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15 DIY Painted Patterns for Accent Walls

From chevron to geometric patterns, there are different paint designs that are a great way to add character to your living space. With a little hard work, you will be able to create one of these DIY painted patterns on your next accent wall.

ombre hexagon painted wall, hand holding chalk on chalkboard wall and gray accent wall.

How To Find The Perfect Wall Pattern

Asking yourself the following questions may help you decide on a focal wall idea. Don’t worry, #10 may be our new favorite. We do love an industrial yet modern look.

  • Do you like a more traditional style?
  • Are you going for more organic?
  • What room is this accent wall going to go in?
  • Do you want bold color, bright color, or a more subtle one?
  • Do you want to hand paint the wall? Or use painter’s tape to help guide you?
  • Would you prefer to draw your wall?
  • Do you like geometric patterns?

Feature Wall Ideas You Can Create With Painter’s Tape

  • Geometric Designs: They can be all the same shape or a variety of shapes.
  • Chalkboard Wall Designs: Tape out basic frame shapes and paint with chalkboard paint in a playroom.
  • Herringbone Design
  • Chevron Design
  • Horizontal Stripes
  • Vertical Stripes
  • Buffalo Check Pattern
  • Plaid Pattern
  • Color Blocking
  • Faux Concrete
  • Organic Shapes
  • Mountain Murals

DIY Accent Wall Paint Pattern Ideas

From hand-brushed designs to ombré walls painted accent walls are an awesome way to add personality to your space.

Follow our Pinterest Board on DIY Accent Walls for more inspiration.

Accent Wall FAQs

Where can you put accent walls?

Any place that you don’t like staring at boring walls. Smaller spaces can benefit from adding a pop color while keeping a light and airy color on the other walls.
Interior designers love painting an entire wall in a home office, kitchen, living room, primary bedroom or formal dining room. It is an easy way to make a bold statement with an accent color and pattern.

Need More Great Accent Wall Ideas?

You don’t have to always paint accent walls. Sometimes creative gallery wall ideas are all that is needed. We have a list of other cheap DIY accent walls on our site to see other architectural features, brick walls, wood panels and more.

We also have looked for more accent wall ideas in this House Beautiful gallery.

Follow us on Pinterest, Youtube or Facebook for more DIY inspiration!

Our number 1 tip is to not be scared of making a mistake. Luckily we are only talking about paint here. Any mistake or imperfection can easily be touched up. We just love how painted patterns can be the focal point of your DIY home decor!

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Tuesday 5th of March 2019

I love this! We had a striped accent wall in our bedroom in our last house and I've been considering doing something in this house too. This is beautiful.


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Hi Emily! Thanks for visiting the DIY Nuts site and for the kind words! Let me know if you have any questions about how to create these designs.

Lydia from Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Both of those walls turned out great! I really like the herringbone wall and thing I could manage it on this really short wall in my craft I just have to pick out colors!


Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Hi Lydia! Thanks for visiting The DIY Nuts site. Good luck picking colors. I sometimes think that is the hardest part!


Monday 4th of March 2019

I love this accent wall! It came out beautiful! I love the colors you chose. What a lucky girl your daughter is!


Monday 4th of March 2019

Hi Lynne! Thank you for visiting The DIY Nuts site and for the kind words.


Monday 4th of March 2019

Erin, both your accent walls turned out so fab! Right now we are living in a rented apartment that has popcorn wall of all things (oh noooo!) But one day I'll be able to paint a wonderful accent wall like you did. Pinning it to find it once I need it.

Leslie Susan Clingan

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

Absolutely smashing!!! I cannot wrap my head around how seemingly complicated this looks but it turned out fabulously. Love the colors you chose. What a lovely accent!! Lucky daughter.


Saturday 2nd of March 2019

Hi Leslie! Thank you for the kind words and for visiting our site!

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