Q: I am planning to redo my interiors a bit and particularly give my walls a new look. I'd like to know if accent walls are still trending or are they outdated?

A: Accent walls are a decor trend that’s been around since the early 2000s and I think that it’s here to stay for at least a few more years as interior designers are still exploring the many ways in which accent walls can be created.

An accent wall is a wall or part of a wall with a unique colour or texture that can break up a room or draw attention to a specific element in the room. When accent walls first made an appearance, they were restricted mostly to a single colour on a wall that acted as a contrast to the remaining walls in the room. Now, you have unlimited paint options, as well as materials like wallpapers, tiles, wall panels and 3D wall panels, and even wall art and colourful shelving units to create accent walls.

When creating an accent wall, keep in mind that the colours, textures and patterns you use work seamlessly with the rest of your home decor. While accent walls are meant to stand out, it should also add to the design aesthetic you are aiming for.

A splash of colour on the wall behind your TV unit or couch in your living room, or behind your bed in your bedroom is always a great choice.

Wooden panels, geometric designs, hand-painted murals, floral wallpapers, scalloped wall panels are all amazing ways to break the monotony and add texture and interest to these spaces.

If you have a work-from-home zone or a home office, you could use three-dimensional panels to accentuate a wall with a focus on texture rather than colour. You can also add floating shelves on the wall to display books and décor items further adding dimension.

Don’t shy away from using bold colours. Metallic paints and finishes are all the rage this season and are a great way to make a powerful style statement for an accent wall.

If you are scared of making a long-term commitment but still want the designer look, temporary wallpapers are your best choice. This is also a great option for renters who wish to personalise their home.

Adel Sajan is group managing director of the Danube Group. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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