Accent Wall Painting Ideas

Looking for some unique, unusual wall painting ideas? We've got plenty!

On this page you will find lots of creative interior painting ideas and focal wall projects for every taste and every room in your home!

We've already covered how to choose the right wall and color for painting accent walls.

But here are some great non-traditional wall painting ideas to take your accent wall painting project to the next level and get your creative juices flowing.

Unexpected Places

    Accent wall painting ideas: bookshelf

  • Backsplash wall is a perfect place to put an accent color on and liven up the entire kitchen.

  • The back wall of a built-in bookshelf painted in a contrasting color will highlight your books and accessories.

  • Don't forget about the fifth wall - your ceiling - it can be a focal point, too! Using a bold solid color or one of decorative painting techniques, you can transform the entire room and WOW everyone who enters the room.

Unusual Shapes

    Accent wall painting ideas: use molding to break it up

  • Break up the accent wall with wood strips and molding, and paint them in the trim color.

  • Draw a large geometric shape on your wall (square, rectangular, half-circle, etc), fill it with an accent color and then outline it with strips of molding for a more finished look.

  • Leave a 20" wide vertical gap of white space in the middle of your accent wall, then hang artwork down the center.

  • Moving in a clockwise direction, paint 1/3 of one wall and 2/3 of the adjacent wall, wrapping the corner in an accent color. This cool trick will help you create an architectural emphasis where one doesn't exist.

Dimensional Finishes

    Accent wall painting ideas: venetian plaster

  • Instead of using regular paint and a solid color for painting your accent wall, try faux painting finishes like venetian plaster, antique crackle, stone imitations or denim.

  • Adding a mural to the accent wall will make the room come alive and will create a unique theme and mood in the room.

  • You don't have to use paint in order to create an accent wall - wallpaper is a great alternative to wall painting and is just as versatile and beautiful.

Decadent Colors

  • Consider a gold, silver or copper leaf finish for your feature wall - the result can be breath-taking. A cheaper, faster and easier way is to use metallic paint - it will look subtler but will still add a dazzle.

  • Accent wall painting ideas: black color

  • One of the boldest wall painting ideas (not for the faint of heart) is a black accent wall. Most people are afraid of black color and think it will look goth and depressing. But when done right, a black accent wall can look absolutely stunning and even fresh, positive and inviting. But the key to pulling off the black is to keep the furniture, flooring and ceilings light.


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Accent Wall Painting Idea: Geometrical Shapes - Circles 

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Brick Red Feature Wall in Our Living Room 

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Purple Focal Wall in my Bedroom 

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Accent Wall in an Open Floor Dining Area 

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Red Accent Wall For a Small Dining Space 

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Green Accent Wall in My Hallway 

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A Foyer Niche Turned Into an Accent Wall  

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Black Metallic Accent Wall in the Foyer 

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Blue Accent Wall in My Living Room 

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Brown Accent Wall In a Small Apartment 

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Accent Wall With Geometric Shapes  

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Different Color Feature Walls 

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Peanut Butter Accent Wall 

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Faux Painted Accent Wall in My Family Room 

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Decorative Sponging on My Accent Wall 

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Accent Wall in a Kids' Room 

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Unexpected Effect of Adding an Accent Wall 

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Bold Red Feature Wall in My Dining Room 

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Unusual Accent Wall in My Room  

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