A couple of years ago we reviewed hundreds of accent wall design trends that resulted in our new product line of reclaimed wood tiles . We turned all that research into this blog post that we have been updating ever since. Below are a ton of accent wall ideas using paint, wood, glass tiles, fabric, mirrors, and wallpaper. Enjoy the fruits of our research and get inspired to update that boring wall that’s been nagging you for an update.
August 11, 2023
ACCENT WALL IDEAS FOR 2023
WOOD ACCENT WALL IDEAS
A perennial favorite for accent wall materials is wood because it adds so much texture and warmth to a room. You can use one single type of wood for your wall or mix and match different finishes, colors, and textures. Another common technique is to use different width planks on the same wall to add some visual interest. Use the articles below for inspiration to create a stunning wood accent wall that reflects your personal taste and style. Use our wood wall installation instructions when you're ready put up your new wall. If you're uncomfortable with DIY projects or woodworking we suggest hiring a professional contractor.
2023 RECLAIMED WOOD TRENDS
14 WOOD WALL IDEAS
feature walls in different styles like modern rustic, japandi, and boho using new and reclaimed wood from House Beautiful.
EXAMPLES OF WOOD IN EVERY ROOM
Creative ways to use wood in living rooms, entryways, dining room, bedrooms, and staircases.
PAINTED ACCENT WALL IDEAS
Paint is an excellent and relatively easy way to add some color and interest to a room. An accent wall creates a focal point and adds depth and dimension to any space. In the links below are some awesome tips for creating a beautiful painted accent wall in your home. From bold, statement-making colors to more subtle, neutral tones, there are a myriad of options for any room. A painted accent wall is a quick and budget-friendly way to transform your space.
Sherwin-Williams Newest Home Color Palette
Anthology: Volume One is Sherwin-Williams new longer view way of looking at its annual Colormix Forecast.
- 48 new hues
- 4 chromatic families: blues/greens, reds/purples, deeps/darks, and delicate tints
- Moving away from a 12 month forecast of color trends
NEWEST PAINT COLORS RELEASED
Newly released colors representing comfort, mindful, health, connection, joy, natural, balance, calm, inspired, contentment, thoughtful, and restored.
PAINT TRICKS FOR SMALL ROOMS
- Match your ceiling to your walls
- Go Dark
- Match your paint color to your furniture
- Paint doors and trim
15 CREATIVE PAINT IDEAS
Paint for ceilings, two tone walls, window & door frames, floor boards, and furniture from Livingetc.
PAINT COLORS ON THE RISE
7 paint ideas from major paint companies' Color of the Year choices:
- PPG and Glidden
- Valspar and Dunn-Edwards
- Sherwin-Williams and Dutch Boy
- Benjamin Moore and Behr
WALLPAPER & WALL COVERING IDEAS
If you want to add some pattern, texture, and interest to your walls, wallpaper and wall coverings are the way to go. These days wallpaper has a wide range of styles, patterns, and materials that suits most every taste and design aesthetic. Below are tips for how to add modern, graphic prints or traditional, textured designs to your space. Wallpaper and wall coverings are a stylish and relatively easy way to update any room.
PEEL AND STICK WALLPAPER TUTORIAL
Instructions from Architectural Digest including a full list of prep/install supplies and step-by-step installation instructions.
MIRRORED ACCENT WALL IDEAS
Before you embark on a mirrored accent wall project consider the following:
Placement: Mirrored accent walls are best used in smaller spaces since they create the illusion of more space and light. Hallways, bathrooms, or small living areas are common spaces where mirrors are used.
Style: Mirrored accent walls literally reflect what they face so this will reinforce whichever style your space is currently decorated in. Often mirrored accent walls are placed opposite windows to reflect the landscape, bringing the outdoors inside your space.
Maintenance: Mirrored accent walls will require the occasional cleaning to keep them looking their best. Be prepared to keep your mirror free of dust, fingerprints, and smudges.
Safety: We recommend having a contractor affix your mirror(s) to your wall. If it’s a DIY project be sure to use the proper safety equipment and follow all instructions carefully. The article below uses a number of small mirrors as opposed to one large mirror which is much more conducive to a DIY project.
THE ILLUSION OF SPACE
A relatively cheap and time-tested way to increase the size of your room. Items needed:
- Square Mirrors
- Glass Cutter
ACCENT WALL IDEAS USING PHOTOGRAPHS
Advice on creating an accent wall using photographs:
Choosing which photographs to use: What is the overall theme or aesthetic you want to create with your accent wall? Will it be family photos, landscapes, wildlife, or some other theme? A common technique to follow is to choose a single, large photograph as the focal point of the wall and then gather other photographs that fits around that main photo.
Choose a layout: Decide which layout type you prefer. Will it be an evenly spaced grid or a more organic, asymmetrical arrangement?
Arrange: Use a sketch or digital design tool to plan out the arrangement of your photos. Measure the wall and the photographs to ensure that everything will fit on the wall as planned.
26 examples to cover complete walls for a stunning effect, examples include:
- Nature Scenes
- Floral Shots
- Statement Photos
TO FRAME OR NOT TO FRAME
30 + ideas to create an accent wall using both framed and unframed photographs. Ideas include creating rows/columns, using foam board/old windows, and creating timelines.
MOSAIC ACCENT WALL IDEAS
Mosaic accent walls are the most involved type of accent wall to install yourself, be sure to consider the following:
Level of Difficulty: Creating a mosaic accent wall can be an extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive process, so be sure to set aside enough time to plan, gather the tiles, and complete the project.
Cost: high-end materials like glass or stone tiles can be expensive. Choose materials that fit within your budget or look for budget, broken, or repurposed tile to save money.
Design: Decide on the design, theme, and color scheme of your mosaic accent wall. Sketch out a detailed design or use a digital design tool.
Surface Preparation:S Make sure the wall surface is clean, smooth, and relatively flat. If the wall is wavy at all fix it before starting so the mortar/grout will hold your tiles properly.
Grout Color: Choose a grout color that works with the colors and overall design of the wall. Note that darker grout makes tiles appear smaller and lighter grout makes them appear larger.
TRENDY AND FASCINATING MOSAIC WALLS
A wonderful variety of interior and exterior mosaics including an example using mirrored glass pieces from Decoratorist.
WALLS WITH A HEART OF GLASS
We ran across glass tile mosaics by Alison Eden on Linkedin of all places. Her profile showcases her fun and vibrant work and we look forward to seeing her posts while on the platform. Check her our if you’d like to contract the studio for a custom piece as work like this is definitely not for amateurs!
FABRIC ACCENT WALL IDEAS
Steps for creating a feature wall using fabric:
Selection: Choose a fabric with an overall theme and color(s) that suits your room. Consider the weight and thickness as well as texture.
Size: Measure the wall and cut the fabric so that it will extend past all edges of the wall. Once the fabric is affixed to the wall it can be trimmed flush to the edges of the wall.
Attaching: Use fabric glue, staple guns, or a combination of both. When using fabric glue, be sure to apply it evenly to the back of the fabric and that it is smoothed out as you go. When using a staple gun start at the center of the fabric and work your way outwards. With each successive stage of staples be sure to pull the fabric taut to avoid wrinkling.
Trimming: Once the fabric is taut and installed on the wall it is time for trimming. You may need to add some more staples along the very end of all edges of the wall to neatly trim flush using a razor blade. If the edges don’t turn out as you had hoped you can add wood trim over the edges of the fabric to hide uneven cut lines.
The pros and cons of a fabric accent wall:
Fabric is an affordable material
Fabric accent walls add texture and vibrance to a room
Fabric absorbs sound, making it a great choice for TV rooms or home offices
Fabric is not a good choice for rooms with high moisture levels like bathrooms
Fabric accent walls can be time-consuming and frustrating to install
Fabric requires time-intensive cleaning and maintenance
DIY FABRIC WALLPAPER
A how to guide on using your favorite fabric instead of wallpaper for your accent wall. Installation steps include:
- Measuring & Marking the Wall
- Trimming & Cutting
- Applying Adhesive (Firm yet Removable)
FABRIC FOR EVERY ROOM AND MOOD
27 accent wall ideas using fabric that can be installed relatively quickly and also act as sound-proofing. Ideas include textures, patterns, handwriting, tropical patterns, and using remnants to create a patchwork.