Accent walls are a great way to liven up an interior space,” says HPM Building Supply home design consultant Kapua Aguiar. Whether it’s a bold color commanding focus of the room, or a subtle hue that complements other design elements in the space, Aguiar recommends homeowners consider changing or mixing paint sheens to achieve the desired effect.

Rick Medeiros, assistant store manager at Hardware Hawaii in Kailua, adds that special programs are available to help make the process smooth. “With our unique color-matching software,” he says, “we can recommend like colors for accent walls, painted furniture and other items in the room to incorporate your color scheme.”

Add a new hue to a wall or two in your home with Benjamin Moore and Pratt & Lambert paints from HPM Building Supply or Valspar paint from Hardware Hawaii.

Benjamin Moore Hibiscus 2027-50

Photo: Courtesy of HPM Building Supply

Created to mirror the shade of the bud of our state flower, this springy yellow-green adds a pop of fresh, usable color — perfect for a new baby’s nursery. Another suggestion for a child’s room, Aguiar says, is combining different colors and sheens to create depth in a mural.

Valspar Celery Heart v052-2

Photo: Courtesy of Valspar

An accent color doesn’t have to cover an entire wall — it isn’t restricted to the four walls, either. A bright hue down the entire middle section of a room makes a bold, memorable statement. “Using the right tools will make your project easier,” says Aguiar. “A quality brush and good painter’s tape are key.”

Pratt & Lambert Showstopper PL299 & Blithe Mood PLN48

Photo: Courtesy Pratt & Lambert

A bold color on a standalone wall is especially impactful. To make less of an impact on the environment, try Pratt & Lambert’s Fresh-SpecTM Zero VOC Interior professional paint, which is completely VOC-free when used with GeoShades colorants.

Pratt & Lambert Cumberland Grey PLN40 & Blithe Mood PLN48 (featured)

“Incorporating an accent wall brings depth to the room without enclosing,” Medeiros says. “Using like colors may blend the room without being overpowering.”

Benjamin Moore Light Yellow 2022-60

Photo: Courtesy HPM Building Supply

“For spring, we try to keep the walls light,” Medeiros says. This pale yellow, combined with ample natural light, brightens up this little breakfast nook.

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