Your living room is one of the most heavily trafficked spaces in your home, so it only makes sense that you probably put a lot of thought behind the look and feel of the space. No matter your overall decor style, an accent wall is a great way to mix colors or patterns into your living room. Not only add depth and allow you to create a focal point, but it can also be an incredibly budget-friendly way to makeover a living room and help it feel finished.
To inspire your next project, here are our favorite accent walls that are perfect for the living room.
16 Living Rooms With Accent Walls
1- Create a Focal Point
An accent wall is a great way to break up space, especially in a living room with high ceilings. This wooden one is a great idea if your living room lacks a standard fireplace or mantle. Not only does it help frame the TV, but it creates a focal point in the room and adds a lot of visual interest.
2- Try a Mural
Is there anything happier than this sunny mural? A simple geometric mural like this one is a great way to fill that awkward space behind your couch. Opt for a simple design or hire a professional to do something even more elaborate and you won’t even have to think about framed artwork.
3- A Hunter Green Wall
Hunter green is one of our favorite colors to decorate with, especially in the living room. But because this color is very bold and can feel overbearing in large spaces, an accent wall is a great option. This lovely shiplap hunter green is perfect for large spaces that need a pop of color.
4- Consider a Geometric Accent Wall
This look is a unique way to add texture to your living space. We love this geometric look for contemporary homes to elevate the look and give it a modern, unique feel. While this is a DIY, it’s definitely a little more advanced than some of the other accent wall ideas on our list.
5- Play With Your Accent Wall
This accent wall idea is loads of fun … literally. Technically there are two great accent walls in this room, a bold blue one, and a fun tic-tac-toe board game. We love the idea of creating an interactive game as an accent wall as long as it’s simple and fairly subtle.
6- Add-in Texture
A great accent wall can be one that adds texture or color to space, but this idea achieves both. If you want to take your accent wall to the next level, consider a DIY project to add a bit of texture to your painted accent wall. A few strips of wood and glue can take your look from “pretty” to “wow.”
7- Segment Off a Space
Open concept homes are increasingly popular these days, which is why we love accent walls like this one. The right accent wall can help break up a large, open room and create a delineated space for living. We love this natural wood look as an alternative to a traditional painted accent wall.
8- Match the Rest of Your Decor
One way to avoid an accent wall from feeling out of place is to weave in complementary colors throughout the rest of the room. This lovely living space features a light orange hue accent wall that plays well with the similarly toned accents throughout the space.
9- Decorate With Shiplap
If you want to experiment with an accent wall to add a bit of texture to your space, but don’t want to lose the minimalist look and feel, consider an accent wall like this one. This white shiplap wall is the perfect way to break up a large room without adding any extra color.
10- Add Built-Ins to Your Accent Wall
Make your accent wall work double duty by creating a wall of built-ins like this one. Built-in bookcases are a great way to add charm to any room, but painting them a bold color opposite the rest of the space adds an even bigger punch to the overall look and feel of the room.
11- Go for Navy
We love this navy accent wall. Navy is the perfect accent wall color because it’s rich, bold, and pairs beautifully with subtle, neutral colors. Opt for a navy shade to create a tranquil, moody color scheme that still feels traditional.
12- Try Some Wall Art
This geometric wall art idea is a great DIY to add a contemporary look to your space. Pick complementary colors that play well with the base shades in your room to add instant art to your living room.
13- An Accent Wall in the Sunroom
There are two things we love most about this space: the rich black choice and a large number of windows. A dark one is a great way to break up a wall of windows in a living room and help add a bit of depth in a space with an abundance of natural light.
14- Natural Wood
This beautiful wood accent wall is a great way to add a Scandinavian look to your living room. Natural wood helps to make space feel warmer and more welcoming, which can be a great idea in a neutral space that could otherwise feel a bit too sterile.
15- Add an Arch
A handpainted arch like this one is a great idea for eclectic or boho-inspired living spaces. This lovely wall art instantly becomes a focal point in the room and helps to segment off a multi-use space. We love trying a rusty orange or moody gray for this look.
16- Add Some Speckles
A lovely upgrade from polka dots, this speckled wall is a great way to add an accent wall without a lot of work. Because the dots in this wall are uneven and random, it gives off a casual, homey vibe that is perfect for smaller spaces. Opt for contrasting colors here like black and white or navy and gray.
5 Awesome Budget-Friendly Accent Wall Ideas
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to make a big impact in any space, an accent wall is an 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.
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 temperatures 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Accent Walls Tips The Essential Do’s and Don’ts
Accent walls are alive and well in the decorating industry. These easy and stylish color accents will always be popular because of their flexibility. You have unlimited paint options for your accent wall, as well as other surfaces and materials. Even the location of your accent wall is purely personal. Your home is unique, so your accent wall should be just as special. Accent walls can be used in any room if you know the essential dos and don’ts.
What Is an Accent Wall?
An accent wall is an interior or exterior wall that can have a different color, shade, design, or material from the other walls around it.
DON’T shy away from using a bold color for your accent wall.
As long as you have the right accents around the room to coordinate with your new color, you can choose whatever color makes you happy.
DO think outside of the box when you are considering your new accent wall.
You are not limited to simple wall paint covering the wall. Think about other ways to use paint color. Your accent wall may be perfect for stripes or for a specialty paint finish. Metallics are powerful style statements for an accent wall.
DON’T forget that there is more to accent walls than just paint.
Have you considered stone or tile for your accent wall? Extensive shelving can also work as an accent wall in a room that lacks an architectural feature and lacks storage. Your accent wall can also include a gallery of photos or artwork or even a fabric-draped wall. The secret to accent walls is that they are the most flexible decorating secret weapon you can have. The only rule for accent walls is that they accent a wall. That’s it.
DO consider an accent wall even if you’re keeping your room neutral.
Accent walls can work just as well in a neutral color, as a bright one. The initial idea of an accent wall conjures up visions of bright red or blue, but in a neutral color scheme, a dark brown wall is just as dramatic.
DO take into account the color on your other walls.
Most accent walls look best when they adjoin walls in a light to medium shade. Accent walls in an all-white room are stunning but tricky. The contrast of a bright accent wall against white walls can look very modern and even stark. Balance your strong accent wall color with neutral wall colors on the other walls. Your neutral walls can be gray, or greige, or beige, whatever works best with your accent color. If you do choose to accent a wall in a white room, soften the contrast with mid-tone accent colors to bridge the difference.
DO think about other ways to use an accent wall.
Have you considered the ceiling? A chic decorating trend is to add color to the ceiling. This ceiling color can be your accent wall. Accent ceilings can be created with soft colors or even vivid colors. White crown molding helps separate the wall color from the ceiling and creates a stylish look.
DO choose the right wall for your accent.
Rooms without an architectural feature can benefit from an accent wall, especially one with texture. A wall of windows can also be your accent wall, but be mindful that a dark accent color surrounding windows can create a bright light effect and overwhelm the room.
DON’T forget that wallpaper is a gorgeous choice for accent walls.
The latest temporary wallpapers can give you a designer look without a long-term commitment. Look for wallpaper with pretty designs and colors for a chic style. For renters, temporary wallpaper is a clever way to personalize your home.