My Favorite DIY Accent Walls You Need to Try

Accent walls have the ability to dramatically alter rooms without breaking the bank. In fact, some of my favorite DIY accent walls use simple, affordable materials, and yet they transform a space in a major way! Today I’m sharing a few of my Instagram favorites, most of which were completed by some pretty talented ladies and their spouses. I hope you’ll be inspired to perhaps create a feature wall of your own!

Geometric Paneled Wall

Geometric accent walls are one of my favorites because of their versatility. You can literally customize these walls to any shape, size, and pattern you fancy. This particular wall was a DIY project by Corey and Kyle @revealmydiy, a dynamic husband and wife duo! They’ve completed so many crazy good projects and take you along for the ride in stories over on Instagram. This particular geometric wall pattern can be intimidating. However, with patience, and proper planning, it’s totally achievable!

Black wall
Geometric Paneled Wall – Behr Cracked Pepper

Corey and Kyle selected a primed joint lattice moulding for this project which was a smart choice because it made painting easier. They also opted to paint the wall space and moulding separately prior to installation. Would you believe this DIY accent wall cost them less than $75 to create?! The entire process is saved in their Instagram story highlight “Accent Wall.” Let’s also take a moment to soak up the beautiful details in their game room/lounge! Their strategic styling of this space only helps to further showcase the beauty of this DIY accent wall.

Slat Accent Wall

Is this photo a scroll stopper or what?! My eyes are instantly drawn to that vertical paneled wall and all its gorgeous details! Maija @mai_happy_home did a phenomenal job with this project. She chose primed pine boards, cut them into 2″ strips, and spaced 2″ apart across the wall. The boards coming from the ceiling are 4′ tall, while the ones coming from the baseboard are 6′ tall.

Green wood slat wall
Slat Paneled Wall – Behr Night Mission

This striking DIY accent wall was the reason I started following Maija on Instagram! I mean, after seeing this, how could I not?! The styling of this space is also top-notch, as in magazine-worthy! The textures and colors in this room, all work together to create a beautifully balanced space! Want to recreate this stunner? Maija estimated her material project budget at $175. Check out her Instagram story highlight “Wall” for more tips and tricks from this rockstar DIYer.

Board and Batten Wall – 1

If you’ve never heard of Sarah, then you have now and you won’t soon forget her! She’s one of the most fearless DIYers I know and although this wasn’t always the case, it sure is now. Her Instagram feed is filled with her DIY handiwork ranging from artwork to furniture to accent walls. Speaking of accent walls, say hello to her moody board and batten wall! Sarah shared her step-by-step process of this wall installation on Instagram and saved it to her story highlight “Board and Batten.”

Black accent wall
Board and Batten Wall – Sico Volcanic Rocks

She used primed MDF boards, starting with the vertical pieces across the wall, followed by the short horizontal pieces in between. Sarah elevated and modernized this classic board and batten style by painting the entire wall Volcanic Rocks by Sico. She was able to complete this DIY accent wall for about $100. Her moody bedroom was one of the inspirations behind our own moody vertical shiplap accent wall.

Board and Batten Wall -2

Basic board and batten? I think not! Kim @xomyhome took this classic pattern and turned it on its head in more ways than one! I love the taller boxes she created and don’t get me started on this insanely fresh, green paint color.

Green accent wall
Board and Batten Wall – Benjamin More Cushion Green

It’s incredible what you can accomplish with 2″ primed MDF boards and some rad paint. Needless to say, Kim gained me as a follower with this wall but kept me because of her candidness and super relatable personality. Her strategic, minimal design of this room ensures that your eyes will consistently gravitate towards this scroll stopper accent wall. I’m here for the modern, boho feels of this space!

Horizontal Shiplap Accent Wall

There’s something about the clean lines of shiplap that gets me every time! My friend and fellow home blogger Liz @lizzydesigns_ was so clever to add horizontal shiplap in this half bathroom. With limited space available and a desire to add character, I think this was a perfect choice!

White horizontal shiplap wall
Horizontal Shiplap Wall

The shiplap DIY accent wall added more texture and interest to this space, not to mention the use of white to create a sense of spaciousness. A small space update such as a half bathroom is a great way to gain confidence in shiplap installation. For more details on the complete half bath renovation, check out her blog post.

Vertical Shiplap Accent Wall

I have wanted a shiplap wall for as long as I could remember. This was actually our second DIY project and it’s still one of my favorites in our home! Shiplap can easily exude farmhouse vibes. However, to create a more modern look and feel, we simply went the vertical route and also painted them a dark, moody color!

Black vertical shiplap accent wall
Vertical Shiplap Wall – Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

I styled our little loft nook with a couple of brass decor pieces because of their striking contrast against the dark background. I really wanted this wall to have its moment and the minimal decor allowed me to achieve that. For all the details on this $150 project, check out our blog post.

Vertical and Horizontal Shiplap Wall

There’s no better example of the beautiful execution of vertical and horizontal shiplap than in the home of Jenny @dabblingindecorating! She and her hubby did a phenomenal job, not only on this fireplace but also on the adjacent wall. She has all the details, including tips and tricks saved in her Instagram story highlight “Fireplace Makeover.”

White horizontal and vertical shiplap  wall
Vertical and Horizontal Shiplap Wall

The mixed layout of this DIY accent wall adds a lot of dimension. It goes a long way in creating that modern farmhouse or coastal-style home, especially with the white color choice. The added brown textures are my favorite decor features of this space! If a calming, modern, coastal design is your style, then Jenny is your girl!

Color Block Accent Wall – 1

Color block accent walls are so fun and can be so darn affordable depending on your paint selections and design. Think about this, if you only used the extra paint you have laying around, you could have yourself a zero-dollar project update! Projects such as these allow your creativity to soar because the sky’s the limit.

black, white and brown accent wall

A geometric design such as this can be time-consuming. Personally, it was definitely worth all the taping, painting, and drying cycles we went through! Hubby created a design inspired by a decal we found on Pinterest, and we used paint sample sizes which allowed us to complete this job for about $20! This was by far, the quickest and cheapest way we could have transformed this basic, white wall. For step-by-step details on our process, including the paint colors we used, check out our blog post.

Color Block Accent Wall – 2

Melanie and Kirsten @ourdesertdigs are friends who share one Instagram account filled with all their great DIY projects and home decor. How sweet of Kirsten to create this cool and fun wall feature for her daughter?! The floral colors are so perfect and cost her less than $100!

How did she create the straightest of lines you ask? Well, as a fellow Arizonan living in a home with textured walls, she applied a thin layer of paintable caulk, along the taped edge to prevent bleeding. Such a valuable tip to remember and try out for yourselves. Her paint colors and entire project process can be found in their Instagram story highlight “Color Block.”

Was this DIY accent wall round-up as good for you as it was for me?! I don’t know about you, my friends, but Hubby’s project list just grew a bit longer! I hope you found some inspiration in this post. Remember, whether you’re living in a new build or an older fixer-upper, you can still customize your home so it truly reflects you and your design style. I’m curious, has any of you already created one of these accent walls? Would you attempt any of these? Comment below and let me know! Until next time friends!

Aminah Chung


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