Accent walls can be a great way to show off your personal style, make a statement, and have fun with your space. You can use this opportunity to incorporate bold patterns and colors into your home while keeping the other walls simple to avoid making things look busy. But how should you go about setting up your feature wall? Which wall should you choose? Which wallpaper is right? Here is everything you need to know about designing an accent wall in your home.
Choosing a Room for Your Accent Wall
Small or cluttered rooms are not ideal for an accent wall. A larger space like a bedroom, living room or dining room works best. If you have a larger room that combines two different types of spaces — such as a connected kitchen and dining room — an accent wall can be a good way to visually separate the space.
Selecting a Wall
When you enter the room you’ve chosen to spruce up, where does your eye naturally go? In the living room, that might be the wall with the mantle or the television. In a bedroom, it’s most likely the wall touching the head of the bed. This focal point is where you’ll want to put your accent wall. If you choose a different wall, the room will have two focal points, making it difficult for the eye to find somewhere to rest.
There are, of course, some exceptions. For example, if you want to add an accent wall to your home office, you might want to choose the wall opposite your computer, creating the perfect background for your virtual meetings.
Choosing the Right Wallpaper for Your Accent Wall
Now it’s time to think about how much work you’re willing to put into executing your accent wall vision. If you want, you can start from scratch, coordinating your accent wall, other walls, furniture, and decor. For a more mid-sized project, you can choose just your accent wallpaper and complementary paint colors for the other walls. And finally, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to spice up a room, you can just choose one wallpaper for your accent wall that looks good with whatever is already in the room.
Next, you want to think about how you want your space to feel. Darker colors and patterns can make a room feel more intimate and formal, while lighter wallpaper will help open up a room. Also, while smaller prints generally make a room look bigger, large-scale prints tend to make a room feel smaller. However, these larger patterns can also add dimension and depth to a wall.
Finally, if you are a renter wistfully reading this article and wishing for an accent wall, you have options. Peel and stick wallpaper is a great choice for renters, as it has a much easier removal process than traditional wallpaper.
There are so many wallpaper options at Wallpaper Warehouse that just about anyone will be able to find something that suits their personal style. What are you waiting for? Start designing your accent wall today!