Get Creative! Trendy ideas to create an accent wall

tips for an accent wall

An accent wall is simply a wall that looks very different from the other three in the room. These features are popular for a good reason: they add visual interest to a space and are fast and inexpensive to set up. This is a great DIY project that the average homeowner can complete in just a few hours.

Accent Walls and Versatility

The sky's the limit when it comes to accent wall possibilities. The effects can be easily tailored to fit with the rest of your home's decorating scheme. You can go for a simple but eye catching pop of color that's painted across the whole accent wall. You can also use accent walls to display and complement large pieces of artwork. A third popular choice is to have a more neutral-colored accent wall that directs the eye to the back of the room, creating the illusion of more space.

Colors and Textures

You can add warmth and depth to a family room by choosing a bright color of paint and placing the accent wall along the side with the TV. Natural or dark-stained wooden paneling gives an instant vibe of sophistication. However, the effect can be excessive if used on too large of an area. A good compromise is to have wide strips of paneling interspersed by bright colors.

Patterns and Shapes

Chevrons are a great and very bold choice for accent walls and large painted ovals can contrast beautifully with the rectangular frame of your favorite piece of art. Consider using very vibrant and contrasting shades like orange and blue against a white background for creative spaces like kids bedrooms or art rooms. For the parents' bedroom, you can tone down the effect by having a wide chevron in neutral shades like grey and lavender. This will give the room a more modern and sophisticated appearance.

Unleash Your Creativity 

Because accent walls only take up a limited amount of space, you can really think outside of the box. Some designers have taken this popular trend away from the wall itself. Think about hanging scarves and tapestries on the walls or painting geometric accents on the ceiling, drawing the eye toward a favorite light fixture. You can also experiment with a stained glass accent window or take your creativity outside and set up garden treatments.