How to Create an Accent Wall

Are your walls looking drab and boring?  Maybe you should consider an accent wall?  In this installment of DesignSmarts, Lou joins forces with the experts from ACE Hardware to show you how you can tackle this project all on your own!

With almost any painting project, the key is in the preparation, so before you get started you’re going to want to think about different accent wall paint ideas.  Things like color selection, potential patterns (more on that later), and what sort of finish you’re looking for should be thought through before you pick up your supplies at the local Ace Paint Shop and throw down the drop cloths.

Patterns are a great way to really spice up an accent wall, whether by using different paint colors or even other materials like decorative wood trim.  Depending on how adventurous you are and what sort of tools you have (like a circular or miter saw for example), will dictate the overall creative approach to the job.

Here’s a quick list of things to consider:

  • How big is the room?  Smaller rooms tend to feel larger with lighter colors and vice versa with larger rooms.
  • How much natural and artificial light is there?  This also ties into the size of the room, as well as the finish of whatever paint you might be thinking of, i.e. matte vs. high-gloss.
  • What is your overall design style?  Would a simple square made of trim on the center of a wall work best or would something more geometric or even a herringbone pattern bring the wall to life the way in which you envisioned?

The accent wall example in this video features a basic pattern that incorporates vertical slats and two different paint colors from Benjamin Moore.  Here are the steps that brought it to life:

  1. Sketch out the design of the pattern to estimate how much lumber (and paint) to purchase
  2. Measure the floor to ceiling height for the slats and calculate how many you’ll need to have even spacing all across the wall
  3. Cut the wood to length using a circular saw or even better a miter saw for ease of use
  4. Paint the entire wall with the base color, using a roller for the larger areas and a brush to cut in from the walls, ceiling, and floor
  5. Paint the slats using the alternate finish
  6. Install the slats using a nail gun
  7. Spackle the nail holes
  8. Once dry, use the same paint color to handle any touchups (we’re using latex-based spackle so there’s no need to do any sanding first)

So if painted accent walls are a project you feel comfortable with, then go ahead and DIY!

Are your walls looking drab and boring?  Maybe you should consider an accent wall?  In this installment of DesignSmarts, Lou joins forces with the experts from ACE Hardware to show you how you can tackle this project all on your own!

With almost any painting project, the key is in the preparation, so before you get started you’re going to want to think about different accent wall paint ideas.  Things like color selection, potential patterns (more on that later), and what sort of finish you’re looking for should be thought through before you pick up your supplies at the local Ace Paint Shop and throw down the drop cloths.

Patterns are a great way to really spice up an accent wall, whether by using different paint colors or even other materials like decorative wood trim.  Depending on how adventurous you are and what sort of tools you have (like a circular or miter saw for example), will dictate the overall creative approach to the job.

Here’s a quick list of things to consider:

  • How big is the room?  Smaller rooms tend to feel larger with lighter colors and vice versa with larger rooms.
  • How much natural and artificial light is there?  This also ties into the size of the room, as well as the finish of whatever paint you might be thinking of, i.e. matte vs. high-gloss.
  • What is your overall design style?  Would a simple square made of trim on the center of a wall work best or would something more geometric or even a herringbone pattern bring the wall to life the way in which you envisioned?

The accent wall example in this video features a basic pattern that incorporates vertical slats and two different paint colors from Benjamin Moore.  Here are the steps that brought it to life:

  1. Sketch out the design of the pattern to estimate how much lumber (and paint) to purchase
  2. Measure the floor to ceiling height for the slats and calculate how many you’ll need to have even spacing all across the wall
  3. Cut the wood to length using a circular saw or even better a miter saw for ease of use
  4. Paint the entire wall with the base color, using a roller for the larger areas and a brush to cut in from the walls, ceiling, and floor
  5. Paint the slats using the alternate finish
  6. Install the slats using a nail gun
  7. Spackle the nail holes
  8. Once dry, use the same paint color to handle any touchups (we’re using latex-based spackle so there’s no need to do any sanding first)

So if painted accent walls are a project you feel comfortable with, then go ahead and DIY!