Forget Gallery Walls—This Trend Is About to Be Big Again

Updated 06/19/19

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.

Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Patrick Cline ; DESIGN: danielle colding design, inc

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?

Ellie Cashman Dark Floral Wallpaper $115
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Joe Schmelzer ; DESIGN: Consort Design

Champagne. Geometric. Metallic. These are the colors, schemes, and finishes that dreams are made of, so why not combine them into the wall above your bed? This bedroom combination is a masterful take on modern glam. 

Schumacher Cordoba Mist $183 $79
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Heredwelling ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

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.

Farrow & Ball Pitch Black $99
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Mariko Reed ; DESIGN: Heath Ceramics

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.

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
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Courtesy of OneFineStay

A living wall is an inventive eco-chic twist on the accent wall, as the Clerkenwell Cooperage proves. This wall brings the outdoors in and the entire dining room to life. Because a little bit of greenery goes a long way, and a lot of greenery goes even further.

Luludi Living Art Moss Wall Garden, Black Frame $599
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Mr. Perswall

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.

Mr. Perswall Magic Marble $59
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
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. 

Farrow & Ball Blue Ground $99
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Brittany Ambridge

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.

Serena & Lily Lemons Wallpaper - White $88 $40
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Francis Amiand ; DESIGN: Laura Gonzalez

I’m not one to be seduced by an accent, but this paneled mirror accent wall (and fireplace) is simply irresistible. This wall exemplifies how simple, minimal, and chic a room can be with a statement accent wall that does all the talking.

CB2 Quilt Floor Screen $599
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Nicole Franzen ; DESIGN: GRT Architects

I've got a major wall crush on this mudroom. The soft gradient color wallpaper is a perfect way to adorn a front door with a spectrum of optimistic color to put you in a good mood as you head out for the day or as you come home for the night.

Calico Wallpaper Aurora Haven $32
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Prue Ruscoe

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
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Over Wallpaper? These Fresh Accent Wall Ideas Will Change Your Mind
Brittany Ambridge ; DESIGN: Haus Interior

When it comes to pattern, you can't go wrong with black and white, and you can't go wrong with stripes. A striped accent wall makes a great backdrop for linens and throws that mix together patterns within a tight, focused color palette.

Sweet Zoe Shop Black and White Wide Stripes Wallpaper $60
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Which of these walls inspires you?

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