Accent wall ideas to make an impact in your home

Accent walls are still in trend in 2021 but in a different form. They are not just a painted accent wall, but most likely a board and batten accent wall from floor to ceiling or wood accent wall.

If you ask yourself which wall should be an accent wall, most likely is the wall you see right in front of you when you enter the room. So if you just peak in the room from the hallway the accent wall should catch your eye and make an impact even before you enter the room. But there are more factors here, if it is a bedroom accent wall it is most likely that the wall behind the bed will be the accent wall. Or if it is a living room accent wall the wall where your fireplace is will be the accent wall. This is because the fireplace is most commonly the focal point of the living room, and having another wall be the feature wall may be too distracting. But in the end, everything depends on the place. So you do what works best for your space.

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1. Black board and batten bedroom accent wall

Board and batten bedroom accent wall in Carbonized color by Sherwin Williams
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Using a dark color that is very bold can feel overbearing if used on large areas, that is why an accent wall is a great option. This bedroom feature wall is in the color Carbonized by Sherwin Williams. It is a board and batten wall made of vertical boards giving a dimension to this space.

Having the right accents around the room to coordinate with your new color, like this olive charcoal rug, can make the room decor feel cohesive. Adding contrasting colored scones on each side of the bed can create that hotel room feeling we want for our bedrooms.

2. Herringbone shiplap accent wall

Herringbone shiplap accent wall in a bedroom with metal bed and windows on each side of the bed
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An accent wall is a great way to break up a space, especially in the bedroom between two windows. The light blue wall color in this bedroom goes perfectly with the herringbone shiplap accent wall in light oak.

The hues of blue from the bedding that goes along with the canvas and the blue walls create a tranquil feeling. While the herringbone wall creates a focal point and visual interest in this bedroom.

The pops of black from the farmhouse-inspired metal bed and the sconces on the wall give a perfect contrast to the natural wood color of the accent wall.

3. Paneled feature wall for bedroom

Navy bedroom accent wall with paneling
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The unique pattern of this feature wall creates a strong impact. The Naval color by Sherwin Williams on this accent wall creates drama in this bedroom, and the surrounding white walls and bedding make it appear bigger than it is.

The pink decor from the throw pillows and the pink stems pops against the navy accent wall giving it a soft and calming note. We can see a hint of navy color in the bedroom rug which ties this whole decor together. And the silver sconces on each side of the bed bring a modern aesthetic to this bedroom decor.

4. Neutral paneled accent wall for small bedroom

Grid board and batten accent wall in light grey color
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If you want an accent wall in your small bedroom but choosing a bold color is not an option because it will make it appear even smaller, making a paneled neutral accent wall is the way to go. It gives a focus and texture to the room without making it appear smaller than it already is. The wall color used for this bedroom accent wall is Versatile Grey by Sherwin Wiliams.

Choosing neutral colors for the bed and bedding is also a great idea for making the space look bigger. You can add color in your room with small decor pieces like this magnolia wreath on the feature wall. Also using some greenery in vases on the side tables can give a fresh vibe to your decor.

5. Half board and batten wall

Half board and batten accent wall
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If you are into traditional decor using a half board and batten wall is the way to go, but if you want a more modern look, a full board and batten wall should be your choice.

This bedroom designed in a rustic style features a half board and batten wall. The dark orange hue of the accent wall mixes well with the similarly toned accents throughout the bedroom. Using a warm color for your featured wall can make your bedroom look warm and cozy. Add in a sherpa blanket in the decor as well for an extra warm feeling.

The dark orange color stands perfect against the dark wood bed frame and the rustic nightstands in mid-century style.

6. Black shiplap wall around a fireplace

Black shiplap accent wall in living room
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We are amazed hot this asymmetrical living room actually looks perfectly symmetrical all thanks to the smart design choices that go flawlessly with the black shiplap wall.

The black shiplap wall in color Iron Ore by SW is a perfect background for the light oak built-ins and the floating shelves which are actually a DIY project by Danny and her husband Marc from @diyfrenchfarmhouse.

The black walls make the beautiful stone fireplace pop even more without taking the glory off of it. And the symmetrically placed picture lights on the black wall give a highlight to the open shelf decor elements.

7. Paneled wall

Black accent living room wall
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A dramatic black backdrop can make a washed-out room come to life. It is an easy way to introduce some energy and drama into a room quickly. Black accent wall works best with crisp white and warm wood tones.

This living room features a paneled black feature wall behind a black painted fireplace which makes this side of the room even more dramatic. The dramatic black color is contrasted with white decor elements like the white bead garland and the tall white vases on the fireplace and the white slip chairs. And the wood mirror frame and the woven basket add warmth to the space.

8. Dining room accent wall

Navy dining room accent wall
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This dining room board and batten wall is painted in color Cascades by SW which it is the perfect moody green with a hint of blue undertone.

The wood tones from this modern boho dining room work perfectly with this wall color, especially the dark wood on the arched hutch.

Having rich tones in your dining room makes the room feel cozy and moody at the same time. Adding an accent wall to your dining room can bring your place from drab to fab.

9. Kids room board and batten accent wall in lime green

Lime green accent wall for kids room
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If you want to use neutral colors for the kids’ room furniture, having an accent wall will give life to the room. This bright lime green accent wall in grid pattern makes this room feel energizing, just as a kids’ room should feel.

Pair the wall color with some decor details like the green accents in the dinosaur sheets to create a cohesive look. The bright green color looks great paired with orange and dark wood accents like the mid-century nightstands and the hardwood floor to add a hint of contrast.

10. Black and white accent wall in boys bedroom

Kids room accent wall
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This combined board and batten wall is designed in the same materials and colors as the decor elements in this kids boys room, so it kinda looks as a unity.

The bottom half of the wall is in black shiplap which matches the bedding and the route 66 laundry bag. The vertical board matches the stain of the custom bed frame. And the upper part of the wall in white vertical and diagonal paneling is in unison with the rest of the decor.

Even though the wall and all the decor in this room are in mostly bold colors, this otherwise small bedroom does not look small at all. Maybe because many of the decor pieces are also used as a storage space, like the football and basketball wall mounts.

11. Painted accent wall

Dark green accent wall
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This boys’ bedroom actually features two accent walls. One behind the bed is a whole painted wall. And the other one is diagonally painted with two different colors.

If you don’t like to use board and batten accent wall adding an accent wall with just paint is a great and more affordable idea. Make things more interesting by painting only half of the wall like this diagonally painted wall, which will add more texture to the room.

This camo inspired boys’ room is painted in Shade Grown by Sherwin Williams.