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25 Stylish Bedroom Accent Wall Ideas

July 02, 2020

Sometimes too much of a good thing can be too much. Enter the accent wall, which pares down an eye-catching pattern, color or texture to one wall — eliminating the possibility of overwhelming your space.

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Photo: Regan Wood Photography. From: Elizabeth Bomberger.

Start With Color

Paint is the easiest and most budget-friendly way to add an accent wall. Not only is the cost minimal but painting a single wall only takes a few hours and it's easy to change the color if you don't love the finished result. You can even jazz up a solid surface with an extra detail, like the sporty stripe seen here.

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Think Inside the Box

Really make the bed the star of the show by framing it out. Here, designer Sarah Richardson used inexpensive wood trim to surround a wallpapered inset to cozy up the spacious suite.

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Photo: Catherine Truman. From: Kendall Simmons.

Try Out a Temporary Wallpaper

One of the best aspects of using wallpaper for an accent wall is that there are so many removeable options available now. You don't have to feel pinned down by your wallpaper choice because peel-and-stick papers allow you to reposition or completely change them out with ease.

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Photo: David Christensen

Create a Canopy-Bed Effect

The ultimate in easy but impactful additions, adding colorful draperies behind your bed's headboard creates a canopy-bed effect without the canopy. Here, designer Parker Kennedy adds a Chinoiserie twist with bamboo trellis-patterned fabric, trimmed with a green border that ties into the banana leaf headboard.

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