16 Living Rooms With Accent Walls

Accent wall with mirrors
SuzAnn Kletzien Design

Whether light and bright or dark and dramatic, an accent wall is a great way to have a little fun with color and/or pattern. So if you are looking for some extra pop in your living room, consider an accent wall to liven things up.

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    Orange Living Room Accent Wall

    Bright orange accent wall in living room
    Nest Seekers via Houzz

    A bright orange accent wall is a great way to add a burst of energy to a living room. It is fresh, fun, and full of life. Keep in mind though that because they are so stimulating, electric colors like the orange in this room courtesy of Nest Seekers, are best suited to living areas and not sleeping areas.

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    Deep Blue Living Room Accent Wall

    Deep blue accent wall
    Dettaglio Interior Design

    This stately accent wall, in a room designed by Dettaglio Interior Design, shows how an accent wall in a saturated color can add depth and interest to a traditional space.

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    Geometric Living Room Accent Wall

    Patterned accent wall in living room
    Refined Interiors

    An accent wall does not have to stand out and make a big show of itself in order to make an impact. In this living room from Refined Interiors, geometric wallpaper is a perfect complement to the warm leather sofa and midcentury modern buffet.

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    Tone-on-Tone Living Room Accent Wall

    Tone on tone accent wall
    Burnham Design

    People tend to think that an accent wall must be a different color than the others in a room, but as this living room accent wall from Burnham Design demonstrates, a tone-on-tone pattern can be just as impactful. Here the applied molding is painted the same color as the wall and creates a dynamic, textural effect.

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    Playful Wallpaper Accent Wall

    patterned wallpaper midcentury living room
    Fotograf Lisbet Spörndly

    A colorful, patterned accent wall is a playful addition to this youthful living room. While the pattern is a bit intense, the teak midcentury shelving unit placed in front helps to temper the effect and help it blend into the rest of the space.

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    Minimalist Living Room Accent Wall

    Blue living room accent wall
    Foreign Bear Studio

    Add interest to a white, minimalist room with an accent wall in a deep color. In this living room by Foreign Bear Studio, the chalky blue adds depth to the pretty but moderate space.

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    Bright Yellow Living Room Accent Wall

    Yellow accent wall in living room
    Chris Snook

    Using primary colors together in the same room is a great way to create some energy. In the case of this living room, courtesy of Chris Snook, the accent wall color is bright yellow - the perfect complement to a navy blue sofa.

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    Horizontal Stripe Living Room Accent Wall

    Striped accent wall in living room
    Beth Bourque Design

    Horizontal stripes are a great way to make a room look wider than it really is. If painting the entire room feels like a bit too much, an accent wall is a great alternative. To keep it from looking too choppy, consider two different shades of the same color, like in this living room from Beth Bourque Design Studio.

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    Built in Shelving as a Living Room Accent Wall

    Teal accent wall built in shelving
    A&D Vanessa Faivre

    For maximum impact, consider painting an accent wall and all the shelving attached to it the same color. In this room from Vanessa Faivre, all of the shelves and storage boxes were painted the same intense shade of teal as the wall, creating a striking, three-dimensional effect.

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    Optical Illusion Living Room Accent Wall

    Attic room feature wall
    Wright Building Company

    Make a narrow room appear longer with a feature wall at one end. In this attic playroom by Wright Building Company, the end wall was painted royal blue, which makes the wall look further away than it really is.

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    Chalkboard Paint Living Room Accent Wall

    Chalkboard accent wall
    DM Architects

    An accent wall does not have to be just decorative. In fact, it can be very practical. In this room from David Moriarty & Associates, a bump-out wall was covered in chalkboard paint in order to create a message center. This type of wipeable paint is great for offices, mudrooms, and kid's rooms.

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    Multicolor Mural Living Room Accent Wall

    Playroom accent wall
    Lucy Interior Design

    To add a sense of playful energy to a children's playroom, consider a colorful, geometric mural, like the one in this room designed by Lucy Interior Design. The intensity of color and design would be a lot on a larger wall, but in this little nook, it is just right.

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    Mirrors on a Living Room Accent Wall

    Accent wall with mirrors
    SuzAnn Kletzien Design

    A feature wall doesn't have to stop with the paint color. In this room from Suzann Kletzien, the dark blue accent wall is heightened with an eye-catching grouping of round mirrors. To recreate a look like this, make sure to ​hang all the items close together and treat them as you would a single unit.

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    Textured Living Room Accent Wall

    Textured Accent Wall
    Soelberg Industries

    Paint and wallpaper are not the only options for accent walls. Treatments such as wood, brick, stone, and tile can add texture, and in some cases, create a three-dimensional effect. The woven design in this accent wall creates a sense of depth and movement that you just cannot get with paint.

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    White Living Room Accent Wall

    White accent wall
    Pinemar Inc.

    People tend to assume that an accent wall has to be a strong color in order to stand out. But sometimes the opposite is true. In this room courtesy of Pinemar, the main walls are painted dark blue, while the accent wall is white. With everything else in the room being fairly dark, the effect is striking.

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    Lime Green Living Room Accent Wall

    Lime accent wall
    Think Contemporary

    If you are not afraid of having a little fun, consider a living room accent wall color such as lime green. Not for the faint of heart, the color in this room from Think Contemporary takes a little getting used to, but the overall look is fresh, fun, and full of life.