An accent wall in any room, done right, can add a punch of color or personality to any space. In fact, what you choose as an accent color or material says a lot about you.
A bright pop of this year's color: green
Green is often chosen for a soothing effect because of its prevalence in nature. "There are studies that tell us that being surrounded by green encourages us to breathe slowly and deeply, slowing the production of stress hormones," says Leatrice Eiseman of Eiseman Color Blog. This bright lime hue includes a shot of yellow, which imbues energy along with a calming vibe. If you're drawn to this type of accent wall, chances are you appreciate nature but like a lively life — and the atmosphere to keep it going.
Wallpaper accent wall as headboard
Whether it's a partial wall that divides a bedroom space in a small apartment, as shown above, or a full wall in a larger home, a wallpaper accent treatment can showcase the bed and take the place of a traditional headboard. This look shows you're creative and artistic. "Wallpaper accent walls are especially terrific if you don't have a lot of art," says blogger Annie Elliott of Bossy Color Blog.
Creating an accent wall using texture
An accent wall doesn't have to be a different color from the rest of the room, according to blogger Pam at Retro Renovation. The accent wall in the midcentury modern home pictured above was a homeowner's DIY project, using strips of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which were affixed to the wall using adhesive and pin nails. The whole thing cost $250. This type of treatment shows a homeowner who appreciates the history of his home, staying true to the integrity of the design while putting his own contemporary spin on it.
The reclaimed wood accent wall
In this example, painted, stained and raw woods are mixed for an interesting display. Other ideas include using wood from pallets, old fencing, barns or discarded floorboards. This space is part of the headquarters for Studiomates, a collaborative workspace of designers, illustrators, bloggers, writers and developers in Brooklyn, New York. But an accent wall like this — or one with only unpainted, reclaimed wood — can suit a residential space just as well. Whatever your design space, using reclaimed wood shows that you're eco-conscious and creative.
Using a collection to create an accent wall
These lightweight wicker plates and shallow bowls hang easily on the wall and can be moved around for a whole new look. You can execute a similar look with ceramic plates, framed art or even just colorful papers. Depending on the items you choose to display, your look can say "balanced and harmonious" or "careless and bohemian," according to Julie Paulino Yenicag, interior designer, planner and blogger at Belle Vivir. Whatever comprises your collection, using it to create an accent wall will show that you're passionate about the collection, and something of a romantic at heart.
Whichever type of accent wall you love, blogger Kristie Barnett of The Decorologist has one "rule" to keep in mind: "Let your architecture be your guide," she says. "Which wall deserves to be accented? The one with interesting architecture."
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