If you’re looking to make a huge impact in any space or break up a large room in order to emphasise a specific architectural feature or to instil a sense of extraordinary in an ordinary area, an accent wall is the perfect way to go about it.
Forget that “one red wall” style from the past, as accent walls have long since taken the creative path. You don’t even require a big budget to create a dramatic, custom look in your house with an accent wall.
There are several ideas to design your accent wall, no matter what your taste is and your budget for that matter. Colour can be the least expensive and easiest way to do that, but there are other stylish ways to customise the space as well.
Here are some wonderful accent wall ideas- some of them can be done by you, whereas others may simply serve as an inspiration. But, you’ll definitely enjoy the creative process of determining which type of accent wall be the best for you and your house.
- Paint It
Designing a dazzling accent wall can take a little more than a gallon of paint and of course, an entire afternoon for painting it. Selecting the right wall paint colour is crucial because ultimately it’ll turn out to be the room’s focal point. So, choose a colour that’s in proper sync with some of the other colours used in the room.
For instance, if your existing wall has a warm colour, then you’ll want to select a warm accent wall colour. However, be cautious with neutral colours because they have undertones that can make the accent wall look a bit out of place.
Faux finish accent wall is not as popular as it used to be, but metallic paint or plaster techniques are still in style. So, ensure that you try faux finish on a piece of wallboard before trying it on walls. Also try to perfect your technique and seek help to recreate the wall.
- Use Stencil to add Colour and Pattern
You can make a huge difference to any space with the help of wall stencils. There numerous wall stencil patterns that look gorgeous and are easy to use. With wall stencil you might not even need a repaint for your existing accent wall, rather you can add colour with stencil designs. Stencilling the wall is the best way to add more of the accent colour to the room without feeling overwhelmed.
There’s no need for you to create a huge colour contrast in order to achieve a stunning accent wall. The biggest wall stencilling trend in your house is making use of neutral colours. By keeping the colours muted you can highlight the pattern of wall stencil, thereby creating a timeless accent wall. Search for trendy Moroccan and geometric patterns to get an updated look in your house.
- Try out Temporary Wallpaper
At present, temporary wallpaper is a popular trend and very budget-friendly as well. It is also called as “renter’s wallpaper” as it is removable and doesn’t require water or paste. You can have loads of fun with different colours and patterns, which you may not prefer living with permanently.
Temporary wallpaper is the perfect choice if you’d like to have a chic look with the commitment. The best spot for temporary wallpaper accent wall other than your foyer is behind the headboard and in a room that lacks real architectural features.
Select bold wallpaper patterns with vertical stripes as they can make the ceiling look taller and if you want the room to look larger, then go for horizontal stripes. You can make use of temporary wallpaper in clever ways so as to update the space easily and affordably. Do not limit yourself to simple applications, as you can use the same wallpaper to line the back of your shelves to add a touch of pattern and colour.
- Add Temporary Wood Planking
No matter where you look, reclaimed wood is popping up in home decor. With the help of this clever product, you can affordably and easily add a weathered style to your house. You can make use of peel-and-stick wood panels if you’d love to create a warm accent wall without heavy lifting.
You don’t really have any limitations as to where a reclaimed wood accent wall should go in your house. You can even craft a warm, inviting room or add some style to your foyer. The look of reclaimed wood can also be added to the sides of your kitchen island, bar or to the back of an open cabinet or shelving.
- Use Tile
Glass tile accent walls not only look stunning, but completely change your space. The options for tile accent walls include tiling the complete wall with gorgeous glass tile to achieve a high-end look. This is a dramatic way to add tile accent wall, however this option might not be budget friendly for everyone.
If you love the look of a glossy tiled accent wall, but have limited time or budget for bigger tiling projects, then why not go for peel-and-stick tiles to make it the room’s focal point? These peel-and-stick tiles look much more elegant and include various design choices.
- Stone Accent Wall
A stone accent wall can give your space a rich, calming and sophisticated look. It is very difficult to go wrong with natural materials like stone in home decor, but as an accent wall the effect can turn out to be entirely stunning.
- Focal Feature Accent Wall
If your living room has a focal feature, such as a designer radiator, fireplace, etc. then it is not a bad idea to treat the complete wall as an extension of that focal feature by turning it into an accent wall. You can make use of different paint colours, wallpapers and even lighting layout in order to transform your regular wall into the backbone of the entire room.
Art Displayed Accent Wall
If you are wary of committing to a permanent accent wall (though, the idea of paint is considered as permanent), always remember accent walls can remain in the same form and colour as the rest of the walls in your house; it is what you do that matters the most and what makes it stand out. If you take this step, though, just commit to it. Try going big with the display- that is floor to ceiling and wall to wall. Always make it an actual accent wall and have fun with it.