Wood Accent Wall Ideas for Your Home

Wood accent walls are a great way to make any space feel cozy, inviting, and unique. Whether you’re looking for a rustic or modern vibe, a wood accent wall will be sure to transform your room into something special. There are many different ways to incorporate wood into an accent wall. From classic board and batten designs to DIY shiplap projects, there is no shortage of wood accent wall ideas that can help elevate your space.

How to Choose an Accent Wall

Bring life and personality to your rooms by creating a statement piece with an accent wall. An emphasis wall, also known as feature walls, are a unique way to inject color into any space while highlighting the area’s desired design theme. With such a simple task of painting just one wall in the room differently from its counterparts, you can easily bring vibrancy and individuality to your home! Here are some helpful tips to help you select which walls to accent in your home.

  • When trying to decide which wall to emphasize, the ideal one is typically the first wall noticeable upon entering a room. This way, you and your visitors will have it in sight at all times.
  • To make sure that your accent wall is the standout feature, consider seeking out other distinct architectural elements such as a fireplace, built-in bookcases, or unusual nooks. By doing so you can ensure that your accent wall shines!
  • When selecting a wall, ensure that it is symmetrical. Steer clear of walls with an incline, windows, niches or other existing features that would distract from an accent wall.
  • If you’re looking for an ideal accent wall, search for one without interruptions such as doors, windows or cabinetry. These seamless walls are perfect options – think the wall behind a couch or bed.
  • Before you determine your accent wall, evaluate the current furniture in the room. If a potential wall is obscured by art pieces, floor lamps, tall furnishings or window treatments then painting it wouldn’t have any impact on your space. Select an open area that has ample visibility to ensure that adding color will be meaningful and beneficial.

Wood Accent Wall Ideas

Blue Shiplap Accent Wall

Shiplap is a type of wood paneling, composed of long strips of boards that are interlocked and fit together snugly. It’s easy to install and can add a rustic or beachy feel to any space. For an extra pop of color, opt for blue shiplap instead of the traditional white option — it will still give you a unique look without feeling overly stuffy. This shiplapped wood accent wall in a bathroom is painted a light shade of blue and when combined with other design elements in the bathroom give the space a coastal vibe.

Square Pattern Accent Wall

For a modern and unique look, opt for a geometric square pattern accent wall. This type of accent wall is a great way to add visual interest while still keep the design simple and clean. To truly make the wood standout you could use a different shade of paint or wood stain for the wood trim than the wall color.

Crisscross Pattern

For a truly custom wood accent wall, opt for a crisscross patterned wood design like this wood accent wall in a living room. This type of design is easier to create than it looks and will definitely add character to any space in your home. The key with this look is to make sure that the pattern you choose is symmetrical — and consistent otherwise, it won’t work quite as well as if it were properly aligned.

Diamond Patterned Wood Accent Wall

For a more regal look, opt for a diamond patterned wood accent wall. This style of design is perfect for any living room. This design will add texture and interest to any living room while still keeping the overall vibe elegant and sophisticated. The key to making this look work is to make sure that your diamonds are all exactly the same size — you don’t want one side of your wall looking differently than the other. The darker shade of green shown in this living room accent wall adds to the sophisticated look of this design.

Geometric Wood Accent Wall

For an extra special touch, try a geometric wood accent wall. This type of design can be created out of any type of wood and will add an eye-catching detail to your space. This design look great as a bedroom accent wall. To get the perfect look make sure that you dry fit all the pieces into place prior to permanently securing the wood accent pieces to the wall.

Horizontal Wood Accent Wall

For a more traditional look, opt for a horizontal wood accent wall. This type of design is perfect for adding visual interest to any space while still keeping the overall vibe warm and welcoming. The key to making this look work is to make sure that all your pieces are precisely spaced apart. I did this as a weekend DIY project to update my Kids shared bedroom. The hardest part for me was the initial spacing went right through an electrical outlet. I had to adjust the design and spacing but after that this project was quick and easy. For a step by step tutorial check out then post on DIY Horizontal Board and Batten Accent Wall.

Rectangular Board and Batten Accent Wall

This is a slightly easier variation one the diamond and crisscross wood accent wall design. A rectangular board and batten design is classic and easy enough to do as a DIY project. This style is perfect for any space that needs an extra oomph It’s clean and classic enough to fit into most decor styles.

Slat Wood Accent Wall

This is a great option for anyone looking for an easy-to-install wood accent wall. Slats are thin strips of wood that can be applied horizontally, vertically or diagonally to create your own custom design. With minimal supplies and a few hours of work, you’ll have the perfect wood accent wall in no time. A slat wood wall is versatile as it looks beautiful when combined with earth tones or dark colors.

Vertical Wood Plank Accent Wall

If you’re looking for a spin on a classic wood accent wall, look no further than this vertical wood plank wall. This is another versatile design option as the vide can change depending on the color and style of wood used.For a chic farmhouse look, use reclaimed wood and pair it with an organic paint hue. Conversely, if you’re aiming for a coastal appearance in your home decorating, opt for natural shades of paint to achieve the desired effect.

White Weathered Shiplap Accent Wall 

If you’re looking to add a touch of rustic charm, this white weathered shiplap accent wall is the perfect choice. Shiplap is a type of wooden paneling that has grooves cut in it to create the signature look and feel associated with the style. This type of design will instantly elevate any space and help you achieve that rustic farmhouse look.

Wood Accent Wall Bathroom

Who says that wood accent walls are limited to the main living spaces? This wood accent wall was done in the bathroom and it truly sets the space apart. The accent wall matches some of the flooring bring the space together nicely. If you choose to create an accent wall in your bathroom make sure to properly seal the wood to prevent warping. or use a product engineered and designed for use in spaces that get wet.

Wood Block Accent Wall

This wood accent wall if truly one of a kind. The 3 dimensional design is unique and really make the space standout. This design look great as is with natural stained wood, but painting this in a nice neutral color would look great too.

Wood Accent Wall: Herringbone

Another unique accent wall is this herringbone wall. This style is perfect for any space that needs an elevated touch. The angled design gives off wonderful texture without the need of too much color or accessories. This design is a bit more challenging to do as your cuts need to be precise. This homeowner opted to leave the wood natural but painting this a nice white color would look great as well.

Wood Plank Alternating Pattern

This is a similar design to the herringbone design talked about earlier but this is unique in that each panel is orientated a different direction. This design will definitely stand out in any room and is a great way to incorporate natural elements into your home. If you decide to tackle this as a DIY be sure to take your time when measuring, cutting and installing each board for this project as it can get tricky.

If after reading this post you are still unsure of which direction you want to pursue for your accent wall. Be sure to click over to these posts on Gray Accent Walls and Green Accent Walls for additional ideas and inspiration.

In closing, these wood accent wall ideas are a great way to add warmth, texture and character to any space. With so many different designs to choose from, you are sure to find something that fits your individual style. Whether it’s a classic board and batten or something more unique like a herringbone pattern, these projects will bring life into any room. So go ahead and give one of these ideas a try in your home today!

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