Evolution of an Accent Wall

Evolution of an Accent Wall

Bethany Adams
Feb 9, 2011

Last week, when Leah wrote about her Evolving Living Room, it got me thinking about my own home evolution. It was 6½ years ago that I bought a beautiful, sunny apartment (my first) in Chicago and I was thrilled to be able to put my own stamp on it. I was also just starting design school and learning about exciting concepts like accent walls.

When repainting the walls after moving in, I decided to play it safe in most of my combination living room-dining room and went with a beautiful light grey that I continue to love to this day. But I felt that the wall behind the dining room table needed something more — something that said "this is the Dining Room!" and I decided that something was a large Tiffany blue wall.

A year or so after moving in, I began eyeing the wall behind the living room. Tasteful grey suddenly seemed too staid and I longed for a bold statement to rival the blue wall in the dining room. This is where things went very, very wrong and I selected an avocado green for which I have no real explanation. About halfway through painting, I could tell it was a disaster, but I had bought the paint and gotten on the ladder and, well, I was going to finish and live with it, darnit!

After a year of living inside an avocado (my poor, patient husband!) I finally came to my senses and got out the brushes and ladder again to paint the offending wall and it's neighbor in the dining room a new slightly deeper aqua (Because, of course, I had run out of the original Tiffany blue and couldn't remember what brand it was).

By this time, though, I had graduated design school and been working for a few years in one of the city's top design firms and I knew I could do better. I came across Schumacher's Modern Trellis one day at work and knew immediately that I had found the perfect accent for my accent wall. 6 years and 4 incarnations later, my work is finally done!

How many evolutions has your home gone through and have you finally found "the one"?

Images: Bethany Adams

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