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Julie Nolta

Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress

of my little apple green design studio.

Welcome to my blog!

When I'm not out visiting a client or searching for just the right  product for a project, I can probably be found in my happy little studio (painted the perfect shade of green), busy drawing up new ideas for a cool kitchen or a "spa-licious" bathroom. I like to share the fun stuff I find along the way!


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Creative ideas for accent walls

accent wall ideas

I’m back this week with the sequel to how to choose which wall in your room is the right one for an accent wall. If you missed reading Part 1 about foolproof tips for choosing an accent wall, you can catch up here.

So now that you’ve decided on the perfect accent wall, what will you do with it? I’ve scoured the interwebs to bring you some fun options to create a memorable and personal space in your home. Ready? Go!

The most frequent choice for an accent wall is to paint it a solid, brighter, more intense color than the rest of the room. Navy and teal and turquoise are pretty popular colors at the moment, as are orange and green, but YOUR favorite color will work too. As long as it coordinates with the rest of your décor. Pull your favorite color from a piece of artwork or your rug or bedding to create a statement.

accent wall ideas

Photo: avestyles

Beyond a "look at me!" coat of paint, reclaimed wood walls are all the rage. (You may remember my post awhile back about wood panelled walls?) The trend started with de-constructed wood pallets and Joanna Gaines' shiplap and has grown to include tons of options like peel and stick planks in lots of colors that you can put up yourself.

Photo: (oops, I can't find the link for this photo!)

accent wall ideas

Photo: decor8

And people are getting creative with other types of wood like shingles and even wood rounds:

ideas for accent walls

ideas for accent walls

Plus these customizable planks with metallic paints that you can order for your own room:

ideas for accent walls

And one more wood idea - - planks AND paint:

ideas for accent walls

Okay, one more wood idea - - this feature is made out of molding. And lots of math, plus patience!

Wallpaper and murals are on their way back in again, and an accent wall is the perfect place to try something bold that might be waaay to much if it was all over the room. I love these oversized graphic roses! Or are they peonies? Either way it certainly makes one glam nursery!

Photo: foxyoxie

And if regular wallpaper is too big of a commitment for you, read here for some great sources for temporary wallpaper and also a trick for making ANY wallpaper temporary. I stumbled across a site called Thou Swell with even more stylin' removable and re-positionable wallpaper - - perfect for renters.

These mid-century graphic wallpapers called Sunburst are from Chasing Paper:

Bring texture to your walls with dimensional tiles and stone. These wavy wall tiles in the bathroom below would work just as well in a kitchen, entry way or living room fireplace. You could also try a stack stone that matches the exterior of your house, or the old loft look with a brick wall. I have a client who's installing a brick wall in her family room with a product called thin brick from Lowe's. You can't tell it from the real thing.

accent tile ideas

And what about decoupage? Years ago my mom covered one wall of her sewing and music room with old sheet music (wish I had a picture of that), and you could do something similar with scrap book paper, heavy wrapping paper, your kids' artwork, old photos, paper bags, just anything!

(A NOTE FROM LEFT FIELD: some day I'll have to show you the doll house room I made for my mom that was a copy of her music room right down to the sheet music on the walls. Oh how I love doll houses.)

I could go on and on. Check out my Accent Wall Ideas Pinterest board for even more ideas: lace walls, murals, tin tiles, ombre paint, shiplap, mirrored tile, and this wacky one I'll leave you with. WHOA.

Photo: homesthetics

SO many fabulous ideas for accent walls, but the important thing is that, if you're going to have one, have fun with it. It's in YOUR house and you should love looking at it every day. And if you need a little help pulling it off, I think you know who you can call!


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