Your home’s walls may be just that – plain walls. And while they serve their purpose, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be fun. Adding a splash of color and pattern to a not-so-lively wall will transform it into a focal point of excitement and sophistication in your home.

These entertaining and elegant accent wall ideas do the trick – and won’t leave a dent in your wall… or your wallet.


Wallpapered Accent Wall

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A few feet of wallpaper can go a long way in a small area of your home. We love strong patterns for living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, and softer looks for bedrooms.


Bold Choices

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Whether using a solid-colored wallpaper or a quart of paint, adding a punch of color to your wall will surely make a powerful impact to any room. Just make sure to choose a color that works well with the overall design of the space.


Architectural Accent Wall

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While bold treatments can be a lot of fun, a gentler approach can still draw the eye. A subtle shift in color, pattern or texture is effective in elevating the design of a space. For example, this paneled look provides a cool and elegant way of achieving your goal.


Focal Point Feature

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Accent walls require picking a focal point to highlight – and it’s important to pick the right one because no one wants to set up a wall for uncomfortable competition with other of the room’s areas. You can’t go wrong with a bright kitchen backsplash that establishes visual dominance.


Shiplap Dreams

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Farmhouse style is here to stay thanks to stylish shiplap plank walls. This unique wall covering modernizes the barn look by accenting the lower half of a wall – bringing the eye in and providing a sought-after cozy country feel.


DIY Sponge Wall

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If you’re looking to add a personal touch to your walls, then try taking matters into your own hands with a new painting technique, such as a sponge or ombre effect. This visual punch to a plain-color looks awesome and is quick and easy to achieve.


Au Natural

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A wooden wall may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you prefer the old-fashioned method, then installing reclaimed wood planks is a given. But for a less-labor intensive and cheaper project, consider using stick wood for a similar effect.


Mural, Mural

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Another great way to incorporate a distinguishing mark in your wall is to adorn it with a mural that fits your personality. For those with an artistic side, you can use an overhead projector and draw on a unique design using a sharpie.