If you're looking for a budget-friendly way to make a big impact in any space, an accent wall is the answer. Forget the "one red wall" style of accent walls from several years ago; accent walls have gone creative. You don't need a huge budget to create a stunning custom look in your home with an accent wall. There are accent wall ideas no matter your taste or budget. Color is the least expensive and easiest way to create an accent wall, but there are many other stylish ways to customize your space.
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Paint an Accent Wall
Creating a stunning accent wall can take little more than a gallon of paint and an afternoon for painting it. Choosing the right accent wall paint color is important as it will become your room's focal point. Choose a color that works well with your other colors in the space. If your existing wall color is warm, you'll want to choose a warm wall color. Be careful even with neutral colors, as they have color undertones and temperature that can make your accent wall look out of place.
Faux-finish accent walls are not as popular as they once were, but using metallic paints or plaster techniques are still very much in style. Be sure to try your faux-finish technique on a piece of wallboard before trying it on your wall, that way you'll have practice time and a preview of how it will look. Consider taking a free workshop at a local home improvement store to perfect your technique and get help recreating your accent wall at home.
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Use a Stencil to Add Color and Pattern to Your Accent Wall
You can make a big change to any room with wall stencils. The newest wall stencil patterns are gorgeous and easy to use. With a wall stencil, you may not even have to repaint your accent wall, instead, add color with the stenciled design. Stenciling a wall is a great way to add more of your accent color to the room without overwhelming it.
You won't have to create a big color contrast to get a dramatic accent wall; the biggest trend in wall stenciling in your home is using neutral colors. By keeping your colors muted, you can highlight the pattern of your wall stencil and create a timeless accent wall. Look for trendy geometric and Moroccan patterns for an updated look in your home.
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Try Temporary Wallpaper
Temporary wallpaper is a huge trend and is very budget-friendly. Also called "renter's wallpaper," this product is removable and requires no paste or water. You can have a lot of fun with patterns and colors you might not want to live with permanently. Temporary wallpaper is perfect if you'd love a stylish look without the commitment. The best spots for a temporary wallpaper accent wall in your foyer, behind a headboard, and in a room lacking any real architectural features.
Choosing bold wallpaper patterns in vertical stripes can make your ceiling look taller, and horizontal stripes to make your room look larger. You can use temporary wallpaper in clever ways to update your space easily and affordably. Don't limit yourself to a simple wall application; you can use this wallpaper to line the back of shelves or inside cabinets to add a peek of color and pattern.
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Add Temporary Wood Planking
Everywhere you look reclaimed wood is popping up in home decor. You can easily and affordably add that weathered style to your home with this clever product. These peel-and-stick wood panels from Stikwood can help you create a warm accent wall without the heavy lifting.
There are no limitations to where a reclaimed wood accent wall could go in your home. You can create a warm and inviting family room or add style to your foyer. You can also add the look of reclaimed wood to the sides of a kitchen island, a bar, or the back of open shelving or cabinets.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Use Tile on an Accent Wall
Glass tile accent walls are stunning and can change your space. Your options for the tile accent wall include tiling the entire wall in gorgeous glass tile for a high-end look. This is the most dramatic way to add a tile accent wall but may not be affordable for every budget.
If you love the look of a sleek tiled accent wall but don't have the time or budget for a big tiling project, consider peel and stick tiles to create your room's focal point. The new peel and stick tiles are much more elegant than past products and include more design options.