We end today’s post with a collection of easy ways to accent your wall, whether it’s painted, wallpapered, or the same color as the rest of the room! For starters, consider a large piece of wall art. It’s a creative way to make a statement by bringing color and pattern to your accent wall. [from Lisa Petrole Photography]
An accent wall is the perfect way to add a dose of color or pattern to your interior. Less of a hassle than wallpapering or repainting an entire room, focusing on one wall can create just as big of an impact. Not to mention, there are even easier ways to accentuate the wall of your choice, from hanging a large piece of artwork to creating an entire gallery of prints and photos. Today’s post is dedicated to accent wall style, and we’re sharing a collection of tips that will help draw attention to your favorite wall at home…
Don’t forget about the power of grand statements, such as a large mirror. And if it reflects the gold ceiling and sculptural pendant lighting in the space, even better! Also note the glossy paint in this elegant entryway. [from Lonny]
A gallery of artwork makes a big impact, as shown in this series of framed prints in a bright upstairs hallway. [from Lonny]
Bonus points if you hang a shelf or piece of wall art that complements your wallpaper! The geometric cube-style shelf below couldn’t be a more perfect choice for this Grid Wallpaper in Dusty Green, also from ferm LIVING.
While some prefer to paint an accent wall, others opt for wallpaper. You can even add paper to a portion of the wall, as shown below by the wallpapered fireplace, which features a pattern that channels Art Nouveau style. [from Lonny]
• Check out photos of other bedrooms to get some inspiration. But definitely feel free to change things up to fit your taste!
• Feel free to be bold and adventurous. An accent wall is an opportunity to add the wow-factor to your space.
Here are a couple of suggestions to think about as you start planning your accent wall.
• Picture hangers and nails for any framed art or corkboards you want to hang
Personalize It: How to Create an Accent Wall for Your Bedroom
Looking for a way to make your bedroom even more exciting? There are so many ways to spice things up – like adding artwork or picking out a duvet cover with an awesome design. However, the addition of a bold new accent wall is one of the best ways to shake up your space and infuse some excitement. An accent wall is a single wall that can be decorated with all the things you love so it stands out from the rest of your room. Accent walls for bedrooms are great because you can use photos, artwork, colors and mementos to project your personality into the space. Plus, they’re easy and fun to create!
You can even color-coordinate your draperies with the wallpaper as a way to spread the color/interest throughout the entire room. Note the curtains in the space below, as well as the use of a transparent console table under the television. After all, why cover the wall with bulky furniture when the pattern is this fabulous?! [from Lonny]
If you’re not into bold patterns, try a wallpaper with a subtle design, such as this Confetti Wallpaper in Grey from ferm LIVING. Not only is the pattern chic, it is set on WallSmart wallpaper, which is easier and faster to hang:
One fun accent wall idea: go one shade darker than the rest of the walls in your space. The accent wall below is painted a shade of charcoal grey, which beautifully complements the light grey walls that surround it. [from Webber + Studio]
• Have fun with the project! When you’re looking forward to designing your wall, you might put a spin on your space that you’ve never thought of before.
You can also use wallpaper (or a wall treatment) to add texture to your accent wall. Don’t you just want to reach out and touch the wall below?! [from West Elm]
Relaxing bedroom with an accent wall of recycled woodEasy Accent Wall Features
Any wall can work! You might want to go for the spot with the most interesting furniture or decor. In a bedroom, this might be the wall right behind your bed’s headboard. However, every room is different, so follow your instincts. You could also pick a wall without windows so that the colors and decor scheme you choose really shine. If you use your desk a lot for studying and love the way it looks, go ahead and highlight that!
Wooden paneling is also a great choice for showcasing recessed accent walls. This interior from Risinger Homes features white oak paneling. [from Casey Dunn Photography]
Wooden panels are becoming an increasingly popular choice for accent walls. They add richness and depth to a room while creating a rustic look. Wooden paneling can be used to emphasize the wall behind your bed, as shown in this space below featuring reclaimed wood salvaged from old barns in Oregon. [from Aurora Mills]
One of the easiest ways to create an accent wall is to add paint! When deciding on a paint color, make sure you can live with the hue. Select a color that inspires you, whether it makes you feel happy, more creative, or perfectly relaxed. And what about a bright jolt of color? When it comes to vivid shades, you might feel more comfortable taking a chance on a small wall in a space such as the powder room. Then again, if you know what you love when it comes to bright color, go for it, even on a grand wall in a prominent location! [from Lonny]
You might also decide to choose an unexpected accent wall. In this next bedroom, the wall behind the bed is left white, while the wall that contains the door is painted dark grey. And perhaps you will decide to paint two accent walls (across from one another) for a unified look. [from ChrDAUER Architects]
• Use the amount of decoration that feels comfortable to you and your space, whether it’s just a few important things or a wall-sized collage.
When pondering which wall to paint, opt for a wall with special features, such as a trio of windows. Accentuate the special feature(s) if you can. Note the white window trim in the photo below. [from Hendel Homes]
Ready to let your personality shine? Pick a favorite hue! Bright colors are energetic, and shades like lime green, turquoise and blue are great for a fun tropical design. With gray, chocolate brown and other dark colors, you can invite some coziness into your bedroom. An easy way to make sure your wall matches the rest of the room is to use the same color, but a few shades darker. Paint can also create the illusion of space; lighter colors make a room seem larger, and dark tones create a small, cozy feel. Play around with tones to get the ambience you want.
Check out PBteen’s guide to accent wall design ideas to get started.
Paint. Wallpaper. Decals. Paneling. Wall art. A large mirror. Which of today’s featured accent wall ideas will you be trying at home? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…
Ready to get started? Here are some useful tools on hand for DIY-ing your wall.
Adding lighting to your accent wall will help emphasize the color and create visual interest. The bedside pendant lighting below is the perfect addition to this modern room with a pale blue accent wall. [from StudioLAB, LLC]
Get creative as you paint. For example, the grey wall in this next featured room becomes a painted wall/ceiling combo! A unique touch, don’t you thinik?! [from N Design Interieur]
There are many options when it comes to paneling, and while palette wood is a popular choice, you can also go with a wider plank in grey tones for a modern touch. The space below features recycled timbers from Capital Building. [photography by Sue Murray]
You can also paint a portion of the wall, whether your strategy involves painting a geometric shape (such as a rectangle or triangle), or painting a special feature such as the fireplace. [from Lonny]
Not sure you’re ready to take the wallpaper plunge? Opt for wall decals that are easy to apply and easy to remove! The wall below features a pattern created with ferm LIVING’s Mini Drops Wallstickers. The perfect choice for a whimsical accent wall:
Using solid paint colors isn’t the only way to create an accent wall. Try wallpaper with exotic motifs – just on one wall – for something different. Another fun option is to paint the background with matte paint, and then use stencils and gloss paint to create a design that looks like wallpaper with texture. You can even create a mural in your bedroom. If you have a flair for art, express yourself with a hand-painted paragraph or phrase from a favorite book.
• Use masking tape to mark the edges of the wall and cover trim
• Use the drop cloth to cover anything you don’t want to get paint on