Bedroom accent wall ideas – create a feature wall using color, pattern, art and more

Let your bedroom accent wall do all the talking...

Bedroom accent wall ideas
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Looking for bedroom accent wall ideas? Our pick of the best accent wall ideas for the bedroom will ensure that your walls sing out. Adding interest and impact to your bedroom walls needn’t be confined to traditional methods either. As well as paint and wallpaper – decorative decals, panels, wall stickers, artwork, murals and even ceramics are all characterful ways to pack a punch.

From contemporary artwork and boldly painted walls to transfers and decorative plate collections, it’s clear that the walls do the talking in most homes. It’s a look that is both artful and relaxed, and it’s a great way to inject personality and a touch of modernity into a space. The key is to decorate a wall in a way that has meaning to you, whether that’s using a favorite hue as a backdrop to family art or collating treasured ceramics for a 3D effect. 

See: Bedroom ideas – inspiration for decorating and furnishing your space

1. Introduce character with wall panelling 

Bedroom accent wall ideas with wall panelling

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Add character with wall panelling in the main bedroom. An ideal way to introduce architectural interest and wow factor, panelling can provide additional insulation, cover uneven walls, and even hide unsightly radiators. 

'Many of the rooms that we design include panelling, says Bruce Hodgson, founder and creative director at Artichoke. ‘It has both aesthetic and practical benefits.’ As well as providing a beautiful accent to a bedroom wall, panelling also brings warmth to a room. And, it doesn't just have to be made from wood to look impressive. Here, a fabric-backed panel behind the headboard offers an extra dimension of luxury and interest to the main bedroom.

2. Make a statement with a wall mural

Bedroom accent wall ideas with mural

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Using a mural to fill a wall with a single dramatic image is a bold move, but it is a logical progression if you’ve already used patterned wallpaper. ‘A mural is a powerful too for the adventurous,’ says Andy Greenall, head of design at Little Greene. many mural designs are now available as wallpapers, making them easier to achieve. ‘Three drops of paper that create a whole panel gives an instant uplift,’ says Andy. Try painting the surrounding walls in a complementary color taken from the mural.

3. Expose a brick wall

Bedroom accent wall ideas with exposed brick wall

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Let the natural character of your bedroom shine through with exposed brickwork on a feature wall to add charm and authenticity to your decorating scheme. Practical and purposeful, a bare brick wall psychologically has a naturally warm feeling –perfect for a cozy bedroom.

When choosing which wall to expose, consider that it can be a pretty bold statement so it works to stick to one wall or a section of a wall – such as behind a bed – to bring rich warmth and an industrial nod to the style.

4. Use paint to create a bedroom accent wall

Bedroom accent wall ideas with yellow wall paint

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Paint one wall a different shade to change the mood of your bedroom and 
inject personality. Go bold and choose a high-impact color to make a statement in the room. A feature wall is easy to repaint when you fancy a change, so you can be brave with your color choice. 

Yellow inspires optimism, creating a summery feel; team it with charcoal and black for modern look, or pair this color with glorious antiques and wood furniture for a truly traditional scheme.

5. Get arty with wall decals and painted details

Bedroom accent wall ideas with wall decal

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Removable wall stickers, decals and art painted directly onto a wall also make a statement. Once a useful tool in adding character to a child’s bedroom, recent design advances make them ideal for grown-up schemes too. There are several available, from colorful options to sophisticated silhouettes, elegant monochromes, modern graphics and adhesive chalkboard. 

  • See: How to wallpaper – the best ways to prepare the walls and apply the paper

6. Invest in artwork as an bedroom wall accent

Bedroom accent wall ideas with art

Interior design / Margaret Ash, Margaret Ash Design & Home

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If a full revamp isn't on the cards, then consider hanging up easily changeable artwork instead. In this scheme by Margaret Ash of Margaret Ash Design & Home, the designer mirrors the color of the frames on the curtains, cushions and throw for a unified, cohesive look.

‘Size and proportion are important when it comes to wall art in general,’ advises Deborah Heath of Design By Deborah. ‘Ideally you would accessorize one wall, grouping items so that they work together and not as a random collection. 

'Bold and extrovert wall accessories look great against a contemporary background. But a wall of vivid color would swamp a watercolor and an oil painting may look dark and imposing on small delicately patterned wallpaper. It’s matter of trial and error –and personal taste.’

7. Make a feature of an unusual window

Bedroom accent wall ideas with window

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An accent wall doesn't have to be purely decorative. Here, the original windows in this 1905 Craftsman house do all the talking. Designed by Jamie Haller, the first thing you embrace as you enter this bedroom is the view. A full wall of original Craftsman character windows overlook Echo Park Lake and capture the most perfect sunsets. 

8. Curate a masterful display

Bedroom accent wall ideas with display

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We’re used to seeing a collection of plates on display or a gallery wall made up of artwork and objects as a typical way to liven up empty walls. However, bringing together just one item, such as a grouping of woven wall platters and baskets, adds impact in its simplicity.

In this bedroom by Margaret Ash Design, the natural texture and pattern brings a white wall to life and the grouping gracefully defines the bed.

9. Evoke intrigue with a wall hanging

Bedroom accent wall ideas with tapestry

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‘Headboards are a great way to introduce drama. They can be used as an artwork in a bedroom and provide a chance to show off beautiful designs,’ says Kit Kemp, co-owner and creative director, Firmdale Hotels

A clever alternative to investing in an overscaled headboard is to choose something plain and modest in size and mount an antique suzani wall hanging or tapestry on the wall above. This vibrant design by Lewis & Wood adds color and pattern to the scheme.

10. Use a room's existing features

Bedroom accent wall ideas with storage

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Redundant chimney breasts can be expensive (and sometimes impossible) to remove yet they present a problem in terms of taking up valuable space for a bed. One solution is to integrate the chimney breast into a design that covers the entire wall behind the bed. Niches can be used to create shelves, incorporate lighting and disguise radiators. Using one material on a whole wall can make the room look hotel-like, so mix things up: in this scheme, mirrored glass reflects light around the room while a cross-grill section over the radiator adds another element. These details are offset with softer materials, including an upholstered headboard, chunky weave bedding and smooth velvet carpet.

Which wall should be the accent wall in a bedroom?

Bedroom accent wall ideas Hannah Wilson

Interior design / Arndt Design & Build 

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It only takes one wall to give a room the wow factor. Generally your accent wall will be the one you see first when entering a room but you could choose one behind a key piece of furniture such as behind the bed or dressing table. 

An accent wall needn't just be decorative. An accent wall might be a wall of windows, or a wall dominated by a creative headboard idea. And, sometimes it's nice to choose an accent wall that's a surprise – so hidden from the doorway or reflected in a large mirror.

How can I add an accent wall?

Interior designer Deborah Heath of Design By Deborah suggests grouping pictures, mirrors or photographs together, but think outside the box too. 

‘Try hanging plates, hats, ceramics and memorabilia such as old sports equipment or collections of precious items that can be easily attached to a vertical surface. A display like this can also be updated regularly and more easily than undertaking complete redecoration.’ 

There’s a trend for increasingly textured walls too. As well as polished concrete surfaces, moulded plaster panels in a variety of shapes and patterns are also making an appearance. They look effective when lit subtly from different directions and work well in contemporary settings.