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Publication Date: 2015-10-05

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Design Debate: Is The Accent Wall Dead?

Some say it's here to stay, but not everyone agrees

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When accent walls started trending a few years ago, it seemed like a passing fad. But the trend has proven it has staying power, and not everyone is happy about it.

While some say they'll never stray from four matching walls, others stand firmly by accent walls' eye-catching style. ELLEDecor.com asked two experts for their take. Here's what interior designer and stylist Mariella Cruzado, and Jute interior designer Alison Davin say are the biggest pros and cons of punctuating a room with one wall in a vibrant hue.

PROS OF ACCENT WALLS

1. They're great for small spaces. Accent walls are an ideal way to fake space in cramped quarters, especially when done in a deep hue, like black. "One wall painted with a rich, dark color creates visual depth in a room, making it feel larger," Cruzado says.

2. You have several styling options. There are so many ways you can approach this trend, including "painting and papering," according to Davin. But different textural options exist as well, such as exposed brick and wood paneling. There's also removable wallpaper for renters or people afraid to commit.

3. They can help divide a space. "An accent wall is the easiest way to divide spaces in a room. Open living areas can be instantly transformed into two - or more - defined spaces with a coat of paint or wallpaper," Cruzado advises.

CONS OF ACCENT WALLS

1. They can feel removed from the rest of the decor. "Making an accent wall the first thing you see when you enter a room will distract from everything else around," Cruzado says. "A room with more than one focal point will feel more welcoming and put together."

2. Your walls don't need to be the focal point. "I don't advise having your walls do the talking. Instead of painting or papering an accent wall, invest in a piece of art that really speaks to your sense of home, or put together a gallery wall of smaller pieces," Davin says. "These ideas will infuse your home with more personality and style than an accent wall," she says.

3. Using the wrong color can ruin the space. "I'm absolutely against those random red accent walls that try to incorporate a pop of color in a room. Your home's color palette and decor should be cohesive and planned ahead," Cruzado says.

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