Make One of These Beautiful Accent Walls Your New Year’s Resolution

These accent walls are #designgoals for 2019. From colorful barnwood to striking wallpaper (we think you’ll love #10) to bold paint colors, here are 11 walls that give you beautiful accent wall ideas.

millenial pink accent wall

Blue reigns in the bedrooms but what if you don’t want to go all blue? Pick a wall to be painted blue and the rest of the space be soothingly neutral. It’s a great way to have a strong color without overbalancing the space. Try Canyon Blue for this look in your home.

green accent wall brown couch

Barnwood, especially the colorful kind, draws all eyes to it. If you’ve chosen it for a foyer or entryway, the door can be used to accent the colors in the wood. Thoughtful details like that are what take a space from amateur to pro.

yellow accent dining room

This home office is really just a little corner in an open floor plan. But by adding bold, graphic stripes netted a win: It was a fast, affordable project and it was a clever way to define the office area from the rest of the space.

teal accent wall kitchen

Speaking of open space, defining living areas in an open-plan lifestyle can be a challenge. This loft rose to the challenge by creating not just furniture groupings but visual breaks — all without losing the space’s airy feel. First, the owner partitioned off the bedroom with a glass wall; then they used the teal accent wall to further delineate the back two rooms from the front of the loft.

green accent wall master bathroom

If you hear “wallpaper” and “accent” in the same sentence, you may immediately think of those ubiquitous wallpaper borders of the ’80s and ’90s (the ones you spent hours scraping off the walls in your first house). Perish that thought! Wallpaper is back and better than ever — and nothing says “accent wall” like a sophisticated design.

boho living accent wall

Normally, you’d think of white walls and a black accent. But why not reverse it? Go for over-the-top dramatic with a blue-toned black like Sailor’s Coat and then make your accent wall white. Talk about stunning!

custom mural wall green pink

Bring home a taste of the islands with a Key Largo-blue accent wall. This happy color will keep the sun shining, no matter the weather.

nursery with gold polka dots

If you have a flair for drama, don’t stop at one wall — go for two. Teal green grasscloth wallpaper defines the living area while a black-and-white wall moves your through to other parts of the house. Red chairs, green throw pillows, and black-and-white accents pull the whole look together.

custom mural wall green pink

Create an ethereal look by dabbing paint in cloud-like layers across one wall. Use tone-on-tone lamps and linens, and set the whole thing off with a pop of color in a bench or chair.

purple flower wallpaper

How cool is this geometric wallpaper? We love how it takes plain spool beds with mismatched blankets and turns them into something magical.

leafy green wallpaper accent wall

Here’s another idea of how to work an open floor plan. Make the most of a narrow wall by setting it off with a super-sophisticated wallpaper (or, more affordable, hand-painted stencils). A glamorous bar cart gives the space purpose, elevating it from “just a wall” to a true accent.

Find the colors that will work on your accent wall — and get free paint swatches. We’ll help you discover your color.


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.