Yea or Nay?
Not trying to step on any toes here but I personally HATE most accent walls. Visually I think the effect is more jarring than having bold (or any) color on all four walls and it seems like they're for non-committal types: "this is the wall where I just went crazy!" But photographer Annie Schlechter's unadorned Yves Klein blue wall (above) has made me reconsider. Maybe because I love the color, or maybe because it acts more as a divider/screen and I'm just crazy for screens right now! Really, I am. But what do we think about this corner situation:
Take away the cute kid and Anthro styling and this is a bad day at HGTV. What's so wrong about a whole red room? I *might* be able to wrap my mind around one expanse of gorgeous De Gournay wallpaper as in this Barrie Benson shot from Domino (Feb. 2007):
Works because it's pretty and scenic and framed in what looks like black bamboo. Let's put the accent on the frame and go all Mondrian or Lichtenstein like this room created by über-stylist Jeffrey W. Miller for an old House & Garden (thanks to Mugatu for the heads up):
Brilliant. And hey, even Karl Lagerfeld draws a black frame around all of his fashion sketches! Are you gonna argue with the Kaiser?
(Photos from top: NYMag, Anthropologie, style court, Jeffrey W. Miller)