5 Creative NO PAINT Accent Walls

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Accent walls can be a great way to break up a room and draw attention to specific areas of your home, but just changing the paint colour of one wall in a room has been done and done again. So if you prefer not to paint, or don’t have the option to do so, what else can you do to create an accent wall that’s, well, creative? Here are five ideas for creative accent walls to get you started.

The uniform display of this awesome rainbow record collection makes the whole thing feel like one large art installation
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1) Display a Collection

If you’re looking for an easy way to create an accent wall, look no further than your own interests. If you have a special collection, putting it on display in a large scale wall arrangement can create a focal point for your room that is unique and beautiful. There are so many hanging solutions out there on which almost any collection can be displayed, and if you can’t hang the item directly, uniform rows of shelving are a nice way to make the collection look organised and cohesive.
Vinyl graphics frame out the furniture and add visual interest to an otherwise bare wall in this space. (Image: AD Aesth
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Vinyl graphics frame out the furniture and add visual interest to an otherwise bare wall in this space. (Image: AD Aesth

2) Decorate with Vinyl Graphics

Vinyl wall graphics are a fantastic solution for renters or those looking to create a focal point in a room without damaging the walls. They’re easy to apply, come in any design you can imagine, and remove cleanly when you’re ready for a change.
Dramatic wallpaper takes this tiny bathroom from boring to bold. (Image: AD Aesthetic)
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Dramatic wallpaper takes this tiny bathroom from boring to bold. (Image: AD Aesthetic)

3) Go Bold with Wallpaper

Wallpaper is no longer a thing of the past and can be a bold way to create an accent wall in any space. The pattern options are endless, allowing you to select a design that fits your style and adds beauty to existing decor. There are even many removable wallpaper options that are meant to be temporary, so they'll come down more easily when you're ready for a change.

Installing shiplap all the way to the ceiling ensures this wall is not overlooked. (Image: AD Aesthetic via @TheGermanCo
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Installing shiplap all the way to the ceiling ensures this wall is not overlooked. (Image: AD Aesthetic via @TheGermanCo

4) Install DIY Shiplap

Shiplap is huge right now, and probably not going away anytime soon. If you’re a fan of this look, creating your own shiplap-inspired accent wall isn’t as difficult as it may first seem, especially if you have the assistance of a friend and a nail gun. It’s a great way to make a more subtle accent wall, and incorporate a ton of texture into your space at the same time.
This large blank wall was transformed into an accent wall that is as functional as it is beautiful. (Image: AD Aesthetic
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This large blank wall was transformed into an accent wall that is as functional as it is beautiful. (Image: AD Aesthetic

5) Build in storage

An accent wall doesn’t have to be just for looks. If your home is lacking storage, try creating a wall of shelving. Simple boards and brackets can easily turn into sleek shelving to add function and beauty to a room.
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