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January 17, 2023

Living rooms with accent walls

When you’re hesitant to completely embrace a vibrant color, striking pattern, or unconventional material for your living room accent wall, opt for accentuating a specific area of your space with your desired color, pattern, or material. This helps define a smaller portion of a big room and adds dimension, drama, style, and intrigue to your entire room.   

Accent walls originated in the early 2000s and are to date – well appreciated in the interior design world. They are fun, flexible, and highly stylish. You can personalize a wall, corner, or ceiling to create a big impact – on the aesthetics of your room. Experiment with color, material, and pattern to instantly change the vibe of a room.

Check out these living rooms with some unique and stunning accent walls. You, too, can try experimenting with these ideas to immediately transform the look and feel of your room.   

Texture Through Architectural Detailing 

living room accent wall

Image: Hausmatter

Apart from color and material, subtle decorative detailing can make a wall pop. Here all the walls are uniformly painted white – but the wall with the architectural molding grabs our attention. The homeowner has used picture molding to create this amalgamation of wainscoting and the board and batten style. It can be a simple DIY project if you have plans to amp up your walls.    

Wood Accent Wall

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Here is a mid-century modern wall detail that will stand the test of time. Wood slat accent walls look sophisticated and have a luxurious vibe. This is because they are normally featured in high-end hotel interiors. 

The Arne Vodder sideboard showcasing 1960’s Israeli pottery marvels and a sculpture from Australia – sits well against the wood slat wall. The womb chair fits the theme while managing to stand out with its sky blue color.   

Play With Different Materials

Experiment with different materials to build a unique statement wall. Marmorino plaster (traditional Italian wall plaster) has been used with copper inlays. The bling from the copper inlays emitting from the crevices of the concrete-like plaster – gives a polished look to the geometric patterned wall.  

Brick Accent Wall

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Bricks don’t just possess structural characteristics. In fact, they can very well be incorporated for aesthetic purposes. Brick walls are commonly featured in an industrial setting. When presented in their raw form – they look rustic, but they can be dressed up to look elegant – like this black brick feature wall. If you don’t have brick walls, you could use faux brick paneling to create the same effect. 

Marble Wall

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Marble has a luxurious look and feel to it. Use it as a feature wall to upgrade your drawing room. 

The beautiful white interiors are calming, and the choice of white marble further enhances the calmness of the room. The cushion covers mimic the wall’s marble veins.

Dramatic Effect From Wallpapers 

Living Room With Accent Walls

Image: Architectural Digest 

Covering the top half with wallpaper and the bottom half with paneling is a classic decor style. It also avoids the room from looking too overpowered with the scene. The molding creates a fine distinction between the blue walls and the wallpaper. 

The tropical scenery with palm groves and exotic birds sets the tone of this room. The elephant sculptures and the jewel-toned seating add to the tropical vibe. 

Custom Wallpaper Accent Wall

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Wallpapers come in a variety of colors, prints, and textures. The design can be subtle, fun, bold, or quirky. You can even opt for customized wallpapers where you can pick your own designs and have them manufactured to fit your wall shape and size. 

Not many rooms can pull off bold wallpapers, but this room definitely can. The customized mural features a flock of flying cranes. The design is mystical, dramatic, and bold for a living room. Nevertheless, it looks stunning with the green decor. The gold accents are very much in agreement with the mural.  

Modern Wallpaper Living Room

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Wallpapers are easy to install and can be easily changed when you want to redecorate your room. Botanical prints are common in wallpapers. But this blue and brown leaf-patterned wallpaper is fresh and elegant. 

Create Aesthetically Functional Spaces

Functional Accent Wall

Image: Architectural Digest

Convert a wall cavity into a functional feature wall. The in-built storage cabinet works in favor of aesthetics and function. The edges of the shelves painted in the color of the wall add a hint of interest. The open shelves modify the storage space into a display area. Perfect for displaying artifacts, books, and plants. 

Black Accent Wall Office

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The almost black-gray wall complements the adjacent white walls. The in-built display area is perfect to showcase your collectibles. The vacant panel next to the display area is ideal for hanging a portrait. The gold metallic spotlights adorn the walls and illuminate the display area. 

Accent Wall Chimney

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The feature wall is transformed into a modern TV unit. The stone cladding gives a sharp look to the living area. The modern fireplace brings a lot of character to the room.  

Highlight The Fireplace 

Accent Wall Fireplace

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Everyone’s attention is naturally drawn towards the hearth. And so, creating a focal point around the fireplace is the most common and easiest decor idea. 

The black strip of the wall stands out against the crisp white walls. The wall paneling looks sophisticated, while the block of wood mantel adds a touch of simplicity. 

Black Living Room Wall

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Black and gray go hand in hand – like this fireplace and the in-built display area. The seamless transition of the display area into the fireplace is due to the choice of colors. The contrast is evident in the use of gold decorative pieces, brown woven baskets, and logs of wood. The touch of greenery adds life to the black, gray room.  

Gray Wall With Fireplace

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There is no missing this massive fireplace. The modern concrete fireplace is an attractive focal point. The neatly stacked log of wood and the furniture pieces in subtle shades magnify the beauty of the concrete walls.   

Turning A Corner with A living room accent wall

Corner Accent Wall

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Transform a dull corner of your room with a wood slat accent wall.  The wood slats could be arranged horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. They could be painted or stained.  

Arrange a beautiful leather armchair, a sleek floor lamp, some plants, a comfy cushion, and a throw blanket to create a comfortable reading nook. 

Natural Accent Wall

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Create a green zen space – a place to unwind and charge yourself. Fill up this corner with a variety of plants and creepers. And paint the corner green to build on the fresh and calming vibe. You can include a few bling elements to style up this space.   

Because One Color Is Never Enough

Two Color Accent Wall

Image: Homes And Gardens

Two-toned walls are good options for accent walls. You can pick contrasting bold colors or stick to a combination of white with your favorite shade. Divide the wall into one-third and two-thirds portions. And create the distinction line above your primary furniture pieces. Painting the lower sections a warmer color makes the room feel warm and cozy. 

Colorful Accent Wall

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If two colors are too mainstream. You can try a trio of colors on your wall. Stick to colors from the same color family for a cohesive look. And brighten up the space with matching decor pieces like artwork, blinds, cushions, and crockery. 

Colorfull Wall Decor

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Multi-colored walls make for a great statement wall. They are eye-catching and can be regarded as a piece of art. This abstract geometrical design has feminine curves and chic colors. The interiors are kept minimalistic to embrace the statement wall fully.    

Paint The Ceiling

Painted Ceiling

Image: House Beautiful

Why do walls get to have all the fun? Add a pop of color to your ceiling for an interesting twist. Here the baby blue ceiling is pleasant to the eyes. The French style ceiling light lantern chandelier makes the ceiling look prettier. The pink and blue decor turns the space into a sweet and friendly atmosphere.    

Cozy Bedroom

Image: House Beautiful

If you are wary of using a bright color for the ceiling, you can try this look. Be consistent with your walls and use a neutral color like white. And for an unexpected pop of color, paint the ceiling a muted baby pink shade. The pink ceiling is barely noticeable yet softens the overall look.   

Painted Ceiling Decor

Image: Elle Decor 

Yellow color is illuminating, and when painted on the ceiling – it immediately draws your eyes upwards. Such a bright ceiling is sure to create a high impact on your guests. Hang a bunch of mid-century dandelion chandeliers to jazz up the ceiling.  


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Margarita Bravo

Denver’s Best Interior Designer

Margarita is a luxury interior designer and decorator, remodeler, furniture curator, and creator of experiences. Margarita’s unique skill set has evolved from her strong educational background and European and Latin American sources of inspiration. Now with design studios in Denver, Miami, Montecito, Aspen And Barcelona.