Breathtaking accent wall ideas for your living room

by John Griffith

Are you looking for ways to refresh your home? Or have you just decided that you’ve had enough of your bland grey walls? Maybe you don’t want to deal with repainting your entire house? One of the best solutions to these problems are accent walls. In the 80s and 90s, beige was all the hype and neutral colors were preferred. Nowadays, however, pops of color here and there make your home feel modern and stylish. Many people are ready to make a bold statement with bold colors and textures. In comes the accent wall – it makes a statement and when chosen correctly can make your room feel cozy and super modern. So, we have gathered the best accent wall ideas for living room and we are ready to share them with you.

How to choose the right wall?

So, how do you choose which wall will serve you best as an accent wall? Very often people choose the wall they see first when they come into a room. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. You can choose a wall whose architecture somehow differs from the rest. Furthermore, if you have a fireplace, it should definitely be the focal point of your room. Accentuate the wall with tiles, to make it look even more interesting. How you are going to decorate the room is also very important. Consider that before choosing an accent wall, as well. If you are planning on having a large navy blue velvet sofa, for example, accentuate the wall behind it. Solid walls without windows or doors are preferred, because the color can distract form the view, for example.

Accent wall ideas for living room with texture

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What is the best color for living room walls?

Once you have picked the wall, you can go on to choosing the color. The general rule is to pick a color two shades darker than the rest of the walls. However, nowadays there are so many accent wall ideas for living room with different textures, tiles and wallpapers, so you are free to choose. What’s more, choose a color that compliments the rest of the room – your sofa, your rug, or your curtains for example. Don’t over-do it though. If you use the same color for everything that you want to accentuate, then you won’t have just an accent and it will be distracting. Opt out for different shades of the color, instead, or choose a color palette beforehand and mix the colors.

Velvet sofa, rug and accent on the wall

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How many different kinds of accent walls are there?

Too many would be the answer. You have so many options to choose from. Don’t be afraid to be creative and use everything at your disposal to create stylish and interesting accent wall ideas in your living room.

  1. Textures and fabric. As you can see in the pictures above, accent walls with fabric go well with a beautiful sofa made from the same fabric, for example. This is quite an innovative idea. So, every guest could come in and gasp at your amazing accent wall. Tone-on-tone textures are also very interesting.
  2. Brick walls. As we said, brick walls are always a good idea for the fireplace wall. However, they can be used to accentuate a wall in a more rustic style home just as easily. They make your home feel cozy and give it warmth.
  3. Marble, tiles and stones. Another unique and out-of-the-box idea. Marble gives your home elegance and makes it look very posh and stylish. Stones and tiles can be very artistic, when arranged geometrically for example.
  4. Wallpaper. There is a plethora of wallpapers out there. 3D wallpapers are a big hype right now. Floral, skylines of famous cities, breathtaking views or ones referencing pop culture, it’s up to you. The good thing about wallpapers is they are easily removable. So, whenever you get tired of it, just change it, or paint over it.
  5. Photos and works of art. Beautiful abstract paintings are always a good idea for an accent wall. If you can’t commit to just one, arrange a few smaller ones in an interesting and abstract way. Same goes for photos.

Beautiful brick wall hallway with a pixelated painting serving as an accent wall

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Brick accent wall makes your home feel cozy and brings warmth

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We also have something for those of you, who don’t really want to spend a lot of money on paint. Just get some washi tape or just plain colored scotch tape and you are free to create an accent wall with any type of pattern in any shade of color you want. DIY accent wall ideas for living room are very easy to find and to do.

DIY idea for an accent wall with scotch tape

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Beautiful out-of-the-box accent wall with marble and greenery

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Rustic decor with a brick accent wall

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The New York skyline is always a good view

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Floral motifs

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Accent wall with wooden tiles creates a homey feeling

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Glow in the dark stick on wallpaper

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Geometrical design connecting the wall to the ceiling

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Pop culture reference accentuates this brick wall

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Geometrical accent wall ideas for living room

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Tone-on-tone accent wall design

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Lights, incorporated in fabric for a unique accent wall design

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An all black tone-on-tone-design

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Use mirrors to create the feeling of a larger room

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black and brown patterned wallpaper, black and grey sofa, wall designs, abstract paintings

Mosaic accent wall design

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Wall made of stones

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Lights and texture create a stunning 3D effect

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3D wallpapers are very trendy

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Simple black and white design

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Accent wall in an industrial style

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Rainbow colored wallpaper gives off a fun and relaxed vibe

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Grey and gold geometrical patterns

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For the lovers of the ocean

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.