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Are Accent Walls Out of Style?

customer geometric accent wall for bedroom wall
Geometric Accent Wall

Accent walls have been around for centuries. They’ve been used by interior designers to bring a focal point to a room. Accent walls don’t have to be a simple colored wall, they can be textured too. They can be personalized to an individual’s tastes and include patterns and bold angels.

If you’re considering an accent wall in your home, here are some guidelines to help you decide.

What is the rule for accent walls?

Really, there are no “rules”. Design in any form is a work-of-art; accent walls are no different. If you’ve ever watched designers on HGTV, you’ll see them breaking design rules all the time.

Here are a few guidelines to help you with your accent wall project.

  • Choose a wall with architectural interest: Usually the wall that’s most visible or a distinctive feature like a fireplace or a large window.

  • Consider the room’s function: Accent Walls should complement the room’s function. For a bedroom, you’d usually pick the wall behind the bed.

  • Think about the color: The color of the wall should complement the other colors in the room. Even if you choose a bold color, pick a color that is in harmony with the rest of the room’s décor.

  • Use pattern sparingly: Textured walls make for fantastic feature walls, but if overused, you’ll lose the visual impact.

  • Balance is key: Accent walls should enhance the room. If too many colors or patterns are used in a room, it can create an overwhelming, cluttered look in the space.

Remember, professional interior designers have enough knowledge and experience to break those design guidelines without issues. So do your research first. If in doubt, call an expert, it will be worth the money to not have a headache.

What is trending for accent walls?

Integrity Woodworking will never recommend doing something because it’s currently trending. The reason is that what’s popular this year may not be popular next year. Choose a style that works for your time and budget.

Here are some ideas for your accent wall project.

  • Textured Accent Walls: From shiplap to bead board and the currently trending slat walls, these types of accent walls have been trending for a while. We’ll discuss this in more detail below.

  • Bold Color Accent Walls: If you want to make a bold statement in your room, picking a bold color will deliver. It is a cheap way to achieve an accent wall without spending a lot of time or money. As a plus, the project can usually be achieved by the homeowner without help.

  • Wall Murals: There’s nothing like a mural in your room to draw attention and create a talking piece for your guests. Just keep in mind that while these works of art are amazing, they could create a problem if you choose to sale your home in the future.

  • Natural Materials Accent: Like the textured accent walls, using natural materials, like stone or reclaimed wood, is on the rise. Just like textured accent walls, they are also the most expensive to accomplish unless you get the reclaimed material for free.

  • Two-Toned Accent Walls: This type of wall isn’t as popular as it used to be, but I still see it from time-to-time. It’s easy to accomplish and relatively inexpensive. Just pick complementary colors or you’ll overwhelm the room.

  • The possibilities are endless and are only limited by your own imagination.

What are textured accent walls?

Textured accent walls have been used in home décor for centuries. If you’ve visited any manor house in Europe or even our own Hurst Castle, you’ve seen a textured accent wall in person. They add a visual, appealing texture to the room that can’t be achieved by wallpaper of paint alone. But keep in mind that textured accent walls are probably the most expensive type of accent wall to install.

Here are some examples of textured accent walls.

  • Shiplap: Shiplap walls are wood paneling made from overlapping horizontal boards. These can be oriented as vertical, too. Made popular by Ms. Joana Gaines, we’ve installed quite a few of these walls in recent years. They give a beach or ranch style feeling to any room. As a tip, they don’t have to be painted white.

  • Slat Walls: These walls were popular a few decades ago and they are making a return. These types of walls have several one-inch-thick, tall rectangular pieces of wood that stretch from the floor to the ceiling across the wall. Usually they are left in natural wood tones to bring an element of nature into the home, but this is not a rule.

  • Geometric Walls: If you’re looking for a design that’s unique to your home, geometric walls are the way to go. These types of accent walls have unusual angles that will be customized to each area. They are a fantastic way to add a visually stunning look to a space.

This is not an extensive list. If you’d like to see more examples, follow us on our blog and Instagram account.

How much does an accent wall cost?

Accent walls can cost as little as a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Here are a few details to think about when planning for your accent wall.

  • Materials: A few cans of paint is much cheaper than several sticks of wood.

  • Labor: The more intricate the design, the more time it will take to complete the project.

If you’re on a tight budget, choose simple designs or cheaper materials.

Whatever your goals are with your interior design projects, remember to plan your budget a head of time. Knowing what you can afford will aid you in your project planning and making the process easier for you and your designer or contractor. If you need help to set up a budget, check out this blog.

To say if accent walls are “out of style” depends on the design aesthetic of the room and the preferences of the homeowner. If you scroll through your favorite social media app and find a design you love, there’s no reason to avoid it because it may not be a popular trend at the moment.

If you’re looking for an accent wall installation company in the Orange County area, we’ve got you covered.

Head over to the quote page and submit your request today.


Sara Johnson is an author and content marketer.


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