Accent walls in a room can change the proportions, the mood, and the scale of how you feel in a space. Originally, accent walls were a bold or complimentary color to the main colors of a room. This accent wall would be used to draw your eye to a main focus, and away from unflattering areas.  An entertainment center, fireplace, or bed would be the primary focus of the room, and therefore would be in front of the accent wall.  Today, accent walls are not just painted, look at these options for defining your home’s style with other rich materials.

NATURAL MATERIALS: Stone, brick, slate and wood are all materials found in nature that act as a natural way to bring the outdoors in, especially on an accent wall.   The coarser and larger the material, the more rustic and informal the space will feel.  While using smaller and smoother elements, the room will feel more formal and refined. Fireplaces are natural accent walls that demand attention when you walk into the room.  Consider using large or small natural materials to set the tone for the rest of the space.

MURALS: Remember the life size athletic stickers that kids would put up in their rooms? Murals are the adult version of these! Adults can express their passions on the wall and still look stylish. Murals can be applied like wall paper, and come in a variety of options. Sports, nature, illusions, and cityscapes are popular amongst people who want to have an accent wall that delivers excitement or a blast of pop culture. Stickers and adhesive applications are smaller versions of murals, but can be used on accent walls as well.

HALLWAYS/STAIRS: In these areas we rarely consider using accent walls.  Accent walls can also be used to deliver the individual through an ‘experience’ on their way to another room of the home. Ever been in a house with a long hallway and there’s nothing on the walls? It feels like the longest hallway ever! Consider using pops of color, natural materials, or treat it like an art gallery. Accentuate the space with the use of framed photographs, art, and family memorabilia. Instead of wanting to run down the hall, the space will be a lot more enjoyable to travel through.

WINDOWS: Believe it or not, an accent wall could also be a window.  Many homes have incredible picturesque views of mountains, city lights, the ocean, or a gorgeous manicured lawn.  Windows create a ‘living’ accent wall that is ever changing, and provides the space with light.  To take advantage of a beautiful view, consider using windows with minimal mullions to break the eye’s view.  The fewer interruptions your eye makes, the more the outdoors will pull itself inside your home. Expansive windows can make a painted accent wall seem pale in comparison.

Freshome readers share with us how you create accent walls in your space! Do you use paint, pictures, or natural materials? We’d love to hear from you on how you define your home’s style through the use of accent walls.