How to Create an Accent Wall
One of the best ways to create interest in your home décor is with an accent wall. A popular choice for using this design technique is a den or bedroom. However, you can have an accent wall in any room of your home.
Choose the Right Wall
When deciding which wall to use, keep in mind that a solid wall that isn’t broken up by windows and doors makes the best accent wall. That doesn’t mean you’re limited to only solid walls.
Other accent wall choices:
- Wall with door on one end
- A fireplace wall, even if it’s flanked with windows or doors
- Bookcase wall
- Wall behind a bed
- Bathroom sink or shower wall
- Buffet or china cabinet wall in dining room
- Staircase wall
The four most common approaches to this type of focal point don’t require a lot of work or time. The end result will give your room a unique designer look.
#1 Painted Wall
The easiest dramatic way to create an accent wall is to paint it a different color. This design feature can be used for a solid wall or one that already holds a focal feature, such as a fireplace, bookcase or art collection.
- Fireplace: Choose a color that will contrast with that of the fireplace color(s).
- Bookcase: Paint the bookcase and accent wall the same color.
- Art collection: Choose a color that will be the perfect backdrop to highlight your wall art.
#2 Wallpaper, Mural or Decal
Adding a wallpaper, mural or decal to one wall can give your room greater depth and texture.
- Choose something as simple as a subtle stripe, colorful floral or geometric pattern.
- Use a more dramatic accent wall with a scenic photo mural or a stylized one.
- Decals are another easy way to make one wall stand out. Use a graphic or word art decal.
#3 Stencil Wall
If you prefer to create your own original look, go with a stencil.
- Stencil over the existing wall color with a contrasting color.
- Give a touch of subtlety with a darker or lighter hue of the existing wall color.
- Use a complementary color, such as red stenciled on a green wall, purple on a yellow wall or orange on a blue wall.
#4 Art Themed Wall
Another stunning accent wall can be made up of wall art. One way to create this type of accent wall is to design it around a theme. This can be any theme you desire as long as it fits with the rest of your décor in colors and style.
Think of the wall as a canvas for a collage. You want to place various types of wall art within that space. Keep in mind the overall look you wish to design.
Coastal and Beach Theme
You can design a highly textured accent wall using this theme.
- Hang a fishing net in a diagonal and add glass buoys, seashells, starfish and driftwood.
- Use original watercolors of beachscapes and ocean scenes in driftwood colored frames.
- Shadowboxes featuring sand dollars, seashells or starfish can be included.
- A couple of driftwood shelves with roping can also support vacation mementos or framed vacation photos.
This is another great way to add texture and interest to a wall.
- Black painted metal cutouts of cedar trees, bears, fish and other wildlife.
- Plaid matting for paintings and photos of forest scenes or wildlife.
- Hand-carved and hand-painted duck decoys can be placed on rough-hewed shelves.
- Shadowboxes of pinecones, nuts and berries add to the mix.
- Grapevine wreath with pinecone and pine bough accents and a plaid bow.
- Relief plaques or distressed wooden plaques.
Other themes include:
Accent Wall Design Feature
The key to a successful accent wall is to personalize it. Your taste and design style will shine when you focus on using accent pieces you truly love.
All photos: Behr