Accent walls. We have several in our home and I’m definitely thinking of adding more. I’m going to share the accent walls that we have currently in our home and then I’ll share what I’m thinking of doing in the future. Here we go!
I remember as a kid, we had several rooms with wood paneling. Our living room and dining room had this really dark brown wood paneling (we also had green shag carpet in these rooms). And our bedroom (first was mine, then it was my sister’s) had an orangey wood paneling (with orange shag carpet). Wood accent walls can be dated, but they can also look modern. I’m pretty sure Fixer Upper started this trend and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.
So, shiplap is probably the most common use of wood for accent walls these days. You can go vertical or horizontal. We have shiplap in 3 rooms, and I still love it. I know some people are tired of it and it has been mentioned that it’s “out of date” but I still love it. I think you can modernize it (if that’s your style) by painting it a color other than white. (Our shiplap is all white.)
Board and Batten
Board and batten is another popular wood accent wall idea. We did board and batten in our master bedroom. We originally painted it a dark green, but I wasn’t in love with it. I changed it to a lighter, slightly blue/gray hue and I absolutely love it.
Wallpaper is kind of controversial, right? I remember my mother deciding on the perfect wallpaper for our living room and dining room. She went back and forth before making a decision. I also remember when they moved to their current home, how horrible it was to remove the old wallpaper from the bedrooms. I swore off wallpaper after that. 😂 But then, peel and stick wallpaper was invented and it’s a game-changer. We recently put up an accent wall using wallpaper in the guest room. It’s a very bold statement, but I really love it. Check out my web story here for the guest room makeover and here for how to hang wallpaper.
Finally, the last accent wall that we have in our home is faux brick. We used faux brick panels and then did the German Smear technique over the brick for our son’s room. The brick wall has his large shelving unit as well. I love how it turned out and offers so much storage for him and all his STUFF. Check out my web story here on how we created an industrial style teen boy room.
For the future, I’d love to add picture frame molding to our entryway. I will probably paint the wall white to match the shiplap wall of our media wall. I also plan on painting the mudroom shiplap wall. I’m thinking of a moody blue gray. I hope it won’t be too dark. 🙈 Another accent wall I want to add is in the guest bathroom. I want to use beadboard and a chair rail with pegs for towels. These are all pretty simple ideas (I think) and could probably be accomplished in a weekend.
Until next time Treasure Hunters!