Accent Wall Ideas

Adding an accent wall can drastically elevate the design style in a space. Because it is just a single wall, it can be the easiest way to direct focus, create depth, and even take an "outside of the box" risk. Check out my favorite five accent wall ideas you can do!

1. Paint

This is by far the simplest and most cost effective. I am a huge fan of using highly saturated colors to create a statement when painting an accent wall. Challenge yourself to a bolder color and if you hate it, it's easy to change!

 I love how just the back wall of the staircase being painted creates depth.

I love how just the back wall of the staircase being painted creates depth.

 Feeling like a pro, try making a design with your painted accent wall.

Feeling like a pro, try making a design with your painted accent wall.

2. Molding

Putting molding walls got a bad reputation when so many builders decided to put a single piece of molding around the room called a chair rail (literally one of my least favorite things). However, molding on a wall can look super sophisticated. From the traditional picture frame molding to the more contemporary box molding. 

 Traditional picture frame molding makes this ball and clawfoot tub feel right at home.

Traditional picture frame molding makes this ball and clawfoot tub feel right at home.

 Taking a traditional molding and turning it into something special with this geometric designed wall using molding.

Taking a traditional molding and turning it into something special with this geometric designed wall using molding.

 Contemporary box molding give this space a real sense of scale. By painting it, it draws the eye. 

Contemporary box molding give this space a real sense of scale. By painting it, it draws the eye. 

3. Wallpaper

Yes, wallpaper is still in, in fact, it never left. I have used wallpaper in no less then 100% of my recent projects and with the endless possibilities of patterns and styles wallpaper can work for everyone. It really does make me overly excited. 

 Sometimes just one wall is all you need for wallpaper. This creates the perfect layer for this living room. 

Sometimes just one wall is all you need for wallpaper. This creates the perfect layer for this living room. 

 The perfect nursery wallpaper. It's bold and beautiful and it only needed on the feature wall.

The perfect nursery wallpaper. It's bold and beautiful and it only needed on the feature wall.

4. Tile

I love a tile accent wall! I use them frequently in bathrooms, bars, and even in bedrooms and other spaces. There are some really amazing tiles that will wow you and create huge impacts in a home. 

 Having fun with a wall of accent tile in a bathroom brings so much style to your home.

Having fun with a wall of accent tile in a bathroom brings so much style to your home.

 Wavy wall tile used to create a contemporary feature wall in this home.

Wavy wall tile used to create a contemporary feature wall in this home.

5. Wood

I tend to lean more towards the modern use of wood as an accent wall, but for clients who love that "farmhouse" style, you can also use reclaimed wood. 

 Taking traditionally rustic reclaimed wood and flipping it on it's scrip by using in a more tailored pattern.

Taking traditionally rustic reclaimed wood and flipping it on it's scrip by using in a more tailored pattern.

 Dimensional wood accent wall. This is my dream.

Dimensional wood accent wall. This is my dream.

 Wood used in a more contemporary fashion. 

Wood used in a more contemporary fashion.