One simple change can create a major impact.
In the simplest terms, an accent wall is a carefully selected wall decorated to create visual interest. There was once a time when the accent wall conjured images of a vermillion red wall or bold patterned wallpaper, but that’s not the only way to shake up your decor.
Just recently, I had a client come to me looking to add a truly unique accent wall to her new home, but didn’t want to change the home too much. Initially, she had her heart set on wallpaper so we began bouncing ideas around.
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Pinterest is my go-to design planning tool.
I love using Pinterest as a way to share ideas with my clients. If you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, it’s a visual search engine and social media platform where you create themed boards you can share with people. During the brainstorming process, I share a Pinterest board with my client so we can narrow down the style and approach.
More than anything, interior design is a collaborative process. When I work with a client, we’re a team; we work together to create a space you’d love to hang out in time and time again.
Bringing the design to life.
Based on what she liked from our Pinterest board, I created a mood board and gathered tangible materials (color swatches, materials, etc.) to share with her. I love this part because having the colors and materials in front of you and in the space you’re decorating really helps you to get a feel for the design.
Next up is one of my favorite parts of the process – 3D drawings! This is where the design truly comes to life. Seeing everything come together in the 3D rendering, she decided that perhaps she was more in love with the idea of wallpaper rather than the reality.
During our brainstorming and collaboration phase, I came across unique ways to use wall paneling. In this design, I used faux picture frame molding repeated across the wall, painted in a deep gray with bronze undertones called Urbane Bronze. Once she saw the new 3D drawing, she was sold.
Putting the pieces together.
Now, it’s time for a little elbow grease. I reached out to the contractor and sent over the 3D renderings along with a breakdown of how to layout the paneling. Once we scheduled everything, it was finally time to move everything out of the room.
The contractor (Dang Flooring Corp) was amazing and efficient. Andres came in with the crew and prepped the area and got all the final measurements done in no time. He recommended using primed finger-jointed base cap moulding to create the rectangle picture frame paneling. After a little bit of patching, sanding, and caulking we then painted the entire wall in the ohhh so sexy Urbane Bronze color found at Sherwin Williams.
Combining the traditional and contemporary for timeless style.
The result? A perfect marriage of traditional and contemporary. The modern twist on the classic wood paneling combined with the dark gray color adds depth and creates a timeless aesthetic. In this particular room, the color palette is black, navy, creamy beiges, grays, little pops of brassy gold, but this wall will play well with a number of different color schemes.
Let’s take a closer look at the finished product!
An accent wall is a simple way to update your decor so you can get the luxe, Instagram-worthy look you want without breaking the bank.