Ask Erika: Jacqueline
Colorfully, Behr reader Jacqueline asked us about choosing the right color for her accent wall. Read Erika’s advice below!
I have a color quandary. I am an artist who paints large colorful scribbles like those shown on the photo of my gallery wall. The paintings in my
house are constantly changing as I sell or display my art in other venues. Now I’m moving to a bigger city to be closer to my grandchildren and I’ll be moving from my itty bitty house to an apartment – hopefully a bigger one with bright light and high ceilings. I am planning to sell my house and
all the furniture so I can start fresh – very exciting. I want the basics to be pretty neutral so that I can focus on the bright colors of the paintings
but I am thinking I’d like a darker accent wall. Or, perhaps I should paint the wall a bright or dark color so the paintings will be enhanced. Should I go with a very white white? A pale gray? A charcoal? Beige? Arrrrgh! Help!
BTW the same questions apply to the furniture. I want a sectional sofa and it must be in leather because I have a big hairy dog – but black? Brown? White? Pale gray? Beige?
Thanks for your help!
It sounds like you’re getting a fresh start in a new city and a new space, which is very exciting! We’re happy to help you out with some colors that complement your artwork and the way you want to live.
The photos you sent through were great. It looks like you love using bright color in these very amorphic works!
Because many of your paintings are already on a light background, I would recommend a charcoal gray accent wall to make the paintings “pop.” This will create a focal point in the room where you hang them. The rest of the space could be a lighter off-white shade so it doesn’t take anything away from the colorful art. Below are two recommendations for a gray accent wall and off-white complement.
For the sofa, you mentioned leather for your pet. Brown or black leather would work. Another consideration: colorful slipcovers in red or blue that would complement the art and be easy to maintain!
Good luck and let us know what you decide!
More Articles You Might Like