Thinking of designing an accent wall? Yay! We are big fans. Accent wall designs are a great way to personalize a space and create a focal point in any room. If you’re looking for accent wall ideas or have questions about what goes into an accent wall, you came to the right place!
Which wall should be an accent wall?
First things first: Which wall should you use? The short answer is that it’s totally up to you! You can have an accent wall behind the bed, create a wood accent wall in your office, design a wallpaper accent wall in the bathroom, make an accent wall behind a sofa…the sky’s the limit! When choosing where to put an accent wall, it’s also a good idea to consider architectural features—are there lots of windows or doors on the wall you plan to use? These obstacles can make it more difficult to paint/apply wallpaper, etc. so you’ll want to keep that in mind.
Should accent walls be darker or lighter?
The color of your accent wall depends on what you like! Accent walls are meant to add contrast to a room, so if the room is light, consider going with dark accent wall ideas or more saturated colors. Likewise, if the room is dark already, go for accent wall ideas that add lightness.
How do you decorate an accent wall?
You can choose from a wide variety of ways to decorate an accent wall! You can paint your accent wall a solid color, opt for a wallpaper accent wall, come up with photo wall ideas for a gallery wall, add oversized art, or even fill a whole wall with bookcases for something functional and unexpected. Read on for our favorite out of the box accent wall ideas!
Pop of Pink!
This fabulous living room uses the entire end of the room as an accent wall to create a focal point for the space. The result is a totally gorgeous pop of pink that adds to the tropical design of the living area. Using the back wall helps add dimension—a great space-saving trick for small rooms! And we love how accents like the green sofa and chairs, the pink pouf and pink pillows help pull the whole color scheme together.
A moody, saturated accent wall behind the bed is one of our favorite feature wall ideas. The dark color helps anchor the space and makes it extra cozy for sleeping. This is a great way to tone down the brightness of a naturally light-filled room! The dark wall adds contrast and depth and mutes the sunny vibes to create a space that’s both cheery and cozy. You can come up with fun gallery wall ideas for a saturated background wall like this, too!
A Touch of Teal
This accent wall adds an unexpected vibrance to an oddly shaped dining room! The bright electric teal color might overwhelm the room if you tried to use it for the whole space. But as an accent wall, it adds just the right pop of personality and color! Painting just a few walls adds visual intrigue and depth—and the remaining white walls and white and wood dining set helps create the perfect contrast!
Accent walls look great in kids’ rooms where you can have tons of fun with color! We got creative in this kids’ space with a bright peach accent wall. It helps anchor the bed against the solid, lively wall and creates lots of fun contrast that enlivens the space.
We love how the wallpaper mural in this entryway zone helps define the space and create a stunning look. It’s perfect if you don’t have a proper entryway and want to visually define the space as a separate area. Adding bold artwork is one of our favorite wall decor ideas—it adds a dramatic dose of visual interest and the variety of patterns and textures make the space extra cozy and cool.
Bold and Beautiful
A bold wallpaper accent wall like this one featuring tropical teal fish is a great way to add character and class to a room! Watch out though—wallpaper can get expensive fast! It’s often cheaper to just do an accent wall with paint, but we do love the effect of a stunning wallpaper pattern like this one.
We love how this wallpaper accent wall creates a cute and cozy nook within the bedroom. The tucked-away architectural feature is further defined with the accent wall to create a lined, shadowbox effect—perfect for a home office nook!
Mirror, Mirror Accent Wall
This mirror accent wall adds a bold, glamorous touch to the living room—it creates a “Hall of Mirrors” vibe at home! It’s a great look for a formal sitting room as it has a very luxurious, over-the-top vibe. The colorful rug and deep blue sofa definitely add to the effect!
Woodsy Feature Wall
If you love a woodsy, rustic look, go for accent wall ideas like this textured wood accent wall. The variety of wood grains and colors look great if you want a rustic, farmhouse look but don’t live in a cabin! And it offers lots of textural interest that instantly creates a cozy, cabin-like feel in the bedroom.
Want to try on accent wall ideas in your space?