is relax in our recliners!

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  10. Eva/ Kid Minds
    February 24, 2016 at 1:30 am (4 years ago)

    Love all the colors in your pics! I spent a lot of time picking the right shade of grey color for our kitchen to pull together furniture and curtains and what do you know… When I got back home with the kids after the painting was done, it was greenish grey that didn’t match anything. Grr…. The Home Depot used one of these automatic machines for color matching and it matched it all wrong… the painter didn’t know what color it should be and went ahead with what he had… I hated it only the first few years…. LOL…. who has time to do this project again… I think in another ten years we will re-do the color.

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    • CoCo
      February 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh no! Thats why I always swatch colors on the wall prior to having the painters come!

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  11. KRYSTLE COOK
    February 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I love a pop of color. My pop of color is yellow on an otherwise neutral setting. Yellow just makes me feel happy.

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    • CoCo
      February 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Any citrus color like orange, yellow, or lime can make for great pops of color against an otherwise neutral decor!

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  12. Beeb Ashcroft
    February 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm (4 years ago)

    My husband and I can’t decide if we want to do accent colors or paint our walls. I love what you’ve done but we don’t like having very many things sitting on our tables or couch and such.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Theres always ways you can bring in color without paint! if you don’t want to have things out on your tables or couch you could always have a big piece of art work!

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  13. TaMara
    February 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m over accent walls too! It’s much more fun to add pops of colors with decor instead. Looks great!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Agreed! Thanks

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  14. Rose Sahetapy
    February 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I recently done paint and decor our home. It’s big deal chosing paint colors, and accentuate it with home decor that fit with the wall color. Love the orange color accents, it pops up the entire room.

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  15. Kim
    February 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I only liked the accent wall trend because I was lazy to paint! haha, good to know its over with!

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  16. Pam
    February 23, 2016 at 6:15 am (4 years ago)

    Since we rent a lot (military), I’m definitely a fan of accent colors! I actually change my accent colors out a few times throughout the year to coincide with different holidays. It helps keep things feeling fresh when we can’t paint the walls.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

      YES! Love my orange decor but when I want me red and silver around Christmas, I am thankful I can removed it and it doesn’t clash!

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  17. Stacey
    February 23, 2016 at 5:55 am (4 years ago)

    Lol – I have accent walls in bright colors 🙂 I also have a lot of orange accent pieces in our home as orange is not a color that I would paint a wall. But I love the pop of brightness it brings.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Stay true to your bold self! Its your home and if you love an accent wall you go for it!

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  18. Koninika
    February 23, 2016 at 3:08 am (4 years ago)

    The subtle and peaceful tones, colors and hues, they are all so beautiful ! Love the decorations and organization. Beautifully done!

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  19. Amber Nelson
    February 23, 2016 at 2:09 am (4 years ago)

    I’ll tell you what, I am a huge fan of orange. It just makes a room so cheery!

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  20. Amanda
    February 23, 2016 at 12:40 am (4 years ago)

    I seriously love the orange in this home! An accent wall surely can make you feel that the room is closing in, so just using a accent color makes a lot of sense.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:38 pm (4 years ago)

      It does indeed! Still bright and cheery but easier to change!

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  21. Deb- It's me, debcb!
    February 23, 2016 at 12:21 am (4 years ago)

    We had a huge blue wall in our first home so I get it. Love the orange!

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  22. Debra
    February 23, 2016 at 12:13 am (4 years ago)

    I would be so scared to accent with orange, but it is AMAZING! So amazing! I love the little pops of color.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Orange is definitely a little more bold than people would like to go but we have quite a large room to fill so it works! I also make sure there is not too much orange in one place so that it isn’t too in your face!

      Reply
  23. Vicky
    February 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm (4 years ago)

    We recently painted and decided against an accent wall. I’m glad we did. Love the difference made by pops of color!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes you will definitely be glad you did especially when it comes time to sell!

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  24. Sandy KS
    February 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I think you hit the nail on the head. Accents are a thing of the past. As first time home buyers are looking to paint and re-do the rooms as they envision. Not try and find furniture to match already painted walls.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm (4 years ago)

      Agreed!

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  25. Cookilicious
    February 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Nice decor. Love the orange theme. My drawing room is also orange – grey theme. 🙂

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:40 pm (4 years ago)

      The color scheme really does work well together!

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  26. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    February 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the idea of accent colors. I feel like my house is so bland sometimes and could sure use some color.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

      There can be a thing as too many neutrals but little pops of colors sure help!

      Reply
  27. Megan McCoig
    February 22, 2016 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

    Love the pop of orange, I think it really works with the colour scheme. You have a fantastic eye for decor as the areas looking so so nice!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for the love!

      Reply
  28. Dogvills
    February 22, 2016 at 6:42 am (4 years ago)

    You have a beautiful home. Orange is a fun color and it definitely gave your home a nice accent.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, it definitely helps liven up a bigger neutral space!

      Reply
  29. Charlotte
    February 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I have never considered using colours from decor to brighten up a room, we dont really have an accent wall either its all black, grey and white in ours :p

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

      I love all black, white and greys! If it were up to me, and I had a home with the right architecture I would totally do something similar, but my 100 year old home needs something a little warmer!

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  30. Ana De- Jesus
    February 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I know very little about interior design but I do like the splash of tangerine as an accent colour especially as it is one of S/S 16 breakout colours.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

      I did not know it was a breakout color but glad to know I am ahead of the game!

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  31. Natalia Pessoa
    February 21, 2016 at 7:12 am (4 years ago)

    I think accent walls are great if done right. But I’d stick to one in the entire household. Love that splash or orange btw.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Agreed if you are going to do an accent wall, more than one is too many!

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  32. Nikka Shae
    February 21, 2016 at 3:47 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, you have a beautiful home and I love the colors and your vases!!!

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  33. Keri
    February 21, 2016 at 3:15 am (4 years ago)

    I agree. I love that this allows you to change out the smaller accent items based on seasons too. You can take a room from spring to winter with just a few changes like the pillows. Cute!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      That is the goal!

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  34. Hannah
    February 21, 2016 at 3:06 am (4 years ago)

    I love the whole neutral and orange pop color scheme you have going on. Plus those pillows are fabulous!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

      Pillows are mostly from Marshalls and TJ Maxx!

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      • Hannah
        February 25, 2016 at 7:22 am (4 years ago)

        Oh man no wonder lol. I love TJ Maxx so much. Every time I go in I spend WAY too much money on pretty things 🙂

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  35. Heather
    February 21, 2016 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    I love the orange! We don’t have any accent walls, but our walls are all in the tan/brown/reds that were right out of pottery barn 10 years ago, and now I want to repaint everything in whites and grays!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm (4 years ago)

      YES YES YES to white and grey! I am all about it!

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  36. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    February 21, 2016 at 12:54 am (4 years ago)

    I have a two story family room I’ve been so hesitant to paint, and by hesitant I mean we’ve lived here 13 years and it still isn’t painted. I want a neutral but don’t want it to be overpowering. I’m with you on the accent colors. I like the orange in your pictures but I probably wouldn’t have it in my house. My accent colors tend to be red with khaki walls (i hope) and blue with gray in the kitchen.

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm (4 years ago)

      I do red around the holidays and utilize blue in our kitchen where it matches our tile backsplash! Great choices!

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  37. Diedre
    February 21, 2016 at 12:17 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful home! I love the pop of a bright accent color.

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  38. OurFamilyWorld
    February 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Orange is one of my favorite colors. I love the splashes of color orange you placed in the room.

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  39. Allie
    February 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

    The orange adds such a nice dimension to your space. So bright and fresh. We’ve done both, the accent wall and the accent color. I tend to go with accent color just because I have commitment issues with home decor. So I find changing an accent color to be a lot less painful than changing an accent wall. 🙂

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Im right there with you with commitment issues. It takes me forever to decide on paint colors!

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  40. Roxanne
    February 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! Such a beautiful mix of textures and colors. I absolutely love the look of an old wine crate mixed in with modern vases.

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  41. jill conyers
    February 20, 2016 at 9:45 am (4 years ago)

    You hit the mark! I love the color orange you chose and while I’m at it, I love the area rug too. You make me want to re-decorate 🙂

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  42. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side
    February 20, 2016 at 7:08 am (4 years ago)

    I totally agree, I never liked accent walls! I always felt that accent colors work so much better with a house, and you can change those out so much easier than painting a wall!

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  43. Amber Nelson
    February 20, 2016 at 4:40 am (4 years ago)

    That orange is so amazing. I love how it makes the room pop!

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  44. Beeb Ashcroft
    February 20, 2016 at 3:52 am (4 years ago)

    My husband thought it was going to be a breeze picking out a paint color for our house until we actually got to the store and then HE was the one taking a long time to decide, not me haha It’s a big deal!

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    • admin
      February 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

      It really is!

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  45. Amanda Love
    February 20, 2016 at 3:07 am (4 years ago)

    While I know a few people who love accent walls, personally I prefer it to be neutral so I can do whatever I want with it. Its easier to decorate a home that way.

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  46. colette @ restyle it wright
    February 20, 2016 at 2:12 am (4 years ago)

    I totally agree on the accent walls…super dated. If you’re(people in general) going to use a some color, try something fun on the ceiling, accenting the backs of bookcases, or bringing in color like you did with accessories. I love the combo of orange and navy blue, that’s another fun color you could bring in the with the orange! Looks great 🙂

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    • admin
      February 20, 2016 at 3:33 am (4 years ago)

      Love orange and navy blue too but as an avid Green Bay Packer fan it’s against my religion to put those two colors together

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  47. Carrie
    February 19, 2016 at 10:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Love love love the orange accents. What a great idea!!

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  48. Karen
    February 19, 2016 at 10:45 pm (4 years ago)

    You SO hit the mark! On the paint color and decor! I really love the entire vibe of the room. It feels very updated and calm…
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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