Thursday, March 11, 2010

I am against accent walls...



... but pro lazy-cats-on-tables. So this is my dilemma.

66 comments:

slag said...

I am for accent walls. And that cat is freakin adorable. No dilemma here.

David said...

Really? The black wall is the only thing in the picture I like.

Kevin said...

I too am against accent walls. You might as well just have pyramids of beer cans.

I think we can all agree that we are long overdue for another installment of THINGS THAT ARE WRONG!

big boy said...

I am with you. Do it or don't.

allthingsrosie said...

I am for accent walls - especially if you live in an average size house with rooms that would be totally over powered by strong colors.

Anonymous said...

Depends on the architecture.

In mid-century ranch houses, where the walls are asymmetrical or odd-shaped, accent walls can look right.

My cat goes on all tables.

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

I always think I like accent walls, but then realize I never actually "do" accent walls in my own home. With wall color I find I am either "on the bus or off the bus" - full color on all 4 walls or all white walls.

Sharon

Annie said...

I am only pro accent walls if they are my own and their existence is due entirely to the fact that I ran out of steam painting and the remaining walls have been moved to my 'to do' list.

Julie said...

I'm anti-accent wall too. But look - this one doesn't go up to the corners or ceiling, which makes it more of a big black rectangle painted on a white wall. So maybe that makes it art? I kind of like it.

joanna said...

I am on the fence but here is my dilemma, I have 2.5 rolls of some rather fine Farrow & Ball wallpaper. Not enough for the whole room but enough indeed for one wall... so, accent wall? Can anyone give me other ideas of what to do with the paper?

Corey said...

I am against cats on eating surfaces...

Shelley said...

THAT kind of harsh accent wall is ugly. I have an accent wall in one bedroom but it's just a slightly darker shade of mauve than the other walls - so it's subtle.

Sara Jane said...

I am against red accent walls, not sure why... but this black wall is awesome! Paired with the chandelier w/ black shades it creates much needed drama in an otherwise too country (for my taste) dining room. Its much better then painting the whole room black thats for sure!

Anonymous said...

"Things That Are Wrong"--pushy commenters.

Einat said...

You can't make a statement "I am against accent walls..." without the slightest reasoning as to WHY!?

I have always been a big fan of accent walls, take that ;)

Mint Julep said...

cats on tables? um, hell no.

DesignAddict said...

I think in this particular case, the accent wall works. But in general, I am not a fan of accent walls just for the sake of having them. Now the cat on the other hand, is a zen master, as cats tend to be.

Anonymous said...

I usually dislike accent walls. But I really like this one.

tulipfrills said...

I like it! I think it brings out the beauty of the grain of the table and highlights the unusual shape of the accent pieces. I love a dramatic accent here and there in the home.

Naomi's Blog said...

Cant stand accent walls meself - and i cant bear the ones with the commonly seen wall paper in their houses - have to say you would have had me completely with a dog on the table...

Shauna said...

Accent walls can be done poorly. It's an amateur trap. But when done right, they're lovely. Especially a bold wallpaper wall. You don't need all that business on all four walls.

I thinking sweeping generalizations are kinda limiting.

susan said...

i am in favor of a tastefully chosen accent wall. (and yes the one in my living room is amazing)..

i think that those fishy saw blades are the new antler. word.

Lynn said...

Me too!!! I wouldn't say they shouldn't exist at all, but I put them in the category of "ok for other people, but not for me".

Jessica said...

Have always been against accent walls but just this week made the decision to have the wall above our floating rock fireplace painted a different color than what's on the rest of the walls, which wasn't working. We're painting it a gray that will tie into the rock (black was considered), not red, purple or green though. Hoping it will not be to "accenty" and that the rock & paint will read as one.
All lazy cats welcome anytime - anywhere!!!

Anonymous said...

When there is no artwork, an accent wall can do magic!

Anonymous said...

Accent walls make me think that the overall interior design is not strong enough to stand on its own. In bold colors it is more of a distraction than an asset.

Newell Turner said...

They usually make a room feel unfinished. Like, did they run out of paint? Except when the color is framed with some type of architectural trim, treating the color like a panel. I'm a dog person, and I don't like the idea of any animal walking, or lounging, on the table where I'm going to eat. Check out the crazy trestles under that table. Interesting.

Maria said...

that cat is more interesting than that wall any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

After you live with an animal for a while, you realize that any hope of maintaining a "my bacteria/your bacteria" division is futile.

Chookie said...

Are you sure that isn't roadkill?

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Love the lazy cat.

rebecca said...

I can handle accent walls only if they're set back/off from the surrounding walls in the room, like a cubby (this one is).

When it's just a box of a room, an accent wall looks too self-conscious and also non-commital. It says, "I'm (25%) bold and daring!"

@ Joanna: consider papering a smallish bathroom, entry, or a closet or two. Anywhere you're just passing through can handle a strong statement.

home before dark said...

I don't like accent walls. Unless, I do. Regarding Jessica and not enough wall paper for a room. What about using your wallpaper to make a folding screen?

joanny said...

Fence sitting on this one-- very few can pull it off, this featured room can not..it appears undo , & too predicable with the black wall and black shades,

but do like the cat

Joanny

Quatorze said...

Like anything else in life, sometimes an accent wall is the perfect answer, and sometimes it is affected and horribly gratuitous. I will admit that they are overdone, but once we turn against them, the few moments when they work will be recognized as a proper solution; the trick may just be to stop calling them "accent walls". This particular accent wall speaks to my love of all things monochrome, although I would add a severe Venetian mirror to counter the dead end effect while highlighting the monochromia.

As to the cat, any sign of life is a good thing, even if it is a flaked out kitty. This particular cat is cool, and works color-wise :)

Penelope Bianchi said...

Now I am going to gross out a few of you. I think you can take it. (Anonymous, please just don't read..you know who you are)

I am with Newell Turner. Looks like you ran out of paint: accent walls. Our cat gets on the table regularly and licks the canteloupe before we eat it. (the bacteria comment is classic)

My opinion; (and she asked!) about the wallpaper. Restrain yourself from wallpapering one wall. (You really DID run out of wallpaper!

Line drawers with it.....paper the inside of a cupboard, use it as wrapping paper. Wallpaper the inside of a closet! Joy when you open the door!

Just don't paper one wall. I'm afraid you'll be sorry!

BTW the dogs are allowed on the furniture; but not on the table!

Decorno; you are very funny!

Penelope Bianchi said...

PS the cat is divine!

Anonymous said...

I think it is important to blend the other walls with a dark accent wall. And ... I have my big old floppy Maine Coon cat on my table whether I want him or not. He doesn't ask my opinion about or permission for anything.

Slim Paley said...

I'm reticent to say "NEVER" to anything- except perhaps orange lipstick if your teeth aren't really white.

mary said...

I love the black wall and the cat--awesome cat!!!! Accent walls work as framing for good art or a great mirror' but "just because".

Decorno said...

Anon 12:57 - - Amen.

Anonymous said...

The black wall is only one of multiple flaws. That room embodies everything wrong with eclecticism, as it is now practiced: "Make every single element be unrelated to every other element."

Anonymous said...

Penny,

Next time you're chomping on that tasty canteloupe, remember: Cats lick their assholes.

maison21 said...

i HATE an accent wall; i have one in my own home.

there you have it. sometimes wrong is right.

ps- cats are *always* right, on any surface.

Libby said...

The rub with an accent wall is that it is sort of like furniture on the diagonal: it just feels affected (most of the time).

s. said...

HATE accent walls. Thank you for voicing this deep loathing that has been seething in my veins ever since Big painted his bedroom wall red.

Laura said...

I like THIS accent wall but philosophically I'm against them. My friend did accent walls all over her apartment (living room and both bedrooms) and it just looks lazy. The cat I love.

Visual Vamp said...

Been a long time since I was here - blog owner approval?
xo xo

Visual Vamp said...

Me too,though I have one and I hate it.
xo xo

Decorno said...

Vamp - yes, comment approval, unfortunately. Without it, more than half the comments would be about Thai hookers and penis enlargement thanks to the spam machines out there that have found this blog. :)

Nick Klaus said...

I am pro accent cats. The wall is kind of 'meh'. I'm not drawn to it, but I'm not opposed to it either. Its a bit like looking into a cave.

Meander said...

You know typically I am ADAMANTLY against accent walls as well - however this one I don't mind so much. . .maybe its the cat that does it for me, hmmmmm I might need to talk to my therapist about this.

Anonymous said...

Vamp said: "blog owner approval?" You must be joking, right Vamp?
Can we discuss the art of being disingenuous sometime?

Heather said...

I love the black accent wall. It is like a piece of art in that particular room. It modernizes the furniture and ties everything together.

I am all about accent walls. I think they add a touch of warmth and creativity to a space. They are not for everyone, some people need that consistency of color in a space, I am not one of those people. : )

S said...

'That room embodies everything wrong with eclecticism, as it is now practiced: "Make every single element be unrelated to every other element."'

Awesome statement, and so true. Its a pet peeve.

That said, I like the black wall. Am not usually a fan of the accent wall, but this was intriguing and would have been overwhelming on all walls. The rest of the room, I don't like. The cat is awesome, but needs to go on the floor.

donkee said...

I just spewed a good gulp of green tea from a huge spontaneous chuckle.

My laptop screen thanks you.

Scout said...

I hate accent walls. That said, I have one in my house. It's in my son's room, which is very, very dark, making color on the walls impossible. (He doesn't care about atmosphere; he just wants to be able to see his Lego). So we did three walls white, one navy blue, with cool retro airplane decals on the blue wall. It works.

But cats on tables? ICK. I do not want anything that has just walked through a litter tray to lounge on my eating surface, thank you very much.

Anonymous said...

That cat is the only thing I like in that picture--a Maine Coon, no?

Studio News said...

I wander away for awhile...and I always miss something that makes me laugh! The cat YES!! the accent wall NO!

As always you provide a damn good laugh!

Thanks.
Stacey

sketch42 said...

I actually like that one. But in general, dont love it or hate it - depends on the application.

Paula said...

The black wall is nice. Why are you so against accent wall? I do agree that with the wrong colors and accessories the accent wall can go wrong.

Tampons and Ramen said...

I just painted, and thought that I was subpar for not doing any accent walls. Now I feel redeemed.

Except for magazines, every real-life accent wall I've seen has looked totally wrong.

While condo hunting, I saw a burgundy accent wall among neon lime. My inside voice was all, "FAIL."
Big ol' F.
I thought it was sad. They really tried. But they failed.

traci zeller designs said...

I am almost always anti-accent wall ... But here I think it really works. Never say never!

Jenny said...

Me too. They are the thing people will look back on in a few years and say "that's so 2000". Yuk

But I am noticing the prevalence of pets in decor blogs/mags now. Is it to humanise the owners? To show they are all domestic-like and kind to small furry things? I dunno. I'd like to like them, but is it exploitation?

And in an unrelated matter, where are your mates from missinyourbusiness now?

Anonymous said...

I HATE accent walls. Can I say that without insulting my mother in law?

I am also pro-random dog standing on the table as well.

dwellinganddesign said...

I am often against accent walls, it can feel a little bit HGTV to me but it can also be done well. I think in this case it looks good- I love that table.