An accent wall is a hot trend for this year, so if you are looking to give your living room a decorative makeover, here’s how to create one.
Select the Right Wall
An accent wall should be the first thing you see when you enter the living room. Depending on the layout of your room, it could be the largest wall, or perhaps the wall above the fireplace. Make sure the wall you select as your accent wall is free from light fittings and other distractions. You will need a decent amount of wall space to turn it into an accent piece.
Paint and Paper
The simplest accent wall is one decorated with a different color or some decorative wallpaper. This works well in any home, whether it is a contemporary or period property. Use your main color as a starting point. For example, if your room is painted pale grey, you could use a deep turquoise as your accent color. Or, if you elect to hang wallpaper, look for a design to match the grey walls.
Try a few colors out for size. Purchase paint test pots and see how the colors look at different times of the day. Create a mood board to try out different themes.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different paints. There is now a huge range of paints for interior walls, from metallic paints to suede-effect paint colors. These types of paint look great when used on an accent wall.
Are you feeling adventurous? If so, have a go at creating a design on your accent wall. Mask out horizontal or vertical lines using tape and paint eye-catching stripes or a geometrical design. You could even try making your own stencils using thick paper and a craft knife.
Another option for the artistically inclined is to paint a mural. You don’t have to go full-on and paint a replica of your favorite Banksy piece, but a simple design that’s in keeping with the overall theme of the room will create a fun talking point for guests. Exercise your creativity and have a go with some acrylic paints. If you hate the result, you can always paint over it!
Picture walls are a fun way to create an accent wall. Photos are a popular starting point, but it’s OK to hang an eclectic collection of artwork and prints. In fact, the more diverse your pictures, the better it will work. Mix and match frames. Include traditional wooden rectangular frames mixed with round picture frames and canvases. Large and small, old and modern.
Organize your pictures on the floor to finalize the best layout before you start banging picture hooks into the wall. Once you are happy with your design, you are good to go.
Decals are a fun, modern solution for accent walls. A huge range of inexpensive decals is available online, from trees, birds, and flowers, to modern geometrical designs, cars, and random symbols. Have fun and try a few out for size. They are easy to apply and just as easy to remove when you need a change.
Have fun and be creative. That’s what an accent wall is all about!