Using Accent Walls to Create a High-Impact Yet Simple Decor
The Ideal of Simple Decor
In my quest for an easy-to-maintain, uncluttered home, I have carefully reconsidered my home decorating. Instead of crowded walls and table tops, I opted for a clean and open look. I think of it as “simple decor.”
This required me to do some redecorating (or more like decorating for the first time).
I’d say my family is fairly “fun” and “lively.” So I want our home to reflect that. We like color and beauty and… pizzazz. So for us, “simple decor” doesn’t mean “bland or no decor.”
And “simple decor” is something I’m still working to realize and put into practice.
However, if there is one area of my home where I feel I’ve achieved this look, it’s my entryway! What better way to make a home welcoming than to creating a visually appealing entryway?
Few people walk through our doors without commenting on and admiring it, yet there is no sense of clutter and very little furniture or decoration.
What did we do?
We wallpapered an accent wall!
Accenting with Wallpaper
Here’s How We Did It:
- We went to Sherwin Williams Paint Store and looked through their library of wallpaper books until finding a cute, modern Candice Olson design.
- We ordered it online.
- We followed the instructions to install it, which included buying wallpaper glue at Lowe’s.
- We wallpapered one small wall, directly across from the front door, for about $120 and with only an hour or two of time invested.
The result is fun and eye-catching. It adds the pizzazz I had hoped for without adding furniture, knick-knacks or virtually any maintenance. And don’t worry, wallpaper is cool again. It’s made a comeback with some great, modern-looking designs.
So if you’re looking for a simple way to dress up a room, consider wallpapering an accent wall!
Other Accent Wall Ideas
A fun punch of paint is another high-impact way to add some flair. I used this concept in both of my kids’ rooms and our office/dining room area. It’s simple, cheap, and goes a long way in terms of color.
We also use this idea with shelving. There are some open shelves in my kitchen behind which I pasted a patterned fabric using cornstarch and water. It is definitely my favorite decorative element in my kitchen.
So, some may say I’m a little obsessed with accent walls, but I think they’re actually great enough to deserve all this use!