Designing Your Accent Wall

Designing Your Accent Wall

Although trends come and go, the accent wall has been extremely popular in the design and decorating industries for decades. Their undeniable flexibility and stylishness can turn even the blandest room into a beauty. With unlimited paint color options, and the ever growing list of other surfaces and materials available, the accent wall is alive and well. Here's a few tips and tricks to getting the most out of your design. 

wood pile accent wall

An accent wall can be just what you need to add a focal point to a large room, to draw attention to architectural features in your home, or to just bring a pop of color to a lifeless space. Whatever the reason is behind your accent wall, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of it. 

 

WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN DESIGNING YOUR ACCENT WALL:

Think about what you want your accent wall to do for your room and how you can make that happen. Remember, you’re not limited to just paint. You could take a note from DIYnetworks and install a firewood accent wall, like shown in the image above. Their wall not only adds character and beauty to its room, but it adds depth and functionality, as well. Wood plank porcelain tile can also create a beautiful accent wall.  

wood plank tile accent wall

 

 

Step outside of the box! You have an entire wall as your blank canvas; take advantage of that and don’t shy away from going bright and bold, like this sunset ombre wall we saw on Pinterest.    

colorful accent wall

 

 

An accent wall doesn’t have to stand out because its color differs from its surround walls. If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy bright/differing colors, that’s okay, you can still have an accent wall. Accessories such as mirrors or picture frames are a great way to jazz up your space. 

                                    accent wall of mirrors   accent wall of photos

 

 

For those who enjoy bold statements, wall decals are a quick and easy way to bring character to your home. This 3D rendering wall decal, for example, adds movement and character to an otherwise neutral room. And, with the available customization options, you can create any look you’re going for. As a bonus, most wall decals are removable, allowing you to update your accent wall whenever you wish. Of course, standard wallpaper is a wonderful option, too.

3D wall decal

 

 

If you're more interested in a classic, elegant look, patterns could be your perfect solution. They may seem like they require a bit more elbow grease than most accent walls, but you'll be surprised by how easy it can be to create this look. All you need is a simple stencil and a combination of low and high-gloss paint and you've got it!            

Arabesque wallpaper                          

 

Do you remember those various other surfaces and materials we mentioned earlier? Tile is one of them. The use of a textured tile brings another dimension into play and creates a beautiful focal point in any room.

Textured tile wall

 

No matter what you decide to do with your accent wall, be sure to have fun with it. Nothing is permanent, not even paint or tile, so don’t hold back. If you end up wanting to change your design, you can. Do your research, continue exploring other techniques, and plan out your design. Most important of all, be sure whatever it is that you choose to do with your accent wall inspires you. Your accent wall is just that: yours.