How To Create An Accent Wall
Looking to spruce up your space? Whether you own a home or you’re renting temporarily, there are options out there that will add some creative touches to your surroundings. Sure you could buy new furniture or invest in some hefty renovations, but that might not be realistic for your situation, and an easy and cost-effective option is to add an accent or feature wall. This can be done a couple of ways. You can use materials like brick, tile or stone, or you could go a little more DIY and try paint or temporary wallpaper. Both are interchangeable, non-permanent options that are easy to do and you’re not committed to either. Check out the options below and find the one that works best for your needs.
Try: A Bold Paint Colour
We’ve all seen a bold colour on a wall. Whether on TV, in a hotel room or at a friend’s house. Bold colours can make a room pop, and there are no boundaries when it comes to choosing a colour: your space, your rules. There will be people out there that tell you certain colours are a no-no, but as long as you’re happy, take a chance. Are you thinking of painting a wall red, black or blue? Go for it! You have to be happy in your space, and if you are, that’s all that matters.
Hot tip: Ask a home improvement store for a mistinted can of paint to get it even cheaper. You might find a really cool colour that you weren’t expecting.
Try: Textured Paint
Textured paint can be achieved in a couple of different ways. There are lines of paint that come pre texturized, or you can create your own textured paint. If you want to go from the paint can to the wall, there are limited hues to choose from. If you want more hue options, you can create texture by using something like drywall mud on your wall, letting it dry and then applying your paint colour of choice. Textured paint is great for hiding imperfections and for adding visual interest to a room.
Try: More Texture Ideas
You can use sponges, combs, paint rollers with cut out designs, the rag rolling or smooshing techniques, and even stamps. Get creative and think outside the box. Try a simple wood panel on half a wall, add floral putty designs, wainscotting or trim designs. You can play around with blocks of paint colours and textures to express your creativity. When it comes to your space, nothing is off limits. In a world where true expression is embraced, don’t worry about fitting into a design mould. Sometimes even mistakes become masterpieces.
Hot Tip: Think Outside The Walls – try adding an accent ceiling. A bold ceiling can completely transform a room and make it feel more cozy and intimate.
Try: Temporary Wallpaper
Wallpaper has been around forever, and it has never truly gone out of style, but how we use it has changed. There are millions of styles out there that can transform a large or small space or in this case, a wall. Try updating an office, bathroom wall or an entrance area with a brick print or geometric pattern. Love pineapples or tropical palms? Choose a bold and bright print. The beauty of temporary wallpaper is that even if you’re renting, you won’t ruin anything underneath and can easily take it off or change it again.
As you can see, there’s a ton of inspiration out there to pull from that can help you completely transform your space on your own and on a budget. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get the desired look you’re going for. All you need is a little push in the right direction. If you haven’t thought of adding a feature wall, we hope you’re inspired to get out there and start experimenting with different colours, styles and textures. Happy DIY-ing!