5 Awesome Budget-Friendly Accent Wall Ideas

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    Accent Walls Could be the Most Budget-Friendly Decorating Hack, Ever

    Accent wall in living room
    tomdance321/ Twenty20

    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...MORE customize your space. 

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  • 02 of 06

    Paint an Accent Wall

    Blue accent wall in a modern living room
    Neeksandgaston/ Twenty20

    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 a...MOREccent 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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  • 03 of 06

    Use a Stencil to Add Color and Pattern to Your Accent Wall

    stencil accent wall idea
    Royal Design Studio

    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 just 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...MORE 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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  • 04 of 06

    Try Temporary Wallpaper

    temporary wallpaper accent wall
    Tempaper

    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 is your foyer, behind a headboard, and in a room lacking any real architectural features. 

    Choosing bold...MORE 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.

    Pictured: Chinoiserie Lilly Midnight wallpaper, $12 per square foot, Tempaper

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  • 05 of 06

    Add Temporary Wood Planking

    Peel and stick wood accent wall
    Homepolish via Stikwood

    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 really 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...MORE kitchen island, a bar, or to the back of open shelving or cabinets. 

    Pictured: Reclaimed weathered wood, $14 per square foot, Stikwood

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  • 06 of 06

    Use Tile on an Accent Wall

    Tile Accent Wall With Fireplace
    7 Awesome Budget-Friendly Accent Walls. ©Daltile

    Glass tile accent walls are stunning and can totally 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...MORE are much more elegant than past products and include more design options.