People’s homes and at times, their offices, are their safe havens. This goes without saying. So, naturally, these havens should be decorated to fit your personality and create a space that inspires you and makes you feel comfortable. If others walk in the room and love the design, well, then that’s just the cherry on top of the cake.
For me, I’m inspired by color. I feel happy when I see bright colors, and sometimes exhilarated. Don’t get me wrong, I love a white room just like the rest of them, but it’s a little added color here and there that get my wheels turning. The desk in my office is situated in a corner so I can look out at my design area. This is where I sit and write, and a lot of times, sit and ponder. Sometimes I sit down to write and I find that 15 minutes have gone by and I haven’t written a single word. More often than not, I find it’s because I’m looking around my office for something my eyes can land on to get the words flowing.
What’s the saying? The squeaky wheel gets the grease? With white walls and loud chairs, I thought this would be the perfect design for my office and my personality. But the more I sat here at my desk, the more I felt the walls needed a little umph. They needed some accent. I looked no further than my loud chairs and pulled a color from their upholstery. I figured go big or go home. And, since I’m already home, I went big. And bold. And green. Benjamin Moore Tequilla Lime, to be exact.
Bright, yes. Unexpected, absolutely. But it’s the accent my office needed. One wall to stand out amongst the white is not only a conversation piece, but a wonderful backdrop for artwork or even a gallery wall. I’ve toned the green down a bit by adding in some white. The large floral-y light fixture from IKEA fits right in to the corner. Though the scale is large, the fact that you can see the wall between flowers is just enough of a tone down. This rule can apply to all accent walls. When going with such a bold accent color, relax it a bit with larger scaled and neutral colored artwork.
Change is good and when that change includes painting one wall in a room an accent color or even hanging wallpaper on one wall, it adds big boost for little cost. Dramatic flair. Small project, big impact! Do you have a room in your home that needs a boost? Then by all means, paint an accent wall a color that you love and makes you feel good. What’s the harm? If you don’t like it, you can always paint over it, again.