One of the greatest leaps in room design comes when one realizes that a wall is not just a frame that surrounds the furnishings and accessories. Instead, it is itself a broad canvas that can be used for a lot more than just holding up a coat of paint or serving as a convenient place to hang pictures.

By introducing the elements of texture as well as color into the equation, interior design becomes much more three-dimensional in nature. This allows the creator of an accent wall the luxury of greater expression and exhibits much more of a unique personality in the same sized space as it was before. Here are ten examples of imaginative ways of using walls as design elements in their own right.

Reclaimed Wood Pallet Wall

One of the glories of the DIY accent wall is that you are empowered to bring out the hidden beauty inherent in otherwise mundane items that are taken for granted in their original setting. By looking at them in a different light, hidden truths are revealed about both them and you.

Stone Accent Wall

There was a time when almost everyone lived in a house that had stone walls on the inside. Perhaps it is some vestige of ancestral memory that makes this comfy nook so appealing. Or it could just be beautiful in its own right.

Vintage Mailbox Accent Wall

One of the great things about accent walls is that you can recycle so many items and give them a new life far beyond what they were originally envisaged for. Additionally, this is one that offers modular flexibility which allows it to be tailored to the various seasons of your life.

Stamp Wall

Ink is for writing, right? Well, not always. Sometimes it can provide a super fast way to turn a plain Vanilla wall into something more akin to Jamocha Almond Fudge.

Mountain Mirage

Using any sort of superlatives to describe a calm, serene and effective accent wall such as this one is to miss the point entirely. It brings literal miles of depth into the room, yet is nothing more than a flat surface covered with paint.

Geometric Back Lit Wood Accent Wall

New materials often lead to a fresh explosion of ideas that weren’t truly practical before they came into widespread usage. Such is the case with this magnificent collage of random shapes ingeniously backlit by safe LED lighting that makes you think the wall is about to explode out at you like some sort of angry volcano. Truly brilliant.

Gallery Wall


Not every accent wall project has to take months of strenuous effort to create. Sometimes you don’t need anything more than a little contrast and some revolutionary ideas about a world where everything is a 90-degree shape or forget it.

3D Sculptural Wall Art

Supreme use of texture can bring an amazing amount of pop even to deliberately monochromatic palettes. The bright white plaster sculpture on the wall stands out in vivid, austere beauty from its gray surroundings. A marvelous example where adding color would actually detract from its wonderful impact.

Pink and Red Honeycomb Wall

What can you say about a wall-length honeycomb done in decreasing intensities of color except “wow”? How about matching this with a massive puppy dog’s head made partially out of corkboard so it offers functionality as well as tremendous design appeal? Every little girl on the planet is pointing at it and saying that she wants one too.

Wood Covered Walls

Great ideas are not just the property of the English-speaking world, as is shown by this glorious essay into the benefits of using old lumber, particularly old exterior lumber, to bring light and life to a wide range of interior spaces.