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Publication Date: 2015-08-10


10 Alluring Accent Wall Ideas

What's the best color for an accent wall, and which wall should I paint? Answer: Any color, any wall. The goal here is to have fun with color, and the permutations of the accent wall are endless. One thing to keep in mind: Whichever wall you choose, a bold color will end up defining the room, so think first about how you want that space to feel. Read on for 10 very different interpretations of the accent wall.


A red wall marks the boundary of this open living/dining space featured in House & Garden.

A coral-orange wall anchors a living room by Karhard Architecture and Design, featured in Laws of Attraction: A Paint-by-Color-Wheel Apartment in Berlin.

Bold yellow indicates spatial transitions in a Barcelona apartment by Sergi Pons Architecte, featured in 5 Favorites: Yellow Accents.

French designer Caroline Gomez uses bright colors to great effect throughout her Bordeaux home, including a perky yellow-green in the dining room. For the rest of her color choices, see The Power of Pastels: A Color-Blocked Family Loft in France.

A minty wall in a Berlin bedroom via Swedish/German real estate agency Fantastic Frank.

A sky blue half-wall defines the kitchen in the same Berlin apartment by Karhard Architecture and Design.

Architect Jen Turner used Farrow & Ball's Blue Ground as an accent wall behind her bed in her renovated Brooklyn carriage house. See the rest of the transformation in The Architect Is In: Tips from Jen Turner's Grand DIY.

Interior architect Remy Meijers used pale gray paint to define a room within a room in a remodeled mansion in The Hague. See more in History and Modern Glam in The Hague.

A dramatic double-height dark blue wall in the Metrolofts project by Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory member Incorporated Architecture & Design.

Defined by a single black wall, a child's bedroom fits neatly under the stairs in A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn: Whale Wallpaper Included.

A white kitchen island stands out against a black back wall in this Paris loft by Septembre Architecture. For more, see A Place for Everything: A 900-Square-Foot Loft for a Family of Four.


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