A Guide to the Best Bedroom Accent Wall Ideas
By: Decorating Den Interiors - Jennifer Jones | Published 12/27/2022
Whether you’re looking to spice up a small bedroom or completely redo the design aesthetic of a master bedroom, adding an accent wall is the perfect solution.
Accent walls are a mainstay in the interior decorating world for a reason. They can help switch up the design and personality of your bedroom instantly — without the hassle of a full bedroom makeover. They’re also extremely versatile with a wide range of options for any home decorator. From unlimited paint colors to new materials, your accent wall can be as one-of-a-kind as you are.
Excited to explore potential bedroom accent wall design options? Read on and get inspired.
What is an accent wall?
An accent wall, also known as a feature wall, is an interior or exterior wall that is aesthetically different from its surrounding walls. Whether by color, design and/or material, an accent wall stands out from the crowd to create a focal point in any room.
Depending on your personality and style, an accent wall can highlight exactly what you want people to first notice when they enter a room. Additionally, since a bedroom is mainly for your own eyes, an accent wall can be an exciting opportunity to try out new decor ideas or experiment with your interior design style.
Your bedroom is supposed to be your go-to space for relaxation and comfort, so why not guarantee that it matches your ideal home decor?
Which wall should be your accent wall?
Before you roll your sleeves up and get to work, it’s important to have a clear idea of which wall is going to be your accent wall. As the room’s feature wall, a good indicator of an ideal accent wall is whether it’s already got a focal point. For example, in your bedroom, the main accent wall is most likely the wall behind your bed’s headboard.
That’s not always the case, though! If your bedroom has a wall of windows, that can also be a great place to design an accent wall that will highlight this architectural feature. If that doesn’t sound like a perfect match for your dream bedroom, don’t worry, just look up — literally! Your bedroom ceiling counts as a wall and can be designed to make the space cozier. (For example, if your bedroom ceilings are tall and make the room seem emptier than it should, you can paint it a dark color to make it appear smaller and homier.)
Whatever wall you choose, remember it’s your bedroom, so have fun with it!
5 bedroom accent wall ideas to get inspired
Unsure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top 5 bedroom accent wall decor ideas to help get you started:
1. Go bold with a dark accent wall
Most homes usually stick with neutral, light walls in shades of white, off-white or cream to brighten the space. But with an accent wall, you can take your design to the next level and add a fun contrast to your space with a bold, dark wall. Blues, blacks, reds and greens are all great colors with deep shades that will add that romantic touch to your bedroom.
They can also create a great base for additional decor ideas, like a gallery wall. If you have a lot of artwork, a dark wall can make bright, neutral frames stand out. Remember, a dark wall is a great base to highlight other design pieces such as art, shelves, mirrors and more.
2. Embrace patterns for a dynamic look
Love a geometric pattern? Add it to your bedroom wall to create a one-of-a-kind art wall. Take any pattern or color combination that sparks joy and create the vibe you want. For example, do you want an ethereal accent wall? Choose a blue shade base and then sponge white paint on to create a cloud texture. Soon you’ll not only feel like you’re sleeping in clouds – it’ll look like it too.
If you want to make sure that your chosen paint colors go together, take a look at a color wheel for inspiration. If you want your colors to be bright and stand out from each other, choose complementary colors that are on opposite sides of the wheel. For cohesive colors that pair similarly, choose analogous colors which are side by side.
3. Experiment with wallpaper
If you’re not sold on painting your accent wall, take a look at local and online wallpaper options. Wallpaper can come in a broad range of colors, styles and patterns that can be added to complete your bedroom’s interior design. If you want a feature wall that truly stands out, explore unique wallpapers created by artists and designers that will elevate your space with little to no work on your end.
Although patterned wallpaper can overwhelm a room, an accent bedroom wall is a perfect location for this decor staple.
4. Play with texture and textiles
Your accent wall doesn’t have to be a flat surface. Bricks, wood and stone are all fantastic options when it comes to building an accent wall. For example, you can use slats of similarly-toned wood to create a herringbone-patterned wall — perfect for a California or bohemian-style bedroom. If you’re more into cottagecore, opt for white-painted bricks to emphasize a cozy, but neutral style. Want an industrial look? Consider a mirror or stone wall.
5. Make your accent wall an oversized art piece
Murals don’t just belong to the art centers of your nearest city. Make your bedroom a work of art by adding a large mural to your accent wall. Choose colors that complement or match your dream bedroom’s color palette to tie the look altogether.
Whether the mural is expansive and detailed or minimalist and geometric, it’s sure to be a conversation starter — and probably your favorite place in the house.
Should you mix or match your accent wall with existing decor?
The best design choice is to match your accent wall either with your existing or anticipated home decor. If you’re in the middle of a complete style rehaul, you may not want to design an accent wall that matches your current home design as it’s in the midst of changing.
However, for those who love to play with color and pattern-mixing, then choosing an accent wall that clashes with your current scheme can work out — but only if you choose complementary colors.
For those who love to match, take inspiration from your existing favorite pieces. Love your gray metal headboard? Accent your wall with cool hues, such as soft blues or grays to complete the look. If your favorite pieces are bright yellow throw pillows, take a look at warm accent walls with yellow, tan or gold accents.
Complement your accent wall with Decorating Den Interiors – Jennifer Jones
Once you’re done completing your accent wall, you may want to also spruce up the rest of your bedroom (or home!). Decorating Den Interiors – Jennifer Jones can relieve that design pressure with some simple additions that tie the entire room together.
Simply reach out to one of our personal decorators for expert assistance. Once contacted, your personal decorator will come to your home to provide a complimentary consultation for your bedroom and/or home makeover. From this meeting, they will get to know both you, your space and your personal style preferences to help you capture your ideal home design. After you both agree on the game plan, the decorators will get to work!
Excited to start your home style journey? Contact Decorating Den Interiors – Jennifer Jones today!