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Every bedroom needs a stylish accent wall. Accent walls set the style for bedrooms and create a sense of occasion. Without an accent wall, your bedroom won’t have a focal point to draw the eye, and the interior design will probably fall flat. Struggling for ideas? No problem! Here’s how to create an accent wall in your bedroom:
Accent wall location
Beds are always the main feature in bedrooms, so your accent wall should be behind your bed. You can create an accent wall in your bedroom that makes a real sense of class and personality following this simple rule.
A common mistake people make is choosing the wall opposite their bed for the accent wall, most often because it houses a television. Doing so will only confuse your space because the bed will compete with the wall for attention.
Get a Velvet bed
|Pictured: Kaydian Design Barnard 4FT 6 Double Ottoman TV Bed - Silver Velvet|
Luxury velvet and crushed velvet beds add a real sense of class to bedrooms. They are perfect for accentuating accent walls because they are luxurious without being ostentatious, a crucial characteristic not to overpower your space.
Velvet beds come in all colours and sizes. Consider a king-size bed if you can. If space is limited, try narrower bedside tables and a divan bed, so there’s no protruding bed frame (a divan bed has a frame the same width as the mattress).
|Pictured: Giltedge Beds Highbury Bed Frame|
Accent wall panels
Our favourite way to create a bedroom accent wall is with wall panels, which instantly transform a flat wall into a stunning feature.
You can get wall panels that mimic stone, brick, and wood with printed designs, but our favourite type is decorative moulded panels that create a sense of depth.
You can buy these in pre-made sizes or ask a joiner to make them for you. Board and batten style (squares and rectangles) is our favourite raised panel style, but we also like Headboard panelling (continuous vertical grooves with raised beads).
Get creative with wallpaper
Although paint is all the rage because it’s easy to change and significantly cheaper per square metre, wallpaper offers different textures and pre-made patterns, opening up a new world of possibilities for your accent wall.
Look for wallpaper that creates a sense of texture and depth and use patterns to understand interior style and personality.
For example, floral wallpaper is granny chic, and pastel floral wallpaper is cottage chic (also known as cottagecore). Blue and white wallpaper are nautical, and grey and beige wallpaper are industrial or mid-century modern, depending on the shade.
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Hang show-stopping décor
You don’t need to change the colour of a wall to make it an accent wall. Sometimes, all you need to do is hang something above your bed.
Here are some ideas:
- Geometric wire art depicting animals
- A painting that catches the eye
- A dream catcher that sparkles and shines
- A mirror with an opulent frame
- A tribal wall mask decoration
- Floating shelves with collectables
- Dangling frames that hang at varying lengths.
As you can imagine, the opportunities are endless!
Use a contrasting colour
Another simple way to create an accent wall is to paint it contrasting to your other bedroom walls. For example, a dark blue accent wall behind your bed will stand out from the other walls in your bedroom.
The key is to use a darker or brighter accent colour than other walls, so it stands out as the dominant colour, not just a different colour.
Stripe it up
One of the most impactful ways to create an accent wall is by painting stripes. A DIYers’ dream! The great thing about stripes is you can paint them in thousands of different colours using masking tape to ensure a clean separation.
Go crazy with diagonal stripes that interlap to create a real sense of drama, or introduce symmetry and proportion to your accent wall to create a sense of harmony.