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  • Stephanie Donnelly

Accent Walls for Any Room

Updated: Oct 31, 2022

We’ve all seen the Pinterest posts that catch our eye and make us gaze at the perfectly done walls that now resemble more closely to artwork than a simple wall. Whether it's a rustic, reclaimed wood wall behind a headboard or a dramatic wallpapered wall in a dining room, they always end up looking like the most perfectly painted accent wall you've ever seen. These statement walls don't just "happen" though. There is much thought and consideration taken into account in order to create a masterpiece that elevates the design of your room.

Accent walls naturally attract the eye in a space, so think about the flow, purpose, and architectural structure of the space. Is the room long and narrow with a fireplace centered on the far wall? Do you have your headboard against a wall that features a tall vaulted ceiling? Spots like these are all great candidates for highlighting with an accent wall. Think about where you want the focal point to be in the room and also if there are any furniture pieces that you’d like to pop with a dramatic background. Accent walls work in any size room from big open floor plans to tiny powder rooms. Keep reading to learn how to achieve the perfect accent wall for you and your space in many different styles!


The easiest way to create an accent wall is to paint it — it’s minimal effort and can easily be changed out at a later time. Paint is a great option for when you just need that injection of color to add a little depth.


Wallpaper is a little more effort, but well worth it for the right pattern. A bold pattern can create a dramatic look, while a more subtle look can be created simply by adding some texture. With removable options available as well, it’s easy to update your space whenever you would like a fresh look!


Another great option for creating an accent wall is utilizing texture changes. This can be achieved with stone, tile, brick, fabric panels, reclaimed wood, panelling, shiplap, or adding trim to create a dimensional accent. A dramatic color is great for a smaller accent wall or when being paired with an overall lighter palette so the dramatic color doesn’t feel too overwhelming. When creating a larger accent wall or if you’re adding an accent through dimensional trim, a more subtle hue is typically a better option.

Architectural Features

Painting a floor to ceiling wall to wall bookcase or built-in as your “accent wall” is more of an architectural take on a statement wall that is functional. Highlighting these features in this simple way helps to draw the eyes and create a focal point in the room. Whether cabinets or bookcases, make sure to paint any wall space that is visible the same color so that it is seamless. This works especially well in a room that might be a little more monotone. Don't forget to add art, lighting, and decor for added interest!


Window walls add the “wow factor.” If you have an amazing view, sometimes the statement is showing this off by large open windows that take up the entire/majority wall. The preference for open concept homes is moving from interior walls to exterior walls. A wall of large glass windows can visually open up an entire story and improve the aesthetic with sunshine, sleek design and natural beauty.

Ready to make your accent wall dreams come true but don’t know where to start? Chat with an expert designer today for advice on how to add a designer-approved accent wall to your space!

~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!


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