There are limitless accent wall ideas that can bring contrast, texture and detail into your home design. An accent wall allows a room to look highly styled with little impact on the rest of the house; no need to move out, or cover your entire home with dust sheets. Despite being localized, the transformation to the feel of your home can be quite spectacular. Let’s take a look at some inspiring accent wall ideas…

Accent Wall Ideas for Home Makeovers

Accent Wall Ideas I Love:

1 – Wallpaper

Rosedale Attic Bedroom transitional-bedroom


There are some pretty bold and impressive wallpaper options on the market now. I love this print from Schumacher, it feels whimsical yet modern. Birds and butterflies are trending at the moment and this light wallpaper is perfect!

2 – Planks

Potrero Hill Bohème southwestern-living-room


Unless you have never watched HGTV, you are very familiar with the current craze for shiplap and reclaimed pallet walls. Behind, the headboard, in the bathroom, around the fireplace… it seems to work everywhere. Go painted shiplap for the farmhouse feel or exposed weathered boards for the rustic upcyled look. Alternatively, for an ultra-sleek modern take try spacing thin planks like this house in Denver…

Rowhouse modern-nursery


3 – Painted

Maneli Wilson Interiors contemporary-living-room


Dark contrasting shades of blue, grey and black have been a staple for the accent wall for some time, and don’t look like they’re leaving us anytime soon.

4 – Decal Mural

Gioi Tran contemporary-kitchen


Unless you have a skilled artist handy, you probably want to install your mural in the form of a vinyl stickers. Wall decals are big business now, from adorable nursery designs to serious stuff for grown ups. Check out the watercolor murals from Pixers.

5 – Exposed Concrete, Brick or Stone

Brick Wall scandinavian-bedroom


I am not promoting the installation of faux brick walls, however much it’s scraping for a come back from the 70s. However, if you are blessed with concrete, brick or stone construction, have some fun and expose some of it. 

6 – Tile

Park St contemporary-bathroom


It’s OK to mix up your tiles and have a feature wall in your bathroom, play around with colors and patterns! The tiled fireplace is all the rage at the moment too… I’ve got to say I’m not the biggest fan. Some trends just don’t float my boat.

7 – Stenciled/MURAL

Bruce House transitional-nursery


If you’re a bit more Arts & Crafts than polished concrete, stenciling or creating a mural with masking tape may be for you. If you haven’t quite got the skills, think about hiring a professional!

8 – Living Wall

A Sacred Space to Bathe by siol and Habitat Horticulture contemporary-bathroom


Oh go on… impress all your friends with a fantastic vertical garden! I would love to do this but don’t have the best history with house plants, and I’m pretty sure it’s outside the realm of naptime. I said I’d give you accent wall ideas, I did’t promise they were all going to be easy.

Accent Wall Ideas: Continuing Naptime Makeovers

Following the success of How to Arrange Pictures Creatively, I got a little more ambitious this week. I confess, it took a little longer than one naptime. We (I called in husband help to hold the ladder) started at morning nap and finished during afternoon nap. It’s a tall large wall…excuses excuses.

Why is my new lamp wonky?
accent wall
Excuse the animals… they are sleeping, not taxidermy.

That’s it for this week. I think I need a nap…

What do you think? Too bold? Not bold enough? Totally disappointed I didn’t go for a whole wall of ferns? I’d love to hear from you!






  1. Love the planks and living ones. Not sure I could manage to create the living one but looks great! #bigpinklink

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I agree… if you can pull it off it would be fantastic. But if it went sour could end up looking a total mess ??

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I’m a fan of the planks too, especially the multi tone used look like the ones featured πŸ™‚

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Ooo… lovely. We had some exposed stone in our last home in England, it adds so much character πŸ™‚

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Ooo… it seems the plank wall is a favourite from this list!

    • TwinPickle Reply

      I’m glad you like it, it’s certainly not for everyone!

  2. Love the planks, so much character. And impressed with your nap time makeover too – beautiful colour, and just goes to show how much you can do if you put your mind to it. Thanks or sharing with #PoCoLo and for linking with us this year, it’s been lovely to get to know your blog – have a very happy Christmas xx

  3. Really love this little series, and this weeks nap time makeover is particularly impressive. I personally absolutely love the colour and you’ve got me feeling inspired to attempt a few nap time makeovers on my own in the New Year. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Thanks Hannah! Have a lovely Christmas and good luck with the new year makeover! ?

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