Accent Walls That Are So Fresh You Have To Look

When you hear the word “accent wall,” you probably think of a single wall painted a different color from the rest as a focal point. But accent wall ideas don’t have to stop there. For example, did you know that you can use accent walls to create space and intrigue? Read on for more focal point painting tips.

Offset Accent Wall

While this is a traditional color block accent wall, what makes it interesting is its juxtaposition to the neutral wall behind. You’re not just painting a colorful wall in a square room here – you’re creating a sophisticated visual effect by layering colors. Like a garden path, this creates a feeling of mystery, pulling your eye (and your curiosity) into the back part of the room.

Framed Nook

Got a neutral room that needs some punch? Don’t paint the room — paint the hallway. Then, add to the visual interest by using an open doorway to frame an interesting table or mirror.

Coordinating Colors

Don’t stop at one color when thinking of accent walls. Instead, think of sightlines — what you see at various points in the room. When you’re standing at one end of this room, for example, you’ll see the neutral walls highlighted by the mint green focal wall. But from another spot, the neutral, green and gold will all come into play. The graduated colors lead people through the room, as the eye naturally follows the changing hues.

Eye-Catching Shelving

Use an architectural feature like a built-in bar as a focal point by painting it a different color from the rest of the room. In this large, white space, it can be hard to know where to look. But the gray cabinets give the eye a starting point and gracefully lead it through the room.

Retro Angles

Create a vintage look by painting coordinating colors in large triangles. This is a great design tip for a small space where you want visual appeal but don’t have room for a lot of art. The shapes come alive when paired with a harmonizing pillow.

Pretty Wallpaper

Don’t stop at paint when considering an accent wall. Wallpaper is a natural for this kind of project because it gives you a range of colors and patterns to choose from. As with paint, you don’t have to do a whole wall. Just do a portion – use some behind the bed as a headboard, highlight a couch or dining table, or try an off-center installation like this one to layer in color.

Bright Niche

Like the built-in bar above, this room has a cool architectural feature in the form of the long, horizontal shelf. Create a focal point by painting it a bright hue. You’ll love the pep it brings your whole room.

For more great ideas for accent walls, contact our color consultants. We’d love to help you pick the right colors for your home and we’ll start by sending free 8” by 8” paint samples. (Psst! Did you know we also install and remove wallpaper?)


Kelley Rebori

Kelley Rebori has written for national brands like Paintzen, HGTV, the DIY Network and Trulia for more than a decade. She loves home renovation projects, chocolate icing and small poodles. She and her husband split the year between their homes in Tennessee and Italy.