Remarkable Accent Wall Ideas For Living Spaces

An accent wall can make a space feel larger. The right colors or accents can create a wall that makes the room seem larger. You don’t need to use a bold color to achieve a certain style.

Accent Wall Ideas

Sometimes muted tones can do a better job of making the room feel spacious while pulling the eye across the whole space and to the accent wall.

An accent wall can make a space feel larger. The right colors or accents can create a wall that makes the room seem larger.

Moreover, you don’t need to use a bold color to achieve this: Sometimes muted tones can do an even better job making the room feel spacious while pulling the eye across the whole space and to the accent wall.

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Photo Gallery Accent Wall

When creating an accent wall with photos, pick a theme. After you’ve selected your photos, decide on a stylish layout. You could go with a simple photo gallery style and hang them in a vertical or horizontal pattern.

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You’ll need to consider the personality of the room. If you wanted to be different, you could make a creative wall photo collage. To achieve this, hang your photos in random places across the wall.

Remember to follow the rule of three when hanging photos. The rule is based on the notion that objects displayed in odd numbers are more appealing.

Here are three top photography themes to accent your wall:

Outdoor – “Pulse” by Dane Grady

Outdoor photography is a smart way you can make a room feel bigger. Photos of landscapes, oceans, and exotic destinations will attract the attention you desire.

Landscape photos will make any space feel bigger. You could hang a framed ocean photo in the center of the accented wall. This would provide a calming effect.

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If you wanted something more social but with a beach vibe, then “Miami I,” also by Natalie Obradovich would help.  You could also dedicate the entire accented wall to one photographer.

Black & White – “1974” by Jared Chambers

In the world of cool, nothing beats black and white photography. If your personality is the enigmatic side, then you’ll want to accent your wall with framed monochromatic photo art prints.  

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Framed black and white anime photos would look good in your teenager’s room.

Cityscape – “Tokyo III” by Vincent Perraud

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Accent a wall with framed color photos of big cities to give your room a cosmopolitan flair and spacious feel.

How To Create An Accent Wall

Paint is the most commonly used technique for adding an accent wall because it’s the fastest and easiest way to do so. It can be as vibrant or as muted as you like.

Paint

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It all depends on your taste and the style of the room. A painted accent is also an inexpensive way to make a major change and best of all, it’s easy to change if you decide you want to switch things up or go with the latest interior color of the year.

Speaking of which, some of the 2021/2022 paint color trends are perfect for an accent wall, including:

  • Blue-green hues are big right now, Whether you opt to go for something as bold as a peacock or aim for a softer shade, the colors in this expansive category will never be boring.
  • Earth tones are always a great choice and are particularly suitable for livening up a neutral palette. These colors are easy to use in creating a calm room with some added punch.
  • You might not think of beige as an accent color but it can be especially effective if the other walls are a dramatic or more vibrant color. Just think of it as emphasizing negative space, if you’re into art terminology!
  • Dramatic, moody colors are definitely in for the coming year and are perfect for adding drama to any room, but especially the bedroom. Use a dark blue or even a stormy gray color on the wall to instantly pull attention to a particular area.

Decorative or Textured Paint

Besides a specific hue, the texture of the paint or design that you make with it is an important factor in creating an accent wall.

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We’re not talking about the faux painting styles of the 80s and 90s, but fresh ways to use textures and decorative paint.

The accent wall can be the same color as the rest of the walls, but with added texture, you can distinguish the wall. Or, adding texture to an accent color really ramps up the wow factor. Some of the more common texture techniques include:

  • A concrete look lends a bit of raw beauty without having to install any type of real concrete. It’s also an easy way to add an edgy feature to a modern space.
  • A suede-finish paint is a sophisticated addition to a space, particularly a bedroom or dining room. 
  • Chalk paint may be verging on the overdone, but using it for just an accent wall is a judicious and effective way to create an accent wall. 
  • Metals or a metallic look are a bold way to create an accent wall. A little bit of shine goes a long way in creating drama and it’s easy to give a wall anything from a slight metallic sheen to a very shiny surface that really reflects the light.
  • A mural accent wall is a fabulous way to create an accent wall because it’s essentially a custom work of art. 

Bedroom Wall Accents

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Anything from shiplap or rustic, rough-hewn planks to reclaimed panels are all options. Don’t want to install wood? Opt for a realistic photo-print wallpaper that looks just like the real thing.

Wallpaper

This is an easy-peasy solution to creating an accent wall that offers multiple design options. From textural varieties to more traditional styles and photorealistic images, the choices are nearly endless. You can even find mural wallpaper, which can be a more budget-friendly option than a custom-painted wall mural

Tile

has always been used in kitchens and bathrooms as an accent wall element but tile manufacturers have expanded their range to styles that can just as easily grace a living or dining room.

The options include sculpted three-dimensional patterns or large-scale tiles with designer prints.

30 Accent Wall Decorating Ideas

This article contains 30 wonderful accent wall ideas – some you can do yourself, others might simply serve as inspiration. But we hope you enjoy the creative process of determining if and what type of accent wall will work best for you and your home.

Wall Lighting

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Lighting is a dramatic accent wall idea, especially when it’s artistic like these geometric wall lights by Contardi.

Used in a corner seating area across both walls, the lighting elevated to s dark corner to highlight the space, especially at night. This particular space combines the lighting with geometric wall panels for extra design flair, but you would get the same dramatic effect with just the lighting.

Built Ins

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Lots of homes have built-ins and they can easily be transformed into a major accent wall idea. The bookcases feature rounded tops. In combination with the mirrored upper wall panels, central mural panel, and sconces.

Panels and Art

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A similar strategy to what was used on the built-ins can also transform an entryway vignette. This console with two chairs and similar paneling and sconces makes a great accent wall for a foyer or lonely end of living space that could use a little extra love.

Collections

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A collection can make a great accent wall idea if the pieces are of the type that can be hung or mounted on the wall. A deep, dark wall makes the perfect background for this collection of round discs that feature different designs, colors, and metallics.

Of course, you can do this with a light-colored wall too, as long as the pieces provide enough color contrast.

Sofa Wall

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The wall behind the sofa is a prime location to transform into an accent wall. In this example, it’s not the dark paint that creates an accent – the whole room is painted a deep green – but rather the large, dramatic painting installed over the sofa.

Often, people will choose a rectangular piece that leaves more wall space vacant. That’s fine, but opting for an oversized painting will amp up the accent value.

Wood Cutouts

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Gorgeous and unexpected, this accent wall idea is made of two layers of wood with cutouts on the top one. Stylized blossom shapes in both positive and negative space variations cover the entire wall and the varied wood grain helps emphasize the cut-outs.

Even though the shapes are flowers, the look is not overly feminine, especially when paired with a leather headboard.

Unique Mirror

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A hallway is less commonplace for an accent wall but it is a very effective way to add interest to this often overlook space. While this example also uses a bold graphic wall covering, the unique mirror is the real draw.

Even on a plain wall, this type of mirror instantly turns it into an attention-getting space. It’s a great accent wall idea for the person who wants a one-and-done concept.

Textures

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A wall clad in some serious texture creates an instant accent without adding color to the space. In this example, the bottom of the stairwell could easily be a dead space, but the deeply textured wall surface and lighting create a fabulous nook used for seating and a bar cart. 

Drapes

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You don’t need windows as a reason to install drapes! Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, drapes are an accent wall idea that instantly creates a special space with a bit of mystery. Is there a stunning view behind the folds?

This tactic can also be used to elevate a mundane wall with a small window into a large feature. If you want some light peeking in around the edges, install strip lighting.

Living Green Wall

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Whether you opt for a wall-to-wall installation or choose panels like these, a green wall is an accent wall idea that helps bring the outdoors in. Green walls can be comprised of real plants, but that can be an installation and maintenance challenge.

These days, lots of maintenance-free options that use specially preserved plants or moss are popular choices. It gives the whole room a feeling of the great outdoors without the hassle.

Bedroom Headboard Accent Wall

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The head of the bed tends to be a bedroom’s inherent feature wall, so using color to make the accent wall obvious is a fun idea. Also fun? Three white oversized brains as wall art. {found on cyndiparkerinteriors}.

World Map Accent Wall

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Oh, world maps, how I love thee. Particularly the full-wall versions. I’m having a hard time dreaming up a situation where a mammoth-sized world map as an accent wall would NOT be perfect. 

Across-the-Room Accent Wall

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As an accent to a space, an accent wall provides an immediate draw. Choosing a wall that’s furthest from the room’s entrance to be the accent wall can be an unspoken invitation to “come in and make yourself comfortable.” {found on chrissnookphotography}.

Modern Geometric Wall

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The geometric non-precision of this type of accent wall makes it a perfect candidate for a funky, fun-loving space. Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, and even laundry rooms could easily benefit from this accent wall idea.  {found on projectnursery}.

Accent Wall With Wood Pallets

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Sure, the wood pallet craze might be waning, but if rustic décor is still your M-O, this type of accent wall is unbeatable. Depth, character, visual interest, and warmth are all immediate results of a wood pallet accent wall. Bonus: DIY compatible.

Dark Wall With Natural Light

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A dark accent wall adds presence and maturity to an otherwise lightroom. Consider tying in a few darker furniture or accent pieces for balance.

Stone Accent Wall

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It’s rich, sophisticated, and calming. It’s hard not to go wrong with using natural materials like stone décor, but as an accent wall, the effect is completely stunning. The wall choice here – tall and relatively narrow – is effective with flat cut stones.

Sharpie AccentWallpaper

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Sure, this idea requires plenty of elbow grease and something just shy of a lifetime supply of permanent markers. But the end result is stunning and filled to the brim with personality. Plus, it’s much more budget-friendly than actual wallpaper. {found on vintagerevivals}.

Wall Mural Accent Wall

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Not much to say about this fantastic idea, other than to choose a mural scene that speaks to you. This accent wall idea is wonderfully simple and full of charm and character.

DIY Faux Wallpaper Accent Wall

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Using a stencil and the combination of flat and high-gloss paint, anyone can achieve the look of luxe wallpaper for an accent wall. This is simultaneously subtle and impactful. {found on kfddesigns}.

Focal Feature Accent Wall

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In a living room with a focal feature, such as a fireplace, it’s not a bad idea to treat the entire wall as an extension of the focal feature by turning it into an accent wall.

A different paint color, wallpaper, or even lighting can transform this regular wall into the backbone of the entire space.

Hard-Working Chalkboard Accent Wall

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The chalkboard-iness of this wall is tastefully downplayed by letting it double as an art gallery wall. I love the mixture of formality and informality here. {found on inspiredbythis}.

Staircase Accent Wall

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The wall next to a staircase is often the tallest wall in the house, as it flows for at least two stories. It can be tricky to “decorate,” though, as the  eye-level is constantly changing. Create an accent wall with a standout color on this wall. 

Striped Wood Accent Wall

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This is an accent wall that could be put together fairly quickly, once the knotty pine boards have been stained to one’s satisfaction. I love the impact of the peekaboo paint between the boards, forming 3-D stripes. {found on projectnursery}.

Grasscloth Striped Accent Wall

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If you like the idea of a 3D striped accent wall but aren’t feeling particularly rustic, here’s another take on the concept. Wrap 1×6 boards with metallic grasscloth, then mount them to your accent wall in horizontal stripes. So glamorous and chic. {found on beachchicdesign}.

Bookshelf Accents

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If your favorite feature in a room is the beautiful built-ins, emphasize this by transforming the shelves into an accent wall. Paint out the back wall, but leave the shelves as they are.

The use of monochromatic pieces on said shelves will go a long way to emphasize the accent wall itself.

Wallpapered Accent Wall

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Despite the eclectic décor of this adorable nursery space, the blue wallpapered accent wall fully does its job. Furnishings against the accent wall are monochromatic, which further increases its visual impact.

Fabric-Covered Wall

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Fabric can be used in a way similar to wallpaper to create an unforgettable accent wall. Bonus: In a Bedroom, an accent wall can even double as the headboard.

Ceiling Design

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While it’s sometimes referred to as the “fifth wall,” the ceiling isn’t typically the first thing we think of in relation to accent walls. But it makes perfect sense to use your ceiling in this way. This works in a window-heavy room where the walls are minimal. {found on bengebo}.

Child Art Wall 

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Need a place to hang your child’s artwork? Why not  hang it in their room? If you’re wary of committing to a permanent accent wall, remember that an accent wall can actually be the same form and color as the rest of the walls in your home; it’s what you DO with the wall that makes it stand out.

What Is The Best Accent Wall?

Which wall should serve as the accent wall in any room will vary depending on a number of factors. You might have a built-in accent wall like one that features natural stone or brick.

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Don’t fight any natural focal point you might already have in the space. Some of the things to consider before choosing which wall to paint or decorate include:

  • Existing architectural elements in the space. Is there a fireplace, bay window, or other feature that already draws attention? Build on any fixed elements present to create the best accent wall.
  • Built-in cabinets or shelves can help frame an accent wall.
  • Dramatic furniture is perfect for adding an accent wall. This means that if you have a dramatic armoire, the wall behind it is a natural choice.
  • An outstanding view is already a natural focal point so don’t detract from it. If you still want to create an accent wall with paint, choose a wall that has a window with a view.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What Plants Are Best For Indoor Living Walls?

Pothos, philodendron, dracaena, and anthurium plants are the best plants to use for indoor living walls. The plants do not require a lot of water, which means they don’t need as much attention like other plants. Ferns are also good to plant walls, but they are messy.

What Is Gypsum Board Veneer?

Veneer Plaster Base is an interior gypsum board with specially formulated face paper for use under gypsum veneer plaster. It consists of a solid set, fire-resistive gypsum core enclosed in a highly absorptive paper surface. Gypsum boards are used for partitions and are preferred for their fire resistance and sound insulation properties.

What Is Diatom Mud?

Diatom mud is used on interior walls. It is becoming more popular for its impact on indoor air quality. The material also helps lower energy usage. It’s a porous substance and contains natural additives.  Latex and oil paints include diatoms. Diatom refers to diatomaceous earth, which helps control humidity while absorbing harmful gases.

What Is Powder Coating?

A dry finishing process that’s high-quality and durable. Powder coatings are available in a range of colors and textures.

What Is A VOG Wall Panel?

VOG stands for vinyl on gypsum. The panels have a laminated coating that holds gypsum together. It’s used in mobile homes because it repels water, it’s cheap and easy to install. However, one drawback is that the coating is not suitable for mobile home vinyl walls.

Accent Wall Ideas Conclusion

When creating a wall accent, follow your instincts. With so much to choose from, making a decision on one design offers unique challenges. Your environment will influence your choices, and rightfully so. You wouldn’t want an indoor grass wall if you lived in an environment that wasn’t conducive to it.

If you wanted to play it safe, start with a cool latex paint color and accent a wall in your living room or master bedroom. Once you see its transformative effect, you could let things grow organically from there.