Who Doesn’t Love A Good Accent? | The 10 Best Accent Wall Ideas


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April 23, 2019
Zoe Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good accent (wall)?! They’re exotic. They’re intriguing. They’re something everyone wants. Today we have a round-up of our 10 favorite accent walls ideas from around the world (wide web). From classic to modern, we’ve got you covered. Let’s start with our most classic options.

1. Board and Batten

dark blue board and batten accent wall in bedroom | best accent wall ideas
Angela Rose

Like I said, starting with the classics. And the reason they’re classics? Because they have, and will always be, beautiful.

If you’re interested in tackling board and batten for yourself, you won’t want to miss this DIY board and batten FAQ.

2. Full Wall Wainscoting

white picture frame molding accent wall in white living room
AM Dolce Vita

If you’re looking to add some elegance, this is your look. Full wall wainscoting screams classy and sophistication.

Check out our tutorial on how to install picture frame moulding. It’s a beginner-friendly DIY that just requires a few tools. In fact, you don’t even need a saw. You can use these miter sheers instead!

3. Brick

faux brick accent wall finished with german smear and whitewash

If you don’t have real brick, don’t worry! We created this wall using faux brick paneling from Home Depot. You can read the full faux brick german smear tutorial here.

4. Shiplap

black shiplap accent wall in bedroom
Restoring Home

Who doesn’t love a good shiplap? Keep it white and classic or try a dark color for a new twist. If you’re interested in getting the shiplap look for less, we’ve got you covered with a faux shiplap tutorial.

Want to DIY buy don\'t know where to start? Click here to grab your free guide!

5. Geometric

geometric white accent wall in grand entryway
Styled to Sparkle

This is where it starts to get FUN. Mix up your angles to create your dream pattern. If you’re ready to make your own wood trim accent wall, check out our tutorial.

6. Ombre

ombre painted accent wall

Can’t decide on a paint color? An ombre wall adds a softness to your room that a single paint color can’t get you. You can also create a pattern (like mountains) to incorporate the ombre look. We have a full tutorial here

7. Cement and Metal

metal and cement accent wall
Monju Surfaces

Okay, this isn’t really concrete, but it has a soft concrete look to it. Metal accents add warmth.

8. Geometric Wood and Bold Colors

geometric wood wall with dark blue accent wall

Bold colors and wood. A combination you can’t beat. Rather than paint, stain your accent wall for a completely different look. If you want to create this wood wall yourself, we have a full tutorial here. Even if you don’t want to make this wall, the tutorial gives you a great information on creating any feature wall! 

9. Wood Shingles

wood accent wall in office

Wood shingles?? Get creative with your materials for a unique accent wall. We actually loved this wall so much that we decided to tackle one similar to it. Check out the shingle wall tutorial here.

10. Fun Patterns

polka dot accent wall in playroom
Sunny Circle Studio

Sunny Circle Studios is the queen of fun patterns! You can get this look from wallpaper (yes it’s made a comeback) or with paint.

Phew, who’s inspired? Now I need to find 100 more places for different accent walls! If you’re feeling ready to design your next accent wall, check out this post about creating the design and getting the measurements

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  1. Misty Boaz says:


    Would you mind telling me the paint color on the wall in picture number 8 (geometrical wall)? I love it!!!!!

    • Zoe Hunt says:

      Hi Misty! It’s Behr Tsunami, but I will say that it DRASTICALLY changes colors depending on the light. I recently repainted it to a similar color (Sherwin Williams Moscow Midnight) because it drove me crazy how different it looked during different times of the day.

  2. Christina says:

    Hello! Would you mind telling me the paint color in the first picture (on the board and batten wall)? It’s a beautiful color 🙂

    Thank you!!

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