20 Stunning Accent Wall Ideas for a Dramatic Look

Are you thinking about adding accent walls to your home’s interior design? Look no further! These accent wall design ideas will inspire you to create a dramatic and stunning look in your home.

There are many ways to update a wall in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom to create a wow factor and show off your creativity. Many of the accent walls started off as a monochromatic design style. Now you will see more with a pop of color as they like to be used as the focal point of interior spaces.

Accent walls are trendy and budget-friendly. They can help you decorate small spaces or give added texture and colors to bigger spaces.

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The Best Accent Wall Ideas Room by Room

To give you some accent wall design ideas, here are some photos below for inspiration. As you’ll see, an accent wall can work in any room of your home!

Entryway

Let’s start with the entryway, which is your guests’ first impression when they enter your home. If a full wall might be too much for you to try then use it in the entry. Stepping into your home can be a showstopper experience with a simple accent wall!

The dark accent wall brings out a fantastic contrast to the surrounding white walls and light-colored flooring. Accent walls of dark colors are a great way to make a bold statement, even in a small space like an entryway.

The accent wall in this entryway below uses multiple layers with various shapes of squares and rectangles. The mirrors and wall art line up perfectly with the square shapes.

Entry Wall Molding Details with rectangular and square shapes

This one was framed with a contrasting color that really highlighted the wall design. The furniture meshes well well with the lines and textures.

White Accent Wall with bold, black molding details. There is a mirror, chandelier, and two lamps on top of a console for decor.

This hallway with a cool retro feel is an option to brighten up a boring wall. The large mirror also opens up the space and gives more attention to the dark lines.

Modern Retro Hallway with white paint and black lines

Kitchen

If you like to have open shelves in your kitchen, then you can expand your backsplash and transform it into an accent wall.

Dining Room

Accent walls in dining rooms can be simple with wallpaper and floating shelves. Elevate the space with a mirror, bar cart, or wall sconces.

Master Bedroom

We’re starting out with the master bedroom because most of us spend lots of time in our bedrooms. We desire a space that’s cozy and welcoming.

A bedroom wall would my top choice. You have the option of using the wall where your headboard may go or use the accent wall to act as the headboard is another affordable option.

In this photo, blue paint was used to showcase the molding details. The square shapes make the room look symmetrical.

Blue accent wall with square shaped molding behind bed and two side tables

These diagonal lines look so stylish in this master bedroom. The wall is painted a darker cream color, and the molding is a light cream color. The earth tones match all the furniture which creates a cohesive look.

Bedroom Molding Details in Earth Tones

There are a few different shapes that can make an accent wall look stylish. These triangles are proof of that!

Diamond Shaped Accent Wall with Molding Details behind a bed and wall art

This bedroom focuses more on the ceiling with the molding detail and beautiful millwork that is completed vertically. There are so many lines, textures, and decorative pieces working together in this master bedroom! I love how the dark blue, grays, and whites complement each other.

Using color to showcase the molding details in blue is one of the most popular colors in the design. This one was paired with even more texture with white painting.

Light Blur Black and White Stripes behind a bed and desk

Living Room

Sometimes a living room wall can easily be elevated with simple wallpaper and wall art. This minimalist design uses shades of black and white to create a classic, yet modern look.

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Home Office

An easy way to create an accent wall is with wallpaper. A little pop of color and geometric designs can add character to a home office and make you never want to leave! The neutral colors in this wallpaper allow you to buy a desk and office chairs with bold colors.

Showcase your wall art with a gallery wall! This is an excellent way to present and show your art or any other decor items you would like to showcase.

Molding and Accent Wall that is displaying an art gallery with floating shelves

This office space had an open wall for the molding design details.

Sometimes a simple paint color can enhance an office space too. This coastal interior design shows that pastel colors can create a calming atmosphere with beachy vibes.

large mirror that opens up an office space

This green paint color adds a calming effect to this home office space. This particular color is Sherwin Williams Underseas.

Lofts and High Ceilings

A look you may not see often enough is sprucing up the ceilings. Yes, an accent wall can be applied to the ceiling too!

Another option is to layer the wall for a 3D effect with the same neutral color in this loft design.

light blue molding on ceiling on the second floor of a home

Super high ceilings are the best way to try the ceiling details here. Adding color and shapes to the entire ceiling is a bold move.

square Ceiling Details and ceiling fan in a Bedroom

The layers of molding on this ceiling will make the room feel very spacious.

Foyer Molding Ceiling Details that show different levels in the ceiling

Stairway

This stairway landing wall is another area of the home that you can spruce up with some molding and texture! It’s the perfect way to add visual interest to a spot in the home that is usually left bare. If you prefer neutral paint colors, then you can install a textured wall like this one.

Hallway Molding Details next to a staircase

Accent Wall Ideas FAQs

Which wall should be the accent wall?

Traditionally, the accent wall is the feature wall of a room. For example, in a bedroom, it would be the wall behind the headboard. Or in the living room, it’s the wall behind the TV and entertainment center. It’s best to choose a wall without windows because then you can decorate the wall with floating shelves or create a gallery wall with wall art.

What is the rule for accent walls?

For interior designers, this is referred to as the 60-30-10 rule. 60% should be your dominant color (neutral colors are recommended) while 30% is a secondary color or texture and the final 10% is an accent color.

What colors or styles are recommended for accent walls?

I recommend neutral decor with monochromatic in a cream or a white for a bedroom or a family room wall. Keep it simple with a white/cream wall. Add wall art for a multilayer effect. For shapes, I would go with the ones that are symmetric with rectangles or in a geometric style.

Which wall should be the accent wall?

Generally, I choose the wall within the room that doesn’t have any windows. I zone in on the wall that will give you the most flexibility. Will you have a lot of options for rearranging furniture and moving wall decor around? Will the wall look good with a bold paint color or a neutral color? Answer these questions first, and it will help you finalize your decision.

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Nicole Mickle

I've lived, worked, and played in Orlando my entire life. Let's make the most out of your Florida lifestyle! I'm here to help you take overwhelming interior design options and simplify them room by room.

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