Here's Why You Need An Accent Wall In Your House

They make even black feel light and airy.

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Does the idea of bright paint all over your house scare you to your very core? Does patterned wallpaper make you feel claustrophobic at the mere mention of it? It's time to change all that. Accent walls can actually really change the vibe in your home, and it will definitely be for the better. You don't have to deck out all four walls of a room in something bright or wild, you just need a single wall. It sounds like it would throw your symmetry off balance, but it actually looks super chic when done right. After you see these, you'll want one in every single room of your house.

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1 Stripe It Up
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Mark Roskamas

This Manhattan guest room, designed by Amanda Darnell, used a dynamic Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa wallpaper to unify outsider artwork.

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2 Inlay It Up
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An inlaid wall is maybe our favorite use for tile yet. Bonus points: It can creatively camoflauge your TV.

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3 Go Super Bold
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Can you pull off a bright turquoise wall? Totally—just don't cover your entire house with it and you're good.

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4 Add Wood
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If you want to really make a statement, skip the mounted headboard in your bedroom and use your wall instead. This DIY wood statement wall can take your room from basic to farmhouse in an instant.

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5 Don't Be Scared Of Black
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Black might sound terrifying, but it looks totally sexy in a bedroom. To keep it from feeling too dark, opt for white bedding and make sure you have enough natural light in the room.

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6 Keep It Subtle
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Trevor Tondro

A large wall like this one can dominate a room if you go too bold or too dark, so stick to a neutral color in a subtle pattern. That way, you can afford to get a little more adventurous with your furniture and decor.

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7 Jungle-Inspired
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This palm-print wallpaper is bold, to say the least, but limiting it to an accent wall keeps the room feeling light, rather than making it feel a little claustrophobic.

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8 Create An Ombré Effect
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Single color walls? Please. Try an ombre effect on your wall, then pick up the hues in your bedding.

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9 Go Glam
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Courtesy of Erin Gates Design

Pale pink wallpaper combined with geometric, glittering lighting glams up this small dining nook. Keeping the pink to a single wall feels more sophisticated (and less babyish).

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10 Update Your Entryway
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A bright hue is the easiest way to make a statement in a small space. Paint one wall an energizing color, then add contrast with decor, like these pink ottomans.

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11 Use Paneling
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If color is not your jam, don't stress, you can still try out an accent wall. Use wood paneling on one wall to create dimension.

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