Spotlight On: Accent Walls

26 Jul

I had a nice long weekend in Houston going apartment hunting. Thankfully, my future roommate, Blair, and I used a service called Urban Leasing which helped us figure out some great locations of cool apartments to live. And we think we found one!! Now hopefully our application gets approved…cross your fingers!

So while we were out shopping around, I feel like we saw a million different places and set ups. One thing I noticed that must be a huge, hot trend right now is accent walls. Allowing tenants of apartments to pick a wall or 2 to paint the color of their choice as an “accent” is GENIUS. People love to be able to customize their home to fit their likes and personalities — and it’s a great backdrop for fun decorating too! Another great thing about accent walls is that it is not limited in its appeal for guys and girls — both sexes can definitely find a color that suites them.

Check out the following homes that made great use of an accent wall. And make sure to choose a color that not only fits with your style of decorating, but one that represents your personal style as well! (All color meanings taken from this website)

RED: Associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, passion, desire, and love. It’s a very emotionally intense color that usually illicits a strong response, so make sure you are passionate about the hue before you put up!

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by:  Hitchin Hutch

Inspired by: Virtual Tourist

PINK: This is a hue of red that represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, love, romance, and friendship. It is most often associated with all things feminine, so boys beware.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

Inspired by: Porterhouse Designs

ORANGE: Yellow and Red make this color and therefore brings in all the good aspects of both. Orange is joy, sunshine, enthusiasm, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Design Degrees Online

Inspired by: The Lenoxx

YELLOW: The epitome of brightness, yellow evokes joy, sunshine, happiness, intellect, energy, warm, honor, and loyalty, and freshness.

Inspired by: The Bella Life Blog

Inspired by: Picasa

GREEN: Green is a natural color that is associated with Mother Nature, growth, harmony, freshness, fertility, safety, money, ambition, emotional healing, protection, and peace.

Inspired by: Alkemie

Inspired by: The Decorista

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

BLUE: Associated with depth, stability, sky, ocean, water, trust, loyalty, wisdom, faith, intelligence, confidence, understanding, softness, tranquility, seriousness, power, and integrity.

Inspired by: Canadian House & Home

Inspired by: Flickr

Inspired by: Home Know It All

TURQUOISE: Turquoise is one of my absolute favorite colors and since it is a combination of others, it represents many things — Love, healing, generosity, emotion, the unconscious, intuition, self reliance, and independence.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: House of Turquoise

Inspired by: Simply Designing

PURPLE: Purple is the color of royalty, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, dignity, creativity, independence, wealth, extravagance, mystery and magic.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Porterhouse Designs

BROWN: Is an earthy color that represents wholesomeness, natural, warmness, dependability, health, friendliness, simplicity, steadfastness, and richness.

Inspired by: Decorati

BLACK: Is a dominate color all about excellence, power, elegance, formality, death, mystery, the unknown and even death. It’s pretty darn aggressive if you ask me but it can make a great statement.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

Inspired by: Pretty Bird Blog

So take your pick. I will definitely keep you updated on what I choose!

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One Response to “Spotlight On: Accent Walls”

  1. Penny July 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    I am such a chicken with color but, Katie did this and it added so much interest to a plain vanilla ranch house.

    Hey BTW, Congrats on the new position and hopefully on the new diggs as well!

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