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This post is part two for last week’s accent wall post so make sure to go and read that one first before proceeding with this week’s update. Today I’m sharing some DIY accent wall inspiration and ideas as well as revealing which technique I’m going to use for my own entryway accent wall.
5 Unique DIY accent wall ideas
1. Washi tape wall
Washi tape offers endless opportunities to get creative. You can create different styles of patterns on walls to imitate a wallpaper like results. The simplest option is to just create cross patterns with the tape evenly across the wall. Washi tape is a great option for renters or as a temporary solution if you change your mind often. A great example of this technique is My Simply Simple’s Kelsey’s bathroom wall.
If you want to try this DIY you can find a very good detailed tutorial for this technique on everythingemilyblog.com here.
2. Sponge wall with paint
There are so many different patterns that can be done with the sponge treatment but the most popular one seems to be some form of squares or rectangles that are created with parallel vertical lines. Another popular option is to create repeated arrow or diamond patterns. But honestly there’s no rules when it comes to creating sponge walls and you can create any pattern you like that consists of equal short straight lines. For a more renter-friendly option you could use white paintable peel & stick wallpaper and do the sponge wall treatment onto it instead of directly on the wall.
I love how naturally imperfect the finish is with this technique. It also makes it very easy to execute because you don’t need to aim for perfectly filled lines when little paintless spots only make it look better. The sponge texture is meant to show and that is really what makes this technique so great.
For a great tutorial on how to make a gorgeous looking sponge wall you can visit ceciliamoyerblog.com here.
The Clover Home also has a beautiful example of a sponge wall you would never guess isn’t a high end wallpaper.
3. Colour blocking arches or organic shapes with paint
Colour blocking has been trending for some time now and I’ve seen some beautiful versions of this trend. There’s arches and scallops, rounds and rectangles. You can do any shape really.
Arches and organic shapes can also be accomplished in a number of different ways. The easiest way would probably be painting the shapes directly onto the wall but that’s not always possible for renters. A more renter friendly alternative would be using contact paper or plain removable wallpaper and cutting it in different shapes to attach to the wall. The shapes can also be painted with some neutral colours for creating more visual interest.
4. DIY wall decals with printed images
As I was researching my options for my DIY accent wall I came across a blog post about printing images onto clear sticker paper and using them as wall decals. I think this idea is so clever because this way you can literally use any pattern or image for your accent wall. And the best part is that it’s incredibly affordable to execute as well as fully removable after you want to change up your wall again. Another similar option would be creating your own patterns and printing them on a Cricut machine and attaching them to the wall.
You can find a tutorial by Kristine from the Painted Hive here.
5. Hand drawn wall mural
When it comes to imitating a wallpaper that has some form of a line art pattern the most straightforward way to do so would be to draw it directly on the wall. However this obviously requires some drawing skills to be able to make it look good. Penciling the pattern first before using a more permanent marker definitely helps because it can be erased and re-done as much as needed. Unfortunately for someone like me who lives in a rental and doesn’t want to leave permanent marks on the wall this option is not possible as is. However, if your landlord is okay with you painting your walls you could just paint over the mural before moving out and the wall would look as good as new again.
So which option did I choose to attempt to execute for my entryway accent wall?
The answer is it’s going to be a combination of multiple techniques. My plan is to use artists tape to “draw” line art patterns on the wall. If my attempt works out this will only cost me $17 which is the price of the tape I’ve ordered from Amazon. Do you think I can pull it off?
Below is some inspiration photos of what I’m aiming for my DIY accent wall to look like.
Disclaimer – if you decide to create an accent wall using contact paper, tape or removable wallpaper make sure you test its removability on a small area beforehand. Depending on your wall material and the adhesive used there is always a risk of damaging your wall or existing wall treatment when removing the product.
Next week I will be writing about storage solutions for a small home office. That includes topics such as how to easily add more hidden storage for those not-so-pretty office necessities.
To do list:
Get rid of storage unit & old desk Move bookcase to the place of the old desk Add new double desk to the place of the old storage unit in the corner Get new chairs for the desk Add a full length mirror to the back wall to create a more spacious feel
- Build entryway console from old bench
- Create a feature wall behind entryway console table
Are you new to The One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge is a design challenge sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. Twice a year 20 featured designers are selected to transform a space. During the eight weeks of the challenge they share their progress with weekly updates.
For more information about The One Room Challenge you can visit the official website here.
One Room Challenge Spring 2021 Schedule
Week 1 – The plans (May 6-9)
Week 2 – Progress & challenges (May 13-16)
Week 3 – Budget & Products (May 20-23)
Week 4 – Entryway accent wall (May 27-30)
Week 5 – DIY accent wall ideas (June 3-6)
Week 6 – Small home office storage solutions (June 10-13)
Week 7 – It’s all coming together (June 17-20)
Week 8 – Final reveal (June 24-27)