Accent Walls That Make An Impact

Accent or feature walls are a great way to inject interest and boost life into a design scheme.  They’re a great way to add colour and vitality to a space without it being overpowering.

Accent walls work very well in bedroom areas. A bedroom should be a calm restful space and a busy design won’t help induce a restful night.  Stick with an understated theme and add pattern and texture to the area behind the bed to frame the sleeping area and keep the room from looking dull and lifeless.

red accent wall

Bedroom with red accent wall by Emerald Interior Design


I really like how the designer has used the wood flooring as panelling behind the bed in this image from  Very effective.

Wallpaper from the Contemporary Collection by Cole and Sons

Black and white with yellow

Red polka dot room for tweenager

This wall paper would be perfect in a teenage girls room.  Check out my posts A Room Fit For A Tween and Decorate a Child’s Room On A Budget for more decorating ideas for children and teenagers.

This bold floral pattern wall paper adds style to this kitchen. A clear acrylic sheet is fitted over the paper to protect it from spills and splashes. Image from HousetoHome

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The dramatic wall paper is repeated under the breakfast counter.  Although I’m not sure how it would stand up to scuff marks and kicks.

Sanderson Rose and Black Wallpaper

Create a dramatic dining room with this Rose and Black Wallpaper from Sanderson. Team it with black painted walls, rose velvet upholstery and glamorous accessories for a truly decadant look. Image from HouseToHome

Accent walls don’t need to be dramatic. Sometimes it’s as simple as painting one wall a different colour.

Hot Pink Feature Wall

Painting a single wall in hot pink adds the wow effect to this otherwise neutral scheme. Image from HousetoHome

It’s not often that the feature wall is used to tone down the colour!

The Avalon Wallpaper by Thibaut is used to tone down the sizzling orange walls in this bright modern dining space. Image from House to Home

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My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

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