Painting just one wall in a room a strong color is awfully tempting. If we’re reluctant to paint the entire room a color that’s just a litte too memorable, painting just one wall can seem like the perfect solution.

But changing colors between walls within a room is tricky. More often that not, the room ends up looking choppy and abrupt. But in the case of this dining room, the amber-colored accent wall  worked perfectly. Here’s why!

The accent wall color has something in common with the other walls. The amber color (right) and old gold color (left) are both warm… in fact, they sit right next to each other on the color wheel. They’re also similar in value – meaning the amber color is darker than the old gold color, which is only right for an accent wall…  but only slightly  making the transition less shocking.

The key furniture in the room is placed against the accent wall. The sideboard was placed directly in front of the accent color. It always works better to create a scene in front of the accent color – it sort of reinforces why the accent color is there.  In this case, since the sideboard wasn’t tall or big, artwork and accessories were added above to build up its size and importance, helping it stand up to (and even hide some of) the strong hue.

The accent color is repeated around the room. The amber color is picked up on the curtains on the adjacent wall. It has sort of a balancing effect. It’s also seen in the artwork and accents on the table.

The furniture can stand up to the accent color. One of the things we’ve got to love about all the dark brown furniture in vogue right now (since there’s so much of it!) is that it holds its own against bright colors. Case in point here; the furniture isn’t swallowed up by the wall color. It’s one step darker yet, and the accent wall simply creates a backdrop for it.

There’s plenty of daylight to offset the darkening effects of an accent color. A lot of light isn’t necessary if a dining room is used just for dining. But for most of us, the dining room can be a multi-purpose room; a large window helps balance a dark color.

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