An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from dull and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.
The starter accent wall
You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues, grays, and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic, it can be subtle too!
Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct.
Wallpaper has made a huge comeback. Choose one wall and add a bold geometric design or a less subtle design, either way, it will add texture to a basic wall.
Floor-to-ceiling wood planks or natural stone 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 and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort. View how to prepare pallet wood here.
Patterns, murals, and more
Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but you can also go with other wall options.
A simple wall plant will give dimension, add a few if you are working with a larger wall.
You can also get really bold with a mural or oversized art print.
What to consider when working with your accent wall? If you plan to sell your home in the near future, keep it subtle. If you’re holding on to your home, then go for it!