17 Unique Ways to Create One Wood Accent Wall

updated May 3, 2019
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If you have a big blank white wall in your home, and you just don’t know what to do with it, consider a wood accent wall. They are an easy way to add warmth, texture, and interest to a space, and are easily done on a budget. Reclaimed siding, old moving pallets, scrap wood, salvaged floorboards, and even laminate flooring can do the trick. Here are 17 unique yet do-able ways to adopt this huge trend.

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Peel-and-Stick Wood

The owners of this dining room added a ton of drama with some dark charcoal wood on one wall. They used Stikwood, which is thin sheets of real wood with adhesive backing. Since it’s peel-and-stick, it is easy to apply in little time. Twenty square feet costs between $200-$300, depending on which design you choose.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood

Sofia and Santiago’s wood wall is as much a philosophy as a design decision. When they built their own Buenos Aires home, with an eye towards sustainability, they bought an old crumbling house and decided to use as much of the structure’s old materials as possible to create their new living space. The recycled wood in nearly every room adds texture, warmth, and beauty. You’d never know that it’s a concrete house.

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Stained Lath Wood Strips

Athena created the wall in her sewing room out of cheap lath wood, which are long strips used as backing material during construction. She stained each piece of wood then meticulously nailed them all in place on the wall. If you are similarly inclined, you can buy this inexpensive material at the hardware store in bundles for about $30. The narrow widths make it unique.

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Engineered Wood Flooring

You can use wood to frame an entryway, like the door in this newly remodeled Capetown home. The French Oak engineered flooring is by Oggie Flooring.

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Herringbone Patterns and Unique OOAK Designs

You’re not limited to either straight vertical or horizontal lines; experiment with different designs to get something special. Try a tried-and-true pattern like herringbone, or create something entirely unique, like this kitchen wall in Kristen’s Philadelphia row home. She bought the place when she was 24-years-old and DIYed the entire house herself.

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Modern Vertical Planks

The owners of this modern Australian home used a lot of natural elements in their home remodel, including this warm timber wall in the sunroom. Laying whole pieces of wood vertically created long, continuous crisp lines that don’t feel fussy.

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Pallet Wood Wall

This mobile home’s bedroom wall was created from wood that’s several different widths, which gives it a relaxed and unstudied look. The homeowners used pieces of an old wooden pallet as the base, which also made this DIY project super affordable.

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Framed Salvaged Wood Wall

A little detail on this bedroom wall which makes a big difference: The wood on this accent was framed out with some white wood, which makes the area a little more finished-looking and intentional. It was created out of salvaged floorboards.

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Variegated Patterned Wall

When Paige and Thorben finished putting up their wood living room wall, they couldn’t believe how cold the space felt beforehand. Now they can’t image their living room without it. The variegated pattern of the wood, which they found in their neighborhood, give the wall a lot of character and movement.

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White Shiplap Wall

We can’t forget shiplap! This style came screaming into our lives with the popularity of the Gaines’ in recent years. It’s certainly got its pros and cons, but this wall treatment’s clean and classic look won’t get old anytime soon. The white wood also makes things feel a lot brighter than some of these other examples. If you are ready for a variation on the theme, try nickel gap siding instead.

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IKEA Slat Headboard

This 350-square-foot NYC apartment is chock full of custom details, including this wood slat wall in the bed nook (it’s just too small to call an actual bedroom), which kinda looks like an IKEA MANDAL headboard. These are no longer sold in the U.S. (there’s the NORDLI, which is the same concept but with wider slats), but some other countries still carry the design. If you’re up for a DIY, Menards has a how-to video on how to make one yourself. Scale up to cover the entire wall.

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Laminate Flooring

The previous owner of this Vancouver home used wood-look laminate flooring to create an accent wall in the basement TV room, which adds a rustic, industrial element to the otherwise blank space.

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Rustic Wood Half Wall

If you aren’t up for covering a whole wall, consider a half-wall instead. This rustic one in the bedroom of a Dutch interior stylist does double-duty as both a headboard and a shelf for displaying art and decor.

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Barn Wood Wall

Living in one large ginormous open loft apartment, the Flynns were forced to get creative when breaking up the space and carving out different living zones. One clever strategy was this wood accent wall in the main room, which adds another layer of texture on top of the exposed brick wall, and creates a distinct seating area.

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Shou Sugi Ban Wall

Another dark, dramatic wall that totally makes the room, this time from a renter. The wood was supplied and installed by a local company in Montreal called Arbres & Bois, who used a technique called Yakisugi or Shou Sugi Ban, which is a Japanese method of charring wood to preserve it. Jonathan loved the effect so much, he wound up removing the doors on his bedroom so you could see the wall from other parts of the house.

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Vinyl or Laminate Wood Paneling

If you can’t get your hands on real wood, or are on a very, very tiny budget, don’t discount faux wood panelling. There’s something delightfully throwback and vintage about this Pennsylvania home’s bedroom.

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Plywood Wall

It looks like sheets of stained plywood were mounted to the wall of this attic bedroom—an easy and quick way to cover more surface area. The walls add a lot of cozy atmosphere to the space.