9 DIY Accent Wall Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting

9 DIY Accent Wall Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting | Diary of a DIYer

Is your home looking a little drab? Break up the ‘blah’ and add an accent wall to your living space.

Accent walls are great for adding pizzazz to an otherwise monotonous room. With their bold colors, styles and materials, accent walls turn a blank canvas into the focal point of your room. There are a lot of paths you can take to create an accent wall. Here are nine ideas for accent walls that are easy enough to DIY.

1. Paint

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Painting your wall a different color is the most common way to create an accent wall. It’s probably the easiest choice on this list and most effective considering how little work goes into it. If you’re feeling crafty, go a step above and make patterns using painter’s tape or stencils.

2. Stikwood

Want to add rustic charm to your space without putting in a lot of elbow grease? Stikwood is just what you’re looking for. It’s a brand of peel-and-stick wood panels and installation is a breeze. The real wood panels can be measured and cut down for the perfect fit or pattern.

3. Art

Create a focal point in your room with a large piece of art on your accent wall. Don’t want to commit to a single piece of art? Create a gallery wall with family photos, artwork, and other pieces of wall art. Gallery walls allow more flexibility when it comes to switching out pieces of art. Your tastes will inevitably change and a gallery wall will change along with them.

4. Shiplap

For a more coastal feel, install shiplap on an accent wall. Thanks to HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper, shiplap is uber-trendy and not too costly. Shiplap is characterized by long wood panels with grooves that give it a tight fit. Historically it’s been used for building barns, sheds and other exterior buildings. Today it’s found in homes no matter the décor style: coastal, rustic, contemporary – you name it.

5. Tile

An ideal option for bathrooms, tile accent walls are both functional and stylish. In an environment where water can run rampant, it’s nice to have walls that are protected from the elements. Some homeowners will install tile halfway up the wall from the floor. Others will tile the whole wall.

6. Stone

Stone is another accent wall option that shares similarities with tile. Stone veneer can come in small pieces or as part of a larger tile. These accent walls are usually made up of thinner pieces of stone and are light and easy to work with. Depending on how large your wall is, installation shouldn’t be too difficult or time-consuming. If you’ve installed a backsplash, you can create a stone accent wall.

7. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is often seen as an outdated home décor practice, but don’t rule it out until you’ve gone over all your options! There are a lot of wallpaper patterns in line with contemporary trends like geometric and florals. 

8. Fabric

If the idea of wallpaper seems too old-fashioned, take a modern approach and install a fabric accent wall. Fabric isn’t as permanent as wallpaper (as in, it’s easier to remove). Once the fabric’s secured on your wall with liquid starch, removal is as easy as wetting it down and peeling it off. A fabric wall covering also gives you an opportunity to add texture and vibrant patterns to a room.

9. Chalkboard

Childhood wall artists, meet your dream come true. Thanks to chalkboard paint, you now have the option to make a chalkboard wherever you want one. You can either paint an entire wall with chalkboard paint or hang an oversized chalkboard. A chalkboard accent wall would be perfect in a budding little artist’s bedroom. 


And there you have it: nine ideas for creating an interesting DIY accent wall.

Simply put, your accent wall will become the focal point of the room. You’ll want to choose an area that you want people’s eyes drawn to (and it doesn’t just have to be a change of paint color like many assume). Making your own DIY accent wall will give you the freedom to branch out and be creative with your walls.

Do you have an accent wall in your home? I’d love to see it! Snap a quick picture and share it with me on Facebook or Twitter.

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