Accent walls: Do and Dont’s


The idea of an accent wall is not a new one. It was seen to be a staple of interior design trends during the 90s – and it has now had somewhat of a surge in interest.

The point of an accent wall is that it is a wall that has more colour and interest on it than the others in the room. It draws the eye and becomes a feature (a feature wall is often what it can be called).

It can be pretty nerve-wracking to add an accent wall to your home, so you will want to get the process right.

To help you, we have put together some of the key do’s and don’ts in accent walls for you to be able to learn more about them and decide whether or not they are the right choice.


Do be personal

If you want to combine an accent wall with something more personal, then it makes sense that you make your feature wall a celebration of your life and the lives of your family.

There are many ways to do this; you can have canvases created with your favourite images on them, create framed collages of a variety of pictures, or simply frame photos and hang them up.

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Don’t be afraid of colour

The main aim of an accent wall is to be striking and bold, which means that you will want to embrace the more colourful side of life. Colours can be used to bring the space to life, and the rule to remember is that it is sometimes the case that brighter is better.

That said, you do need to be aware of how the colour you are choosing will work with the rest of the space without it clashing.

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Do try some patterns

One of the most obvious ways to use patterns and prints in an accent wall is with wallpaper. Of course, this is popular for a reason, and it does work, but there is so much more that you can do with patterns than that.

Some great ideas that we have seen are to paint patterns straight onto the wall, this could be more intricate designs (if you feel that you can do this artistically), or it could be more blocky if you want to keep it simple.

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Don’t forget woodwork

Who said that an accent wall has to only be about the wall itself? We love the idea of embracing a different take on accent walls, and perhaps woodwork could be just what you are looking for.

Doorframes, windowsills, and even the doors themselves can be painted brightly and boldly, contrasting against the rest of the room.

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It doesn’t have to be hard to create an accent wall; you just need to think about how you can make colour work for you and the space that you have. Then you can embrace a slightly older trend and make it your own.

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