Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
I have a friend who moved into a 1970’s home in the 90’s. Nearly every room in the house had a wallpaper accent wall. She promptly removed every one of them, textured, and painted. Back then, accent walls were…Just So Yesterday.
That’s because they were yesterday’s accent walls.
Fast forward to today, and cast your eye around home design trends. You can’t help but notice…
Accent walls are back–but better than ever!
I love bringing new versions of the accent wall (a.k.a. “feature walls”) into my designs. Wouldn’t you like to try one of these? Take a peek!
1. A painted wall
Why do we even need accent walls? Well, for one thing, a focal wall draws you into the room. Paint is an easy way to create a focal wall. Now, you could simply paint one wall a much deeper tone of your other walls. Or (especially in a modern setting) try a bright pop of accent color on one wall. Then, too, you could go bold or go home, like we did in these clients’ rooms: create a plaid wall with painter’s tape and three shades of paint–or even a Swiss cross wall.
2. A shiplap/wood wall
Everywhere you look, we are mad for wood. Wood furniture, artisan accessories, live edge countertops–and walls! Shiplap–whether painted white, a color, or using rustic/recycled wood–has gained a LOT of traction. I adore it, so I’ve found a lot of different expressions of this trend to use it in my own home, as well as for clients. Is there one of these that sings to you?
My client’s bold reinvented foyer features a herringbone wainscoting wall. We used a funky combination of #1 (paint) and #2 (wood).
HOUZZ loved it! What do you think?
How about the orientation of the wood? Horizontal, herringbone–in this home we chose vertical! You get to decide which direction makes the most sense for your type of wood, its finish, and the look you want to achieve with your accent wall.
A popular application with wood now is creating architectural interest and dimension with board and batten or wood boxed panels using moulding. A carpenter (or very handy helper) could help you create this effect! Not sure where to start? I’d love to help you!
3. A stone wall
Rustic or refined, a stone or brick accent wall can define an area, as it does my client’s dining room, while adding just the right amount of drama to the decor.
4. A wallpaper wall–new ways!
Banish thoughts of gingham kitchens, peach seashell bathrooms and ivy arbor living rooms–this is NOT your grandmother’s wallpaper!
Wallpapers today are fresher than ever, with exciting new prints, textures and colors–even murals. Don’t be afraid to try out wallpaper now, especially on an accent wall. You’ll be amazed at the pizzazz it can bring to your room!
Maybe a room or two at your house could benefit from an accent wall? Hmmm… Let’s talk!