Yes or No: Accent Walls

Today, we're addressing the question of painted accent walls — are they a fun accent or a design faux pas? For us, we tend to shy away from "painted accent walls" and opt for a upgraded look. The closest thing we've ever done to a painted accent wall is a chalkboard wall in a kid's playroom. Instead of just a painted wall, it's designed to be a giant chalkboard taking up the entire space. 

Kid's playroom chalkboard as accent wall.

Most of the time, painted accent walls can look like the room's paint job isn't finished or you can't commit to the color. But when you mix it up with different texture, patterns, or wall treatments, an accent wall looks intentional. In our Summerwood House Project, we chose a dark color for the room. We put the focus on the back wall and set it apart with molding. 

Eclectic sitting room with dark walls and paneled accent wall.

Navy Paint | Rug | Artwork

We use color strategically to highlight different architectural features like built-in cabinets in the Claybourne Project. 

Modern office with bold color and built-in cabinets.

Wall Color | Desk

We'll accent a wall with different wall treatments, like this shiplap wall in the Robin Road Remodel. 

Accent wall with white shiplap.
Accent wall with white shiplap.

Floor Lamp  | Rug | VaseSpike 

Sometimes four walls of the same wallpaper or accents will be too much, especially in a large room. For the bathroom in the Modern Mountain Home, we wanted to update a warm, cabin-like finish by juxtaposing it with a clean modern look. 

Clean and modern bathroom with natural wood accent wall.

We didn't do an accent wall in the Midway House, but we did paint the office a dark blue. It contrasted with the rest of the white walls downstairs and is a bold statement when you look into the room. 

Modern and bold office with contrasting dark blue and white walls.