An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point the your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are a fun yet typically inexpensive DIY project. There are unlimited paint options for an accent wall, as well as other surfaces and materials. Even the location of the accent wall itself is purely personal. Your home is unique, so your accent wall should be just as special.
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Pop of Color
You can easily add an accent wall to your room by applying a new paint color. This is a great starter accent wall, because it can take as little as a single afternoon. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic. As long as you have the right accents around the room to coordinate with your new color, you can choose whatever color makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – there are plenty of other ways to use paint color! Perhaps implement some stripes, or even a speciality paint finish. We’re currently loving metallics!
Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort.
Patterns + Murals
Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but they’re still pretty subtle compared to other accent wall options. A chalk paint accent wall is a creative idea for any room and makes for some fun moments when you’re entertaining. There are also endless options for wallpaper and stenciling if you want some patterns, or you can get really bold with a mural or oversized art print. Don’t let the sound of wallpaper scare you, because we’re not talking your grandma’s wallpaper. Today’s wallpaper can be chic, bold, textured, patterned, and most of all – temporary! So if you’re a commitment-phobe or you’re drawn to the word easy (say easy installation, easy removal), check out some of these top temporary wallpaper brands to know.
Use your wall to tell your story. A gallery wall not only can add style, but also can be used as a unique way to make a personal statement or document your experiences and travels. Don’t feel pressured or intimidated by uniformity; a gallery wall can indeed display a variety of artwork! Feel free to mix it up by including personal or family photographs, paintings you’ve purchased, souvenirs from your travels, and even personal mementos like children’s artwork. To avoid looking like a haphazard jungle, you should look for some way to tie it all together. Check out these tips from art installers, museum staffers and others with expertise in hanging art.