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14 Accent Wall Ideas For Your Home

By Sherry Holmes

Mike’s Advice / Design & Renovation Inspiration

Monday, June 7th, 2021 @ 4:00am
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What is an accent wall?


An accent wall typically is a wall that differs from the other walls, either by a different color, texture, pattern, artwork or architectural element. 

The purpose of an accent wall is to create a focal point to a room; a place that your eye naturally gravitates to when you enter a space or room. An accent wall can make a room feel bigger with impact or even make a large room feel cozier. 

Dark colored walls create the illusion of depth and make the room feel much bigger than it is but accent walls can also help connect colors and fabrics to create a cohesive effect within a space or room.

Check out these 14 unique accent wall ideas for your home.

Geometric Wallpaper


A geometric wallpaper pattern is perfect for adding a contemporary feel interest to your basement wall. Applying wallpaper on a wall is a fairly easy and budget friendly DIY project, especially with the new peel and stick versions available today.

Basement geometric accent wall by Lexis Homes.

Here is another geometric wallpaper in a home office by Lexis Homes.

Really brings the wow factor to your work space. It’s easy to find wallpaper online as well.

Patterned Wallpaper


Creative patterns add a unique touch to a bedroom accent wall. 

This bedroom is from an episode of Holmes and Holmes. We went a little bold with this wallpaper, but it’s so gorgeous.

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Textured Wallpaper


There are many types of wallpaper styles and patterns available. You can order wallpaper rolls online and make it a weekend project.

Textured wallpaper on a accent wall adds real depth and creates a focal point to the room. Textured wallpaper often has embossed, raised elements or a 3D effect.

This bedroom is from a renovation project featured in Holmes and Holmes.

Wallpaper Accent Wall for Galley Bar


A galley bar area is a unique space to add some glam with this rockin’ skull wallpaper pattern

This skull wallpaper adds a unique element to this galley bar area by TRUbuild Homes.

Peel and stick wallpapers are easy to install, as there is no wall prep or clean up. You can even use the leftover wallpaper for smaller spaces like bookshelf backings

The best thing about peel and stick wallpaper is that it is easy to remove and a great option if you are renting.

Bright and Bold


A bright hue is a simple and easy way to make a statement in a small space. Paint one wall bright green for example, and keep it simple for the rest of the walls.

Home office by Saldan Construction Group.

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Cool Blue


I personally love blue as an accent color for walls and décor. I wanted to paint my daughter’s room blue, but my husband had other ideas, but maybe I’ll get my way for our second daughter?

This cool blue living room is by Lexis Homes.

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Purple Haze


Don’t be scared of dark paint colors in the bedroom. Using a darker hue can create the illusion of depth and make a small room feel much bigger. Pair a dark, deep wall with light bedding and furniture. 

Painting is an easy DIY job, and when you get bored of the color, painting it a different color is an easy switch. Just remember, you might need a good primer to block the old colour from interfering with your new colour.

Bedroom by Saldan Construction Group.

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Striped Wall


How pretty is this vertical striped wall in the bedroom? It’ll take some skill, but you can do this on your own. You can even play with horizontal stripes. I also love the home décor here! Like dark colours, stripped walls create the illusion of depth and height and are great for hallways or on stairways.

Bedroom by Rockcliff Homes in Ontario.

Have fun with the walls


Most people like to paint one wall a different color and leave the others plain. We decided to do something different in this living room below and brought in shades of blue for the other walls. This works particularly well when you have an angled wall too.

Project featured in Holmes and Holmes.

Statement Wall


If you want to really make a statement, use your fireplace wall as your focal point. This shiplap wood panel accent wall instantly transforms this space from plain to farmhouse chic.

Project by Timber Block.

Custom Wall


My brother Mike Jr decided to add a personal touch to this living room wall for a wonderful homeowner. He was able to create a stunning accent wall for Lorraine while also showing off his carpentry skills.

This project was featured in Holmes Next Generation.

Wainscoting Wall


I’ve never tried doing this myself, but I love the look of panels on a wall. Wainscoting or beadboard provides such a classic look to your home interior and is a perfect addition to a power room, stairway, dining room or almost any room. 

Adding wainscoting is also a good way of hiding imperfections on a wall, like lath and plaster typical in older historic homes.

This is a photo of my home.

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Wall Panels


A wall like this will be harder to do on your own, especially on a wall that flanks a staircase, so bring in a pro. If you are looking to make bigger changes, it’s always good to bring in an interior designer as well who can help you pick out your wall colors.

I love this feature wall by Zeina Homes in Hamilton.

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3D wall panels are eye-catching because they add depth to the room. You can cover the entire wall or just a portion of it, depending on the look you want to create. I love the look of them and can create a real “wow” factor. You can check out more designs at Improve Canada.

3D wall panels by TALISSA DECOR

 

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