When working on home decor and design, many people choose to have one major component in a room and then build from that. Whether it is an ornate table in the dining room or a gallery wall in the living room, it is the heart of your space. Accent walls are a fantastic design choice as they can either be that element or provide the backdrop to help that special feature shine. Here are 30 stunning accent wall ideas for any home.

1. Cozy Charcoal Accent Wall. Gray is a popular color not only because it brings a sense of sophistication to your room, but it is also neutral enough to pair with so many other color choices. This charcoal accent wall provides a calm backdrop to this cozy bedroom, while the subtle geometric designs in the paneling create texture and visual interest.

Dark Accent Wall Behing a Bed Idea

via @birdsong.design

2. Farmhouse Panels. Thin vertical panels are a great way to add rustic charm to your bedroom. You can DIY this lovely accent wall in a weekend with thin strips of trim and a fresh coat of paint. Even if you choose to keep your new wood paneling white, it will create that farmhouse style.

Sage Green Accent Wall with Vertical Panels in a Bedroom

via @firwood.farmhouse

3. Bold in Black. If you love the idea of a bold living space but find too many colors or patterns overwhelming, a dark, dramatic accent wall might be just the thing. This beautiful black wall draws the eye while highlighting the room’s soft feeling and otherwise neutral colors.

Black Accent Wall in a Living Room

via @jenniferkizzeedesign

4. Old World Blue. Many people find that adding an accent wall to their nursery is a great way to highlight their chosen style, whether through paint or something more dramatic. We love this bold paneling and French blue color. It gives the room a royal vibe without being over the top.

Blue Gray Wood Paneling Accent Wall in a Nursery

via @nikandliv.diy

5. Big Boho Vibes. Neutral colors and wood accents are a great way to achieve a boho feel in any room, and this idea for a small bedroom knocks it out of the park. The herringbone wood paneling on the accent wall makes a big statement while still maintaining an earthy feel.

Small Bedroom with Wood Accent Wall

via @intentionalspace

6. Reclaimed Lumber Wall. This wood accent wall is the perfect backdrop to a rough and tumble little boy’s room. We also love that this accent wall can be built with reclaimed boards and scraps of lumber that would otherwise go to waste.

Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall in a Kids Room

via @carterrenadesign

7. Matching Colors. Your accent wall is only as good as the design of the rest of your room. So when choosing a paint color for your accent wall, be sure to choose something you love enough to incorporate in other places throughout the space. Here, the homeowner has used this lovely navy not only on the wall but for dining chairs and some of the room’s glass pieces.

Dining Room with Dark Blue Accent Wall and Gold Decor

via @cristinaisabeldesign

8. Wall Art Accents. Creating an accent wall doesn’t have to be a labor-intensive project and doesn’t even need to be a different color than the rest of your room. It just needs to draw your attention. Here, you can see the accent space is created by using wall art and making a small gallery.

Living Room with Black Wals and Accent Wall Art Gallery

via @haneens_haven

9. Gallery Nook. Your accent wall can also be an accent nook or corner. For example, this homeowner has taken the often unused space at the foot of the stairs and turned it into a gallery wall using artwork and a little desk.

Accent Gallery Wall Near a Staircase

via @creekwoodhill

10. Be Aware of Lighting. Your light sources are an essential factor to consider when choosing where to add an accent wall. Ideally, you want to pick a wall that will be highlighted by your installed lighting or the natural light flowing through your windows. In this home office, the large window is a natural focal point, which makes the wall around it the best place to add an accent.

Home Office with Industrial Shelving and One Wall Painted Dark

via @ash_restoredhome

11. Add Texture with Paint. In addition to your paint color, adding texture is a great way to make a wall a unique focal point. You can do this in many ways, but one of the easiest is choosing a painting technique that will create the feel of texture on a flat wall. Here, the earthy tones and paint style give this accent wall the appearance of suede or another soft fabric.

Textured Paint Accent Wall in a Nursery

via @ roxanall_

12. Partial Wall Accent. Using wall paneling on the wall behind your bed is a great accent idea. We especially enjoy how this homeowner has stopped the paneling only a short way above the headboard, making the sleeping space more defined and keeping focus centered on the bed and nightstands.

Half Wall Paneling and Light Fixtured for a Bedroom Feature

via @athomewiththeraines

13. Wallpaper Accent Wall. Wallpaper’s popularity is on the rise, not only because it is budget friendly but also because it makes it easy to add a bold look to any room in your house. This speckled paper draws your eye immediately and helps set the tone for the rest of this nursery.

Bold Accent Wall in a Nursery

via @chelseakhome

14. Wall Stamps. At first glance, this floral accent wall appears to be wallpaper, but upon closer inspection, you will find the whole wall is actually created with wall stamps. These large rubber stamps are so easy to use and allow you to create an accent wall with minimal effort.

Accent Wall in a Bedroom Created Using Wall Stamps

via @ironorchid_design

15. Use Color to Create Moods. Adding a dark wall is a great way to make a room feel more serious which is why it is a popular choice for home offices or libraries. In this office, the dark wall grounds the airy feel of the neutral furniture and helps the space feel more modern.

Black and White Home Office with Black Feature Wall and Window Frame

via @simplymadehome

16. Horizontal Stripes. Our eyes naturally follow lines, which is why painting stripes on an accent wall can make the room seem larger. These dove gray horizontal stripes add a bit of fun to this kid’s room and draw the eye down the room towards the window and play area. This is a great accent wall idea for smaller spaces.

Horizontal Stripes Accent Wall in Kid's Playroom

via @weespacesinteriors

17. Vertical Stripes. In the same way painting stripes along a wall makes it appear longer, adding verticle stripes to your accent wall will make the space feel taller. If you don’t want to spend the time taping off and painting lines on your wall, you can do what these homeowners did and use wallpaper instead.

Nursery Accent Wall Using Wallpaper with Vertical Stripes

via @asprintstudio

18. Kitchen Feature. Adding a feature wall to your kitchen can seem tricky because so much wall space is filled with cabinets and windows. However, these interior designers found an excellent solution by tiling a small area behind the coffee bar. Tile is a durable choice, and with so many options, you can make your tile accent wall as bold or sedate as you like.

Accent Wall in a Kitchen Idea

via @designingthedream_

19. Accent Door. If your bedroom door is on a wall adjoining your chosen accent wall, painting it to match is a fantastic way to tie your room together. Here, the homeowner has taken it a step further by selecting a door style and accent paneling that look similar to heighten the effect even more, and we love it. An excellent way to style a full-of-character basement bedroom.

Squares Wood Accent Wall in a Basement Bedroom Squares Wood Accent Wall in a Basement Bedroom

via @designdunnwi

20. Faux Brick. Brick walls are a significant design element for many styles, such as rustic or industrial, but adding a brick accent wall to your space isn’t always realistic. However, stencils and wallpaper are much more budget-friendly and time-friendly ways to achieve the same look.

Faux Brick White Accent Wall in a Living Room

via @thedesignhousecompany

21. Tying Space Together. Creating an accent wall is an excellent way to create cohesion among your living spaces in an open floor plan. These wall panels bring a sense of flow between the dining and living areas in this small apartment, but you could do the same with paint or other materials.

Slat Wood Wall Panels on One Wall in a Living Room

via @theinteriorfox

22. Different Take on Panels. While most paneling you’ll find on accent walls is striped or squares, we adore this different take. By using diamonds instead of the more traditional shapes, and the trendy mauve paint, the designer, has created an amazing accent wall that is both stylish and unique.

Diamond Pattern Accent Wall and Cocoon Chair

via @simplespacesby

23. Geometric Shapes. This beautiful feature wall looks impressive and is sure to draw attention, and best of all, it is easy to DIY. All you need is some painter’s tape, a few shades of the same color paint, and a couple of hours. Tape off your geometric shapes and fill each section with a different shade. You can also use totally different colors if you want a bolder look.

DIY Geometric Shapes Feature Wall Painted with Painter's Tape

via @casalinda.home

24. Work with Your Windows. Don’t be discouraged by windows set in the wall you’d like to turn into an accent. Windows can actually be beneficial. Not only do they provide great natural light to highlight your wall, but as you can see here, the blinds and curtains you chose can further accentuate your design.

Bedroom Accent Wall with Tropical Wallpaper and Matching Window Blinds

via @margaret.wright

25. Temporary Wallpaper. Temporary wallpaper is a great option when creating a bold accent wall in your kids’ playroom or bedroom. This new wallpaper acts like contact paper and is easy to peel and cover your entire wall. It is also easily removed, allowing you to update the space as your child ages.

Floral Accent Wall in a Girl's Nursery

via @fitforhisglory

26. Use Existing Architecture. If you are lucky enough to live in a home that has interesting architectural features such as a brick wall or bay window, this is where you should shift the room’s focus. These elements provide a natural accent wall, and you can never go wrong by highlighting them.

Accent Brick Wall in a Kids' Playroom

via @homeonthegrove

27. Wall Mural Scene. While wall murals used to be reserved for the artistic or ultra wealthy’s homes, thanks to the resurgence of wallpaper and modern printing technology, they are now available to us all. With hundreds of options, one is just waiting for you to use it and turn your accent wall into an oversized painting.

Foggy Forest Mural Accent Wall

via @wunderwallmural

28. Feature Fireplace Mantel. These homeowners have cleverly used a dark bold color to highlight their beautiful fireplace. Natural stone sometimes gets lost against neutral color palettes, but not here. In this living room, the fireplace pops off the black accent wall and becomes the room’s focal point.

Living Room with White Stone Fireplace and Black Slatted Niche Walls Beside It

via @thewhitehorsefarmhouse

29. Tile Accents. The teal tile provides such a great accent for the shower and tub combo area. However, this designer has gone further by adding some of the deep green tiles on the wall behind the sink. Don’t hesitate to purchase just a little extra tile to support the accent color by placing it behind the sink or built-in bathroom shelves.

Bathroom with Teal Tile Accent Wall in Bathroom

via @victoriaaldersonart

30. Be Bold If You Want To. Bathrooms are one of the areas in a home where vibrant color and bold designs are most commonly found. So, if you want something more than plain white walls but aren’t ready to commit to a large space like your living room, start with a bathroom. We love this fun walk in shower tile idea using not only pink tile but also a funky herringbone pattern.

Walk In Shower with Pink Tile Accent Wall

via @our_greenhouse_reno

This list could have been so much longer, but these 30 accent wall ideas might have given you some understanding of the spaces, styles and finishes you can work with. There are unlimited options out there, online and in your imagination, to take a plain wall and turn it into a feature. Decorating your home should be fun, so don’t overwhelm yourself. Start with one wall in one room and work from there as your accent wall confidence grows.

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