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Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to leave you with a few of our favorite accent wall ideas for when you're looking to add something special to space. There are SO MANY great ways to create an accent wall with either a solid paint color, a mural, or even wallpaper. We love using them when styling a space for an unexpected dose of fun, to make a bold statement, or instantly give any space personality without having to completely redo a room.

So today, we're diving into the Oh Joy! archives to show you a few of our favorites from years past. If you've been thinking about creating one in your home but aren't sure how to do it OR are on the fence about it, we're here to show you how it's done and help make all of your accent wall dreams a reality. Check it out...

Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

1) Shape it up! Add a geometric shape behind your bed to give your room a fun focal wall like we did in this yellow and blue bedroom. It's a fun way to make a headboard if you don't have one or if you can't find one you love. We opted for a classic blue and white option here, but you can do whatever color combo you want with whatever shape you want.

Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

2) Go Abstract! We love going super abstract with a fun scribble pattern. For this, we went with a black and white theme to keep things simple (we then added in some pops of color). Going abstract is a great option if you don't want everything to be super precise or perfect. You can have the kids help, too, if you want! 

Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

3) Wallpaper! When in doubt, grab your favorite wallpaper, and get to work! Whenever we fall head over heels for a wallpaper pattern that is BOLD (like this dreamy floral wallpaper), we like to just put it on one wall to make a statement without overwhelming the room. This is a great way to ease into bold designs if you're a little hesitant. 

Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

4) Be bold! If you want to go all in and give this accent wall thing a try, we love a good rainbow stripe wall. It's a bold option but is so fun, and believe it or not, it can be used in lots of rooms (see how we styled it three ways here!). To go the extra mile, try styling items in the room to correspond with the stripes. It's not always practical, but if you can get away with it, it makes a big impact.

Accent Walls 101... / via Oh Joy!

5) Make it a Color-Block! For a little more whimsy, make a color-blocked wall! This is a great option if you want to define space, like we did here with a kid's corner and the shelves on the wall. Make sure to chose complimentary shades of whatever colors you pick and have fun with it! 

And, have a great weekend!

{Photos by Lily Glass, Concept/Production/Styling by Julia Wester, Production Assistance by Jess Hong. Written by Traci Michael.}

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