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Well heya! I’m excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on lately that ACTUALLY got finished in a reasonable amount of time. Who else understands starting one too many projects and not finishing them for ages for a while? I did an accent wall project in the dining room and wanted to share some things with you that might help if you decide to take a crack at making one for your home. Let’s look at some of the ways you can make the best choices such as choosing which wall will be the accent wall, and so on.

What is an Accent Wall?

You may not be familiar with accent walls, and that’s alright!

According to Home Depot’s website they state

“Accent walls, also called feature walls, make it easy to turn a dull or boring space into a focal point. Use what you have, such as a fireplace or other architectural element, or choose paint, wallpaper or wall art, to turn a wall into a statement.” 

There you have it! 

Should you have 2 accent walls?

If you’re wondering if you should paint or make two accent walls, let me give you a friendly piece of advice. As someone who loves to experiment with home decor, I’m always looking for ways to spice up a room.

However, when it comes to accent walls, it’s best to stick to just one.

I know it might seem tempting to add a second, but trust me, it’s better to keep things simple.

Having two accent walls in one room can create an unbalanced and chaotic feel, which is not what you want in a cozy and inviting space.

So, my recommendation?

Choose one focal point and let it shine. Whether it’s a bold color or fun wallpaper, it’ll be enough to make a statement and bring life to your room without overwhelming it.

Checkered accent wall in dining room

Are Accent Walls Still Popular in 2023?

Absolutely they are! 

Depending on what kind of texture or color you decide for your feature wall, they can be a fairly easy way to upgrade your space.

If this is your first time trying out these types of walls, then you can opt for an easier option like peel and stick wallpaper which can be removable, a great option if you’re renting your space.

It’s definitely overwhelming with all the different choices out there, one of which choosing which wall the accent wall will be. To help with that, let’s look at 10 different tips for choosing the right one!

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10 Tips for Choosing Which Wall to Accent

1.  What is the Function of this Room?

Let’s say you want a stunning accent wall in your living room, okay? Well the living room’s function, or at least one of them, is a conversation room, right? With that info you could make the wall be something that “cradles” the room such as behind a couch, for extra charm. Another option would be positioning your furniture in front of your statement wall so that there’s something cute to look at when chatting with your BFF. Conversation starter, anyone?

When choosing an accent wall, it’s important to consider the purpose of the room. If the room is meant for cooking such as a kitchen, you may not want to pick materials that would easily stain or materials you can’t just “wipe off”. If it’s your living room or tv room, that won’t be as much of an issue. 

2.  Consider the Room’s Existing Décor

It’s also important to consider the room’s existing décor when choosing an accent wall. If the room is already very busy or cluttered, you may want to choose a simpler accent wall. If the room is very plain or bland, you may want to choose a more colorful or interesting type of accent. It’s going to also depend on your own style as well, which we will touch on later.

Something to think about is to look at the other surrounding walls. What I mean is, you may not want to wallpaper an accent wall with bold patterns and colors right next to another very busy wall. It will look too cluttered and may hurt the old eyes a bit!

Choosing a wall that is next to more simpler walls may be the perfect spot for your next wall statement.

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Accent wall with decor on walls

3.  Consider the Size of the Room

The size of the room should also be taken into consideration when choosing an accent wall. If the room is small, you may want to choose a simpler or more subdued wall. If the room is large, you may want to choose a more bold or dramatic accent wall.

Now here’s a quick disclaimer because, well, you know me. I personally think this is just a guideline. If you have thought it over and you want a darn colorful flamboyant small accent space, then you go girl! 

If you are stuck though, this is a good plan to follow when deciding which wall will be your accent wall.

4.  Consider Your Own Personal Style

As I’ve said in quite a bit of my other posts, I dig peel and stick wallpaper. We’ve come a long way from getting our hair as tall as possible and messing with mixing wallpaper paste. The reason I say that is only because I’m not coordinated enough for anything other than peel and stick wallpaper.

Ahem. But of course, that’s my personal style. 

Of course, you will also want to consider your own personal style when choosing an accent wall. If you prefer a more traditional look, you may want to choose a classic wood paneling or stone accent wall. If you prefer a more modern look, you may want to choose a more contemporary wallpaper or paint color for your accent wall. Just to name a few ideas.

5.  Get Inspiration From Magazines or Online

If you’re having trouble deciding on an accent wall or which wall to make as your accent wall, it can be helpful to get inspiration from magazines or online. There are many websites and blogs that feature photos of beautiful homes with stunning accent walls. You can also find inspiration from home décor magazines or even Pinterest.

6. Think About Your Fifth Wall

What do I mean by that? 

Well, your ceiling is sometimes called your, “fifth wall”.

And it often gets overlooked.

You most definitely CAN think outside the box per se and decide that your ceiling will be that statement or accent wall. 

I mean, it’s a wall right? If you do decide to go ahead and makeover your ceiling, go a step further and hang some things from it to give your ceiling that extra OMPF!

7.  Use a Sample and See Which Wall looks the Best as the Sunlight Changes

Before making any final decisions, it’s always a good idea to paint a sample on the actual wall first. This will help you see how the color or design looks in the space and whether it is something that you actually like. 

But…most people stop here. 

It’s a great idea to keep the sample up on a certain wall and see it throughout the day as the light changes. Have you ever noticed how one color can look like the perfect choice in the morning, but as the sun shifts or it gets darker, that color looks completely different! 

What?!

So make sure when you have which wall you want for your accent wall picked out, you give it a test run if you’re unsure.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect color or design, then you can go ahead and paint the entire accent wall! If you’re curious about your decor colors and how they can affect you check out my ebook “Blah To Beautiful”.

8.  Consider Wall Texture

If painting isn’t really your thing, then another option is to hang wallpaper on your chosen accent wall instead. Wallpaper can add texture and interest to any space and there are so many different colors and patterns to choose from these days. Just make sure that whatever wallpaper you select is durable and easy to remove if necessary.

If you go that route, there’s something that gets overlooked a lot. The original wall texture when choosing which wall to accent. When your wall that you’ve chosen is way too over textured, then peel and stick wallpaper may not be the best option.

If you’re sure about the wallpaper you’ve already picked and the wall is overly textured, think about changing to a different wall entirely. It’s best practice to use a wall that is as smooth as possible when adhering peel and stick paper.

Checking accent wall texture

9.  Consider the Architecture 

A quick thought. Sometimes the best wall to choose for a statement are ones with the architecture for it. Have you ever seen some walls with a section that stands out? That may just be a fabulous place!

So check around your home for sections of walls that “pop” out a bit for instance and consider if it has the right look for what you’re wanting to accomplish.

10.  Talk to a Professional Designer

If you’re still struggling to decide on an accent wall, you may want to talk to a professional designer. A designer will be able to help you select an accent wall that compliments the overall design of your home and fits your personal style.

There’s nothing wrong with getting another eye on your project. Even interior designers ask others opinions. 

If you need help with your next wall or even complete room, I would love to chat with you.

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But…Where Should I Put My Accent Wall in a Certain Room?

Which Wall Should be the Accent Wall in a Bedroom?

We all love a good pop of color or texture in our bedrooms, but which wall should get the spotlight?

Some say it’s always the wall behind the headboard, while others prefer the wall opposite the bed for maximum impact. But it does depend on where your bed is positioned and the shape of the room.

The key is to choose a wall that will draw your eye in and make you excited to enter your bedroom every day.

So whether you go bold with a bright color or play it safe with a subtle pattern, make sure your accent wall is adding something special to your sleeping sanctuary.

Which Wall Should Be The Accent Wall in a Bathroom?

Have you ever noticed how a small change can make a big difference in a room?

That’s where the power of an accent wall comes in, especially in a bathroom.

If you’re looking to add some excitement and personality to your bathroom, consider making an accent wall behind the toilet. Not only can it add some visual interest to the space, but it can also make the room feel more cohesive and put-together.

Whether you choose a bold color, a unique texture, or a fun wallpaper, an accent wall can be the perfect way to transform your bathroom from blah to beautiful. So why not take the plunge and try it out for yourself?

(Oops, no pun intended!)

Which Wall Should be the Accent Wall Living Room?

Adding an accent wall can completely transform your living room. It’s the perfect way to incorporate color without overwhelming the space.

But which wall should you choose?

The answer ultimately depends on the layout of the room and what you want to highlight.

Typically, the wall behind the sofa or the one opposite the entryway make for great accent walls. However, if you have a fireplace or a unique architectural feature on a specific wall, that could also be a great option. The key is to choose a wall that will draw the eye and add visual interest to the room without clashing with the other design elements.

Conclusion

Congratulations!

You now know how to create the best accent wall for your space. And just to recap, here are a few highlights from this post:

  • choose a purposeful color scheme
  • take into consideration the room’s aesthetic as a whole
  • focus on textures
  • experiment with materials

With these tips in mind, you should be well-equipped to get started on your perfect accent wall. I hope that this post inspired some ideas for you and that it has made the process of creating an accent wall less intimidating. Even so, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Pro Tip:

Just remember that planning is key!

The amount of effort and thoroughness you put into planning will determine the success of your project.

Everyone deserves to have an accent wall that they are proud of and by following these steps your dream can become a reality. It’s time for you to create something truly beautiful and unique!

Go ahead and let your imagination wander; explore paints, textures, materials, shapes – whatever sparks an idea!

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