What you see below is a splendid wallpaper from none other than Sabyasachi’s haute couture for homes. Now, no one can deny that this floral beauty is a stunner and easily the focal point of this room. But, imagine this, what if all the walls in this room were done up in this wallpaper? Where would we look first? Would this wall still grab eyeballs? Our bet is that it wouldn’t and that is a lesson in interior wall design. Every wall can’t be an accent wall because by definition, an accent wall is the wall that stands out in a room. 

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Did you know that Sabyasachi is more than just his gorgeous lehengas?

Still not clear? Let’s explore what accent walls mean in detail. 

What are accent walls?

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Batten and board panelling on the wall add plenty of texture

An accent wall, as the name suggests, is a particular wall that is different and stands apart from the other walls. This wall may have a different colour, texture, shade, material or anything that makes it different from the rest. People opt for accent walls to break up the monotony of the other walls or to make a statement. In other words, an accent wall is the wall you are likely to see first when you enter a room because it is designed to grab your attention. 

Why are they important in interior design?

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Stone-cladded wall offers a castle like aura to this room

Wall design plays a pivotal role in determining the look and feel of the house. And accent walls are at the top of our list! A great decorative wall option, accent walls are an easy, cost-effective and flexible choice. Do you want to give your walls a revamp but lack the budget to paint all 4 walls? An accent wall is the solution! Do you love vibrant colours but don’t want to overdo colours in your interiors? A single accent wall in a vivid colour will look amazing without being loud! Accent walls are a functional and aesthetic answer for all your home design questions. That is why we also call them One Wall Wonders.

Advantages of accent walls

So here are the advantages of accent walls:

  • Provides an instant pop of colour 
  • Ample design options
  • Creates a focal point 
  • Brings a dash of texture to the space
  • Can be used to hide cracks, electrical cables, etc

Types of accent walls by material

#1: Paint (plain)

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The blue complements the soft toned bed

When in doubt, keep it simple! You don’t need expensive materials to create an accent wall. Plain old paint will do just fine! Just paint one wall in a different colour from the rest, and you have your very own accent wall! 

#2: Paint (texture)

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A splash here and a splash there for the artist in you

While we love plain paint, there’s no harm in spicing it up! Opt for textured paint for your accent wall and decorate with statement pieces.

#3: Wallpaper

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Wallpapers are your best friend if you live in a rental home

When it comes to interior wall design, wallpapers are amongst the most flexible and cost-effective choices available. Especially if you live in a rental home, there is no need to antagonise your landlord by painting a wall! Just get a wallpaper and create an accent wall.

#4: Moulding

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POP can be used to create wall mouldings ranging from minimal to intricate

An easy and convenient way to create an accent wall and make it look stunning is to go for wall moulding. Wall moulding — POP, wood, cement — can be made up of different materials depending upon your design requirement and budget.

#5: Panelling

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Textured solid wood pattis fixed on a MDF panel, the effect is stunning!

Wall panelling is a popular type of accent wall that is made up of waterproof fibreboard and overlaid with paper, laminate or fabric. Panels are very convenient to install and can be reused if you plan to redecorate.

#6: Tiles

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Reminiscent of a rustic dhaba on the highway

Did you think that tiles can only be used on your floors? You’re wrong, as tiles can also be used for your walls! A great way to create an accent wall using tiles is to look for a design like a brick wall or wooden grained finish.

#7: Stone cladding

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Place low seating against an accent wall to create a cosy nook

Interior wall design is incomplete without a gorgeous stone wall! If you want an accent wall that is rustic and country-style, then opt for stone cladding. While stone cladding for all four walls might make your home look like a cave, it would look perfect for a single accent wall!

#8: Stencils

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Ethnic designs in vibrant colours can make your room look WOW!

As we strongly believe, interior design should never be expensive! As for accent walls, nothing is as cost-effective as a stencilled wall.

Things to keep in mind while choosing an accent wall

  • Always use a wall with a clean surface
  • Measure the dimensions of the wall properly
  • Try to avoid A/C points in accent walls
  • Accent walls shouldn’t have any windows
  • Ideally, there shouldn’t be any beams above the accent wall unless there is no other choice

10 accent wall designs we LOVE!

Now that you know all about accent walls, here are a few of our favourites!

#1: Industrial accent

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An industrial style textured brick-like wall

Style: Industrial

Materials Used: Wallpaper

Where to Use: Wherever texture is needed and you want a rustic vibe for the space. It is ideal for minimal settings where texture is the only form of ornamentation

#2: POP love

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POP has been used to create intricate, floral patterns

Style: Indian traditional

Materials Used: Plaster of Paris

Where to Use: If you want a textured and statement look for your interior wall design, but lack the space, POP is the best option for you. Oh! Did we forget to mention that it’s affordable too!

#3: Magic of marble

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The metallic accent on the marble wall is just the right amount of glam!

Style: Art Deco

Materials Used: Marble

Where to Use: When budget is not the issue and you want an understated yet glamorous look, then go all the way for a marble accent wall

#4: Cool blue

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A vivid blue wall that will FINALLY make you have your breakfast at the table!

Style: Contemporary

Materials Used: Oil paint in strie method

Where to Use: If you want a minimal look for your accent wall, but do not like plain paint, then a striped accent wall is for you. 

#5: Parisian florals

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Don’t miss the curvy furniture silhouettes that go perfect with the florals

Style: French Renaissance

Materials Used: Wallpaper

Where to Use: Dainty and pretty, this cosy interior wall design would look great in a kids’ bedroom. Accent walls with wallpaper are also convenient options for rental homes

#6: Rustic and right on target

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A rustic accent wall that is the perfect companion to the wooden interiors

Style: Rustic

Materials Used: Distressed wood

Where to Use: A wooden accent wall done up in rustic style can be used to create cabin-like vibes. Don’t forget to pair it with warm wooden furniture

#7: Mirror, mirror on the wall

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A mirrored accent wall can make a small room look big

Style: Neo Deco (an extraction of art deco that currently in vogue)

Materials Used: Pieces of mirrors

Where to Use: When space is scarce, a mirrored accent wall can create the illusion of spaciousness. Also, if you lack the budget for a full mirror, multiple pieces of mirrors joined together can bring down the cost

#8: The fluted wall

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The simple TV looks great against the fluted walls – pops of red are the perfect addition

Style: Contemporary

Materials Used: Wooden pattis

Where to Use: Flutes, which are round or half-round pieces of moulding, create the illusion of height. So, if a room has a low ceiling, create a fluted accent wall to make the ceiling look taller.

#9: The cover up job

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The exposed timber wall adds warmth to the dainty pastel green wall

Style: Contemporary

Materials Used: Wooden panel and Duco paint

Where to Use: This type of panelled accent wall is perfect to hide electrical wires. The combination of the pastel green and exposed timber wall gives it a plush yet rustic feel

#10: Upholstered beauty

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The velvet accent wall serves as the perfect headboard

Style: Art Deco

Materials Used: Velvet

Where to Use: Considering the accent wall is made of velvet, this type of interior wall design is perfect for bedrooms, behind the bed as it acts like an alternative headboard and cushions your head

Whether you have budget constraints or want a plush interior wall design, accent walls can give you the look and vibe that you desire! Looking for more ideas? These 5 accent wall designs will suit every type of home. Check them out.

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