More than Just Paint: Create an Accent Wall With Art

Color, pattern, texture or art!  They are all fantastic ways to create an accent wall in your living space, whether it’s a living room, dining room or bedroom. Any space can have an accent wall because it does not have to be huge or expansive. Similar to a feature wall, which is usually larger or more open, an accent wall can be small. The main characteristic is that its design differs from the other three. And, while most people paint the accent wall a different color and leave it at that, you can add more personality by using art to distinguish your feature wall. Here are some art tips for you:

  1. Shades of Gray. While gray is generally considered a neutral, in artworks it can be used to highlight an accent wall. A dramatic piece that has an unusual feature immediately draws attention and become the dominant element.
  2. Wall Sculptures. Three-dimensional pieces are yet another excellent type of art for creating an accent wall. Lovers of texture and depth will particularly be drawn to an accent wall the features work that literally stand out. 
  3. Textural Works. Just as adding a texture paper or other finish to a wall created interest, displaying a textural work of art achieves the same thing, only with more flair. Texture doesn’t always mean textiles. Metal pieces are another style that coveys texture and becomes the dominant element on an accent wall. The varying tones of the metal and extra dimension from the bent and meandering part of the grid add depth and cast an interesting shadow as well. Metallic artwork pairs well with any color scheme and can be very thought-provoking.
  4. Novel Materials. Art that uses novel or unexpected materials as a medium is also a logical choice to display on a feature wall. Collages or assemblages that creatively make use of a material that isn’t often used in art is especially striking.
  5. Colorful Art. Displaying a colorful piece of art is a bold and immediate method for jazzing up a feature wall, whether it is painted a different color or not. Works that are monochrome or that include many colors.
  6. Technological Art. Artists often turn to technology in the search for new ways to create and express vision, and these types of works are natural choices for an accent wall. Light-based works are particularly dramatic options for highlighting a space. 
  7. With today’s ubiquitous cell phone cameras and the visual focus of social media, it’s easy to forget the artistry and power that make for a great, expressive photograph. Dual meanings, social commentaries and expert skills make photographs a phenomenal choice for an accent wall. Framed and hung where all can see and contemplate, a photographic work is set apart from regular snaps. No matter what the photograph features, a large-scale print is always a conversation piece for highlighting an accent wall.

As you see, art is a great choice for creating an accent wall in your home. It is a highly individualistic way to design the wall in a way that expresses your taste and discernment more than just a painted expansive will do. Displaying art on an accent wall can create a focal point, serve as a conversation starter and bring an extra element to your enjoyment of your space.