Forget Gallery Walls—This Trend Is About to Be Big Again
When someone mentions accent wall ideas, I can’t help but flash back to my early 20s (longer ago than I care to admit…). Those first and second apartments where I was desperate to make the space temporarily my own with a small budget and a paintbrush. But just like me, accent walls have come a long way over the years. In fact, there is a multitude of fresh, new accent wall ideas that are completely worthy of your weekly #wallcrush. Who doesn’t love a good accent?
Think about how accent walls can fit into your own design goals. Looking to de-clutter your décor with a less-is-more approach? Use an accent wall to replace the need for art or other hangings. Interested in adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space? Paint an accent wall in your favorite shade. Want to spice things up with a pattern without committing to an entire room? Pick an accent wall to paper. Regardless of your aesthetic, an accent wall is the perfect way to add personality and chic factor to a space with small square footage.
Say goodbye to your gallery wall: Scroll for 12 fresh accent wall ideas that make a major style statement.
What sets this accent wall apart? First, the dramatic, romantic blooms paint an artistic tone. Second, the way the dark wallpaper meets the staircase creates instant contrast that cuts the room along a diagonal line. Third, did I mention the romantic blooms?
The best statement piece in any home is, of course, the art you make yourself. In this modern, masculine living room, designer Leanne Ford and client Erik Lang were inspired by an art piece by Jonas Bergkvist to create a black-and-white accent wall design. Consider it the ultimate conversation starter for your living room.
Tile is definitely in style when it comes to kitchen designs, and when it comes to creating an accent wall for the heart of the home, it's important to think beyond the backsplash. Extending the tile to the ceiling is a stunning way to give the entire wall texture. Pro tip: Keep the shelf décor minimal if possible to let the accent wall really shine.
Heath Ceramics Made-to-Order 4x4” Classic Field Tile in Layered Glaze LM1 ($39)
Few stones make more of a statement than marble. In this entryway, the accent wall sets a chic tone for all who step inside; the marble wallpaper adds an element of smooth texture without taking away from the brightness of white walls.
Courtesy of Masquespacio
To add interest to a bedroom, it's hard to beat a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant color. Paired with sleek lighting and nightstand tables, the turquoise shade on this accent wall gives this bedroom a bold splash of color that doubles as a visual headboard.
The lesson to be learned in this kitchen is clear: When life hands you lemons, make an accent wall. Conversational wallpaper patterns make for fun accent wall content, and only covering one wall means you can get away with patterns that have a little bit of quirk or smile factor.
Green and white has become a go-to color combination for a fresh kitchen design, and this kitchen wall packs an especially bold tropical punch. Welcome to the jungle.
Walls Republic Tropical Natural Green And White Leaves Wallpaper R4191 ( $236 ) ($169)