Rather than repainting your whole room for a new look, change one wall for a big impact. Eye-catching designs or a striking color can put the focus on this new feature. You may wonder, “How can one wall make a difference?” Well, your accenting color, texture or pattern revamps your existing style and saves you time and money.

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Check out these six ways to takes your interior decor up another level with an accent wall.


1. Use a Stencil for a Unique Pattern

Wall stenciling is a part of American history, but it doesn’t have to keep your room in the past. You can use a stencil to safely and quickly apply a beautiful design to cover your accent wall. Stencils are a huge help for adding a pattern to the wall you want to highlight because you don’t have to worry about carefully tracing a shape repeatedly across the surface when you use the cut-out guide.

You can find pre-made stencils and select your favorite shape. For the DIY crowd, you can create a personalized stencil out of cardboard or plastic sheets. Whether you like simple designs or intricate ones, stenciling can fit your taste. If you want to revisit history, consider adding the complex shapes of the Art Deco era to your room. Geometric patterns, mandalas, scales and chevron are other popular arrangements that can spruce up your area.


2. Make It a Bold Pop of Color

Certain colors scientifically grab people’s attention and evoke emotions. Saturated and bright colors are where people’s eyes land first, and your accent wall can capture attention, too. If you’re not afraid to splash bright blue or yellow to liven up your living room, pick your favorite color of the rainbow to paint your accent wall. Bold colors, like deep reds, can steal the focus of your room, too.

Create a central attraction by using a bold shade on your accent wall. If your decor primarily includes neutrals, a pop of color may be what you need. To brighten your living room, you can pick a color that lifts the ambiance and revitalizes your space.


3. Feature a Calming Hue

If you want to take a different route than attention-grabbing colors, you can cool down your interior’s palette with a subtle color. In 2016, the stress level of Americans began to rise for the first time since 2006. So, considering the extra stress, you may want to introduce calming colors into your life. To transform your interior space into a peaceful environment, paint your accent wall with soft shades of blue or green.

While this may not be the bold option from earlier, a calming hue can still stand out. With other simple decor and light shades, your soft color just needs to stand apart from the rest of your room. If looking to reduce busy decor, pastels can bring your room back to a place of rest.


4. Dress Your Room Up with Stripes

An even easier version of stenciling, stripes can improve your room and change tired decor. You can even keep your current wall color and add in a stripe color to alternate. Use a striped accent wall for a simple project design that only requires sectioning off each line with painter’s tape.

Horizontal or vertical stripes each bring a fresh aesthetic, and your stripes’ thickness determines how prominent you want the accent wall to be. You can embrace a nautical theme or choose dainty pinstripes to match your personal style.


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5. Include Texture in Application

When choosing an accent wall color, you don’t have to stick with a uniform painting technique. You can create texture to the surface by swapping your roller for a rough sponge or choosing a textured paint. Opting for a different consistency adds dimension to your space. A textured wall can add a dramatic effect and transforms the appearance of your room.


6. Sub in the Ceiling

When discussing accent walls, you may forget about one high-up place — the ceiling. While it may not technically be a wall, a ceiling can pack the same punch as a wall. Maybe you’re already in love with your wall color or you want to try a new trend but painting your ceiling to complement a room is a creative use of space.

An accent ceiling can be a fun color or a textured element, depending on your taste. You can incorporate the same accent ideas listed above at the top of your room. You’ll have to grab a ladder for this one, but after your ceiling causes heads to turn skyward, it will be worth it.


Time to Enhance Your Room

An accent wall is a low-effort, but high-impact feature you can use to enhance a bedroom, living room or kitchen. If your space needs a new look or more color, choose a highly visible wall and start your project. As you consider which color or design best fits your space, keep these accent wall ideas in mind.