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21 Easy DIY Accent Wall Ideas That Are Affordable & Creative

Are you looking for a budget-friendly way to makeover rooms in your home? Feature walls are a fun way to showcase your personality and style. Here are 20+ easy DIY accent wall ideas for that blank wall in your home.

collage of painted accent wall design ideas.

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Why make an accent wall?

An accent wall becomes the focal point of a room. These walls are meant to stand out and add an extra design element to our space.

They can be the perfect solution for your dining room, nursery, home office or even your bathroom.

Accent walls can be made of a different material, bold color or just a subtle change in color to create a feature wall. Even smaller rooms can make a big impact with a fun wall.

21+ DIY Accent Wall Ideas

Wood Walls

From shiplap to barnwood, wood walls can make your space feel like home.

DIY wooden shiplap accent wall painted green
Vertical Shiplap Wall
Thanks to Joanna Gaines, the shiplap movement has taken over everywhere. Make your wood bathroom wall more unique by hanging the boards vertically and painting it a moody blue.
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Modern Farmhouse Bedroom Accent Wall
Green paint can really have a calm effect in your home. This dark teal was exactly what this shiplap wall needed to completely update this bedroom.
We love how all of the awesome features came together in this bedroom makeover (which they did for under $300)!
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DIY Picture Frame Moulding On Walls
This detailed tutorial will help you create a framed picture wall idea to add interest to your home. A little bit of wood can make a huge statement in your space.
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DIY Faux Wood Bedroom Feature Wall
Instead of placing wood planks in a vertical pattern, consider placing these awesome gray faux wall panel planks horizontally for a rustic look in your bedroom. By finding wall panels to use, this accent wall project was done in 3 hours! We love when DIY projects can be done quickly and look so amazing.
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wooden plank accent wall with bed
Unique Modern Wood Accent Wall
The wood slats can add visual interest to any bedroom or living room. This stunning wall is an easier project than you think. It was created using only regular 6 x 12 boards and leftover paint.
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personalized DIY entryway accent wall
DIY Board and Batten Wall with Hooks
This practical accent wall is such a great way to stay organized and create a stylish entryway. We love that each child knows exactly where to put their things on these oil-rubbed bronze hooks!
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pink cheveron wall and black wood accent wall
Herringbone & Wood Wall
This DIY accent wall is a mixture of some of our favorite designs. Just like us, they used the same painter's tape to achieve the chevron wall design on top. This muted pink combined with the painted wood is a perfect DIY nursery idea. (see some of our other DIY nursery ideas here).
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blue modern board and batten DIY accent wall in living room.
Board and Batten Accent Wall
Create a unique feature in your room with these board and batten wall. Add a contrasting paint color to really make this wall pop. This is totally a doable DIY accent wall idea and we love how much texture it adds to the space.
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DIY Diamond Paneled Wall
Wood trim can add a whole new dimension to a room. This diamond pattern is a twist on the classic board and batten walls we see. This wood accent wall design would be perfect in your living room or entryway.
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living room with white shiplap wall.
White Shiplap Accent Wall
We couldn't have a list of fabulous accent walls without showing a classic white shiplap example for your family room. The white in this space really brightens their living space and makes the space feel a lot larger than it really is. Their home looks amazing and we love that they added color with their furniture instead of the walls.
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Easy Painted Walls

Get inspired whether painting one color or a whole painter's tape design.

white and black designed powder room with gold mirror.
DIY Paint Pen Accent Wall
Instead of buying expensive wallpaper, you can just draw it yourself using this easy tutorial.
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hexagon painted accent wall with gray and pink painted designs.
Ombre Hexagon Wall
Transform any space inexpensively with paint. This DIY bedroom makeover used existing paint supplies for an ombre hexagon wall.
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basement kid craft room with blue accent wall, painted chairs and l-shaped desk.
Simple Bold Color With White Walls
Sometimes a different color can bring a whole space together. This DIY homeschool room became a very functional space with a charcoal blue accent wall, large word art, and DIY pegboards. Children love creating in this small DIY basement room.
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gray herringbone painted bathroom accent wall with gel stained cabinets and industrial bathroom shelves.
Painter’s Tape Wall Design
Painter’s tape and your own color scheme can really change a small bathroom from blah to exciting! This herringbone or chevron pattern would be an excellent addition to any bathroom, kid’s room or laundry room!
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small girl sitting at DIY desk with sharpie accent wall
Child’s Sharpie Wall
This accent wall by Jessica Welling Interiors was created by doodling with a black Sharpie. It is so easy that anyone can do it! Every little artist would love to have a space like this or to display their artwork in this wonderful space!
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child's hand using chalk on a chalkboard mural
DIY Chalkboard Wall With Frames
This fun accent wall is perfect for a kid's playroom or basement wall. Easily create frames to help keep your little one's drawings in one place.
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gray wall with stripes in garage.
Easy Striped Wall Design
Even your garage deserves to have a little personality with a fun accent wall idea. This tutorial provides detailed instructions for how to paint clean and crisp stripes on a wall.
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Painted Shiplap Accent Wall
You might think this accent wall was real wood. Instead, they used a kit to get that rustic charm. You can cheaply add this to an entire wall or room.
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Mountain Mural Tutorial
This mountain wall design makes the perfect accent wall in this nursery. We imagine children reading, resting and simply loving to be in their rooms.
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Other Walls

Polka Dot Accent Wall made with decals
Polka Dot Accent Wall
These polka dots were an easy way to add an extra wall design element! Besides, being easy, they also don't seem as permanent as other accent wall ideas.
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Living Room Feature Stone Wall
This stone accent wall was created using stack quartz to bring together the midcentury vibe in their home. If you are looking to make this more budget-friendly you could always try a manufactured stacked stone.
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  1. Louise O'Boyle says:

    These are fab ideas! I absolutely love the shiplap wood, it looks so smart xx

    1. Thanks, Louise! These accent walls sure are impressive. I absolutely love the color of the first shiplap wall!

  2. Great post! I am a huge fan of painted shiplap walls but these other options are so pretty! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi, Autumn. I am glad that you love these accent wall ideas. I do love a great shiplap wall as well!

  3. Sandra Ans says:

    Very good ideas! My favorite was ”Wood Accent Wall” – it looks so natural and fresh! I love it! I hope that I will be able to change my next flat more as now!

    1. Hi Sandra! I do love that wood accent wall as well! It really adds to a home without being too much!

  4. Andrea Wiener says:

    If I could decorate a wall in my rented apt with any of these, it would be the chalkboard one. It just seems to be so cool!

    1. Hi Andrea! The chalkboard wall is so fun! Kids and adults love it! There are so many cool ways that you can use a chalkboard wall.

  5. Erin, I love all the ideas! BUT the chalkboard accent wall is probably my favorite. I bet the kids have fun drawing on that wall all the time.

    1. Hi Andrea! I am so happy that you LOVE the chalkboard wall idea. It is great way to allow kids to be creative while containing the chalky mess they may make!

  6. Access Doors and Panels says:

    Accent walls are a fabulous way to add interest, texture, design appeal, and to completely transform any room in the house without spending a fortune to remodel it. Keep up the great work! Thank you so much for sharing great posts.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I love that an accent wall can easily (and cheaply) change the feel of a room.

  7. Access Doors and Panels says:

    Kicking off this round of budget-friendly DIY accent walls is this beautiful space. The modern linear pattern is so simple and creative, I love the end result. The facts that have been discussed here are really important. Thank you so much for sharing a great post.

    1. Thanks for the kind comments. We love how simple materials and a little DIY can really help makeover your home.