7 Ways to Decorate an Accent Wall

Kim's house tour is a room-by-room lesson in bold, creative decorating, but it's her living room accent wall that floored us the most. The wall, decorated in a photo blow-up of a forest, creates a dramatic backdrop for her black and white living room. If you're searching for similar ways to spotlight a wall in your own home, click below for ideas...

  • A tried and true method that's cheap and effective, painting an accent wall is a simple ways to introduce a solid color block into your space.
  • Photo blow-ups and wallpaper murals are great ways to add depth to a room and create a "window" into another world. Kim's interior forest came from designyourwall.com.
  • Besides painting, wallpaper is probably the most popular way to enliven a wall. For tips on how to hang it, click here.
  • Stenciling can be a very involved and time-consuming process, but it can also yield stunning results.
  • If you're a renter who can't paint or wallpaper, "peel and stick" wall graphics are an affordable alternative.
  • Another renter-friendly solution is to use liquid starch to adhere fabric to a wall. When you're ready to move, just peel off the fabric and give your walls a good scrub.
  • Use decorative molding to create wall panels. You can highlight the panels by using them to "frame" textiles, wallpaper, or artwork.
  • Photo: Kim Johnson, Kim's One Room at a Time