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There are many ways to elevate the look of your home in so many different styles. But one of the easiest ways to add some interest to your space for essentially any design style are accent walls! Accent walls can really be for any room of your home and is a fantastic way to have a nice focal point to your space. One room that you can add a nice feature wall to, which might surprise you, is the kitchen. Here are some fun kitchen accent wall ideas that have been popular options these days. 

Brick…House

Depending on your decorating style adding a brick accent wall to your kitchen can really spice things up and add tons of texture.

Depending on your decorating style adding a brick accent wall to your kitchen can really spice things up and add tons of texture. You can opt to dig in and do some real brick or do a faux brick wall. These days, there are so many ways to do faux brick that actually looks like the real thing!

Check out this incredible kitchen faux brick accent wall from Larissa at Prodigal Pieces. She made some faux brick accent wall spaces around her kitchen and I am here for it!

Check out her awesome pictures of the faux brick project and you’ll even get to see how she did it with a step by step tutorial!

Kitchen Accent Wall in Stone

You have probably seen your fair share of stone fireplaces in living rooms, heck you might have one yourself.

I know I do!

But what about in the kitchen?

Cami over at Tidbits and Company wrote about how to DIY a stone accent wall over on her blog. She also talks a bit about how you can make a natural stone wall or go for a manmade stone for your feature wall.

Just stunning!

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A Chalkboard Wall in Your Kitchen?

This really comes down to your personal style, like any of these options really, but making a kitchen accent wall that is a full chalkboard? So cool and helpful and economical!

Hear me out…

Instead of using pieces upon pieces of paper every time you need to write a reminder down or your weekly grocery list, you could put your handwriting skills to the test and write what you need down on the wall!

Sounds like a little kiddos dream come true. “Mom says I can write on the kitchen wall?!”

Yes Junior. You can with a chalkboard accent wall!

I mean, you can make so many different creative designs that can easily wipe away time and time again.

The easiest way to achieve this chalkboard look is to invest in some chalkboard paint and slap that on the wall you want some visual interest. Chalkboard walls are definitely becoming one of the more popular choices these days.

Out of the “Woods”

Another fab option to think about when deciding what kitchen accent wall is for you, is wood! Now there are loads of ways that you can make a wood accent wall. Here are just a few.

This is so gosh darn cool. The look of different wood tones really makes this kitchen wall pop.

wood paneling on a kitchen accent wall
Source: HARIS KENJAR

The above photo has a really cozy feel in this kitchen. It looks like they had several different natural elements in this kitchen as a whole too for a more rustic look. This accent wall is made of wood paneling which can be bought in sheets of wood planks at your local store. Wood paneling can make putting up a wood accent wall in the kitchen a breeze.

Herringbone Patterns for the Win

Err what in the world is “herringbone”?

If you’ve never heard of this design word, you aren’t alone.

Herringbone has to do with describing a certain pattern, whether it be herringbone patterns on wallpaper, arranged with planks, or with tiles, you name it!

Here is a great example of a beautiful herringbone pattern in this kitchen. Herringbone patterns on a kitchen accent wall can be one of the easiest ways to add a bit of “pizazz”. But in a classy way of course!

herringbone pattern in kitchen tiles

This gorgeous photo is from Carla Aston from Carla Aston Designed where she talks about herringbone patterns and whether or not people should be concerned if it’s just a tacky fad or a timeless and beautiful option,

“Personally, I think herringbone patterns are timeless. And with smaller, or longer, handmade glossy tile, they can look even more unique and special.”

Carla Aston- designer and blogger at Carla Aston Designed

Good ‘Ol Wallpaper

I know, I know, Rae’s gonna talk about wallpaper…again. You know I love the way it makes creating an accent wall so fun and simple. You’ve seen several projects be done with peel and stick removable wallpaper. It was once used in my kitchen, bedroom, and dining room to name a few.

If you do a quick search of some great choices of removable wallpaper, you’ll easily see how many are truly out there. From bold colors, bright colors, crazy patterns, minimal styles, the list goes on. Depending on your own personal style, you most likely will be able to find the right wallpaper for an incredible eye-catching accent wall in the kitchen.

(And also, it can be a fraction of the cost of some other kitchen accent walls. Win!)

my brick wallpaper kitchen
my Christmas kitchen brick accent wallpaper

Classy Black Accent Wall

If you tend to like a more sleek and modern look for your spaces, and your kitchen in particular, try looking into a nice black accent wall. I have seen a lot of different ways to do this, some using matte black paint on their accent wall giving it a more “flat” paint appearance. The only thing I would say is that I would maybe advise against using matte paint of any kind in your kitchen.

Black accent walls in a kitchen can add a touch of sophistication and versatility to any style of kitchen. Whether you have a sleek and modern kitchen or a cozy farmhouse-inspired space, a black accent wall can effortlessly elevate the overall look and feel of the room.

If you know paint, you’ll know that paint can be in different finishes.

  • Flat/matte– Absolutely no shine on your walls at all. Matte paint and flat. Good for living rooms for instance.
  • Eggshell and Satin– The in-betweeners. A mix between gloss and matte. Has a flatter look but still can wipe clean.
  • Glossy– Super shine. Easy to wipe clean but super shiny looking.

Now I just need to say that I’m no paint expert so this is just a really basic understanding of the different types of paint sheens. You could definitely dive deeper and do a better job at explaining this in more detail.

The reason I bring up the different paint finishes is to think about them when you are painting your classy black accent wall in your kitchen. You wouldn’t want to paint your kitchen is a flat or matte finish and when there are splatters and spills on your walls, they won’t wipe off well.

Which, in a kitchen, splatters can be a given!

One of the great things about black accent walls is that they work well with a variety of color palettes also. Black acts as a neutral backdrop, allowing other colors to pop and stand out. It complements both light and dark shades, providing a striking contrast that adds depth and visual interest to the kitchen.

For a farmhouse or rustic kitchen, a black accent wall can create a dramatic focal point. It pairs beautifully with natural wood tones, adding warmth and richness to the space. Consider using black shiplap or reclaimed wood for the accent wall to enhance the rustic charm. This combination of black and wood creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere, perfect for gathering around with family and friends.

In a colorful kitchen, a black accent wall can serve as a grounding element. It allows bold and vibrant colors to shine even brighter, creating an energetic and visually dynamic space. Consider combining the black accent wall with vibrant cabinets or colorful backsplash tiles. The contrast between the black wall and the vibrant elements will create a striking and eye-catching design.

No matter the style of your kitchen, a black accent wall can contribute to a sense of elegance and timelessness. It can give your kitchen a sophisticated and high-end look without overpowering the overall design. Whether you choose to keep the rest of the kitchen neutral or infuse it with vibrant colors, a black accent wall will effortlessly anchor the space and make a statement.

In conclusion, black accent walls in a kitchen are versatile and classy, regardless of the style of your kitchen. They can add a touch of sophistication, create contrast, and elevate the overall design. Consider incorporating a black accent wall to transform your kitchen into a stylish and upscale space.

Check out some of these fantastic kitchens with an accent wall of black paint.

When we think of accent walls we usually don’t think of gallery walls most of the time.

But I’m here to tell you, if you really want the look of a nice accent wall and don’t have the time or cash to put up something like stone or brick for instance, make one with frames!

Let me show you want I mean.

Emma Chapman over at “A Beautiful Mess” did a fab job thinking outside the accent wall box here.

Not only does this look really creative, but picking out frames and paint for this project is a lot more budget-friendly if that’s something you’re looking for.

Arlen Herandez showed us these sweet kitchen walls from House Beautiful that was designed by Molly Britt. And I am here for it! This kitchen nook uses a gallery wall of wall art as a focal point in their kitchen design, so cool. Not to mention this kitchen accent wall idea is a great way to uplevel a small kitchen.

Easy. Breezy. Beautiful…Accent walls!

(Sorry I’ll stop.)

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FAQs

Which wall should be the accent wall in the kitchen?

Pretty much any wall in your kitchen design can be an accent wall. Though I would say that it’s called a “focal point” for a reason. So make sure that the right wall that you choose is going to stick out in a good way so it can be easily seen.

Opt for a wall that you think already is the “star of the show” and draws your eye to it. Adding an accent wall will just further elevate it in style!

What do you put on a kitchen accent wall?

We have looked at several amazing accent wall designs, but of course there are others. If you do decide to add a kitchen accent wall to your kitchen design, make sure to make a plan first and you can always start small.

When it comes to accent walls, there are numerous options for what you can put on them. The choice ultimately depends on your personal style and the overall aesthetic of the room. Here are some popular options, some of which we have already touched on:

  1. Paint: The simplest and most versatile option is to paint the accent wall in a bold or contrasting color. This can instantly add visual interest and make the wall stand out.
  2. Textured Panels: Installing textured panels, such as reclaimed wood, brick, or stone, can create a rustic or industrial look. These panels add depth and texture to the wall, making it a focal point in the room.
  3. Shelves and Display Units: If you want a functional accent wall, consider installing shelves or display units. You can showcase artwork, collectibles, books, or plants to add visual interest and create a personalized touch.
  4. Mirrors: Mirrors can be an excellent choice for accent walls, especially in smaller rooms. They reflect light and create an illusion of space, making the room appear larger and brighter.
  5. Gallery Wall: Creating a gallery wall with a collection of artwork, photographs, or framed prints can be a unique and visually appealing way to decorate an accent wall. It allows you to showcase your personal style and adds a touch of creativity.
  6. Decorative Wall Panels: Decorative wall panels come in various materials like metal, PVC, or MDF and can be used to create intricate designs and patterns on the accent wall. These panels can add an element of elegance and sophistication to the space.
  7. Murals: For a statement piece on your accent wall, consider a mural. Murals can range from nature scenes to abstract art, and they can completely transform the feel of any room.
  8. Fabric: Hanging fabric on an accent wall can create a soft and textured look. You can choose to cover the entire wall or create a tapestry-like effect with fabric panels and pieces.
  9. Lighting: Adding accent lighting, such as wall sconces or spotlights, can enhance the visual appeal of the accent wall. It highlights the texture or design elements and creates a cozy and inviting ambiance.

Remember, the key is to choose something that complements the overall style of the room and reflects your personality and taste. Experiment with different materials, colors, and textures to create a unique and eye-catching accent wall.

Should you have an accent wall in your kitchen?

As we were seeing, accent walls aren’t just for your dining room or living room, but the kitchen is a great option as well!

Take a look at your kitchen design and if you have a focal point in your kitchen or a wall that needs some life to it, an accent wall is an easy way to spiff it up.

Whether you’re looking at some traditional kitchens or kitchens with bold colors, you can absolutely make the perfect accent wall to go with your kitchen design that matches your personal preference.

Are accent walls still in style 2023?

Absolutely! Accent walls for any room, even the kitchen, is a style that is still going strong in 2023.

And for good reason!

With there being so many different ways to achieve the perfect accent wall, I see more accent wall design ideas coming in the future as well.

And with there being so many different kitchen accent wall ideas, it should be a design that will be around for quite awhile.

Conclusion

If you take away anything from these ideas here, remember to choose a great accent wall that compliments the rest of your kitchen and also matches your personal decorating style.

You’ll be surprised by how much a lovely kitchen accent wall will change your whole space.

Comment below if you’ve created any accent walls or have any in your home. We love seeing pictures of your space as well!

Happy creating!

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