Every four years, a small chain of London area boutique hotels changes its color on the accent wall in each guest room. The owners believe that their clientele, largely repeat visitors, appreciate this gesture.
“They like the uplift,” emailed the company’s senior painter. “We are careful to select a color that is just coming into vogue.”
For 2017, the hotels’ owners have authorized their (three) staff painters to also apply the new accent color to the vanity alcove and nearby walk-in closet in each room. “This blends the different areas together…” the painter added.
The guest reviews have been very positive. Examples: “Lovely effect when entering bath area.” “Most inviting color unity.” “Pleasant add-on.” “Delightful change.”
The senior painter ended his e-mail by saying, “I recommend the accent wall for any room or area. It enhances appearance and updates the décor at minimal cost…”
10 ADVANTAGES TO ADDING ACCENT COLORS TO DÉCOR
- It changes the overall appearance of the specific area, and entire room.
- It changes the overall “feel” of the room.
- It freshens the overall look of the entire room or suite.
- It enhances the benefits of the standard amenities in the room or area.
- It upgrades the overall design of the room or suite.
- It updates the color scheme in the room or suite.
- It expands the standard color scheme’s customer/guest appeal.
- It expands the area’s marketability.
- It offers positive visual change at a marginal cost.
- It offers a way to use up premium paint in colors no longer a part of color scheme.
10 UNIQUE APPLICATION TIPS FOR USING ACCENT COLORS
- Reverse the “apply accent color to the wall” rule. Apply the accent color to the trim, doors and frames, and window sills located on one wall.
- Spray paint the ceiling in the new accent color.
- Use accent color to faux finish a 3-inch border around the parameter of the ceiling.
- Create a vertical stripe effect by alternatively painting the accent color every 2 or 3 inches over the wall’s existing color.
- Create a drop ceiling effect by applying accent color in a 3 inch border around ceiling, then down 3 inches at the top of all four walls.
- Paint accent color on the worst-condition wall and/or trim surfaces in a room.
- Paint accent color adjacent to the surface in the worst condition – eg. dents, poorly matched to touch-ups, gouges, minor water damage.
- Hardwood and/or tile floors? Paint “pathway” from inside entry doorway all the way to the bathroom’s tub area. Note: A clear over coat may be advisable.
- Create draped canopy effect on bed wall by painting accent color in alternate space, from marked vertical center.
- Paint 3-inch block border around one wall in room, painting alternate blocks in accent color.
You get the picture. When it comes to applying accent paint colors, your options are wide open!
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