Best Wall Accents

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Wall accents come in all sorts of styles, shapes, and objects. There is something for nearly every taste. Some are representative sculptures, some are abstract. Some pertain to lifestyle choices, such as sports, dance or other career choices. Wall accents can even include messages, those cool word art pieces that say things like, “Live, laugh, love” or the zany ones that start out with things like, “Family are like Underwear…” You can find accents of varying sizes. Some are large to hold down that blank wall, while others are small for little corner niches. There are so many, one will surely suit your fancy.

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Woven Texture Metal Plate Wall Decor

Woven Texture Metal Plate Wall Decor

This all-metal wall accent feels like a textured and layered collage. It features solid metal circles in brown, green and whitewash with an overlay of open metal circles . It has a D-ring built in to make it very easy to hang on the wall. Each wall accent is handmade and handpainted. This is the perfect striking wall accent for any modern home.

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Farms Window Wall Décor (Set of 2)

Farms Window Wall Décor (Set of 2)

This two-piece wall accent set was inspired by a pair of rustic windowpanes. The frames are wood from fir trees and the inset metal accents  are shaped like windows in an old English cottage or the stained glass windows of a village church. This homespun art would be right at home in a house filled with farmhouse style.

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Wood Scroll Wall Décor

Wood Scroll Wall Décor

This is an eye-catching piece of wall art. It is shaped like a window shutter with textured accents running down the middle. This piece is completely crafted from pine and is painted in shades of soft blue and brown that have been intentionally distressed. Add hinges to two of these panels and create your own showstopping cafe door.

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Goodfellow 3 Piece Rectangular Metal Wall Decor Set

Goodfellow 3 Piece Rectangular Metal Wall Decor Set

This wall accent is made of three rectangular pieces designed to be hung together. The frames are metal with a weathered wood background inset. And on each panel sits a different leaf shape in shiny gold. Accents that include items from nature, like leaves, are some of the most versatile accesories because they  play nicely with all types of home furnishing styles.

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Vase Wall Décor

Vase Wall Décor

Is this a vase or a piece of wall art? It is actually both. This accent features a round metal alloy frame with an inlay of geometric shapes. Additional accents inside the circle include two vases, a bowl and additional geometric shapes. The piece pops off the wall thanks to the red, green, brown, orange and yellow touches. This piece is at home in a contemporary setting rich with earth toned decor.

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European Medallion Wall Décor

European Medallion Wall Décor

This piece of wall art brings a touch of Old World European charm wherever it hangs. This is a metal medallion in a matte distressed finish of white and bronze with a pattern throughout that gives it an antique look. The medallion has a keyhole in the back to make it easy to hang. Consider placing this anywhere on a wall you might have been inclined to place an accent mirror - from above the entry console to over the dning room sideboard.

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3 Piece Wash, Brush, Comb Wall Décor Set

3 Piece Wash, Brush, Comb Wall Décor Set

This word wall trio brings a sense of style to any bathroom. One piece says "brush your teeth", another says "wash your hands" and the third implores you to "comb your hair". Each saying is presented in a playful and happy cursive font and is covered by glass.  Because of the orientation of the words, each wall accent has to be hung horizontally. But it is up to you to place them scattered about or all in a row. These wall accents are perfect personal care reminders in any child's bathroom.

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Dance of Desire Wall Décor

Dance of Desire Wall Décor

This stunning piece can be described more accurately as wall sculpture, not just wall art. It's an eye-catching design from artist Carlo Bronti that depicts the intertwining of the heart, body and soul. It is made of resin so that it is light enough to hang on the wall, but it is topped with a realistic faux bronze finish. This wall accent was designed specifically for those who like to make bold design choices on their walls.

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3 Piece Carved Ornate Wall Décor Set

3 Piece Carved Ornate Wall Décor Set

If you have a lot of wall space to fill and you're looking for a classic and elegant design, this three-piece panel set is what you are looking for. Reminiscient of room divider screens, the three separate panels have intricate carvings within them. The pieces are all finished in antique white with distressed spots. These wall accents are perfect for a monochramatic look against a white wall in a traditional space.

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Metal Wall Decor

Metal Wall Decor

Bring the outdoors in with this unusual piece of wall decor. This acccent is crafted from metal and features flowing tree branches with a few little birds perched among them. The branches and birds are dark brown with a few flecks of gold. There are hooks on the back to hang it and  it sits about one inch away from the wall which creates a 3-D effect in light and shadow. As you walk around this piece you will almost feel the sensation of the branches moving in the breeze.

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Best Wall Accents

Buying Guide

Wall accents are the finishing touch to your décor. Decorating your walls is a way of putting your own stamp on your interior design. You can express your personality, your sense of style, even your outlook on life.

As you can imagine, there are countless options. We will help you narrow down the choices by suggesting wall accents according to their size, the theme of the room and the function of the room. 

Wall accents are most often chosen based on the theme or style of the room. It allows you to quickly eliminate what does not work. For instance, you know right off the bat that a large abstract painting does not belong in a rustic kitchen or a Victorian-themed sitting room. So decorating by theme narrows down your choices, but you still have plenty to consider.

Antique

Whether your room is decorated with cherished family heirlooms or treasures found in shops scattered along winding country roads, it has an emotional appeal in its reverence for the past, whether or not we know the stories that the furnishings could tell.

Suggestion: A gallery wall of black & white family photos in a charming variety of frame styles and sizes. Color photos can be easily printed out in black & white, by a professional or on your computer.

Country

Country décor pays homage to nature with raw or unrefined materials, weathered finishes and earth tones. It is old-fashioned, warm and welcoming.

Suggestions: Metal flowers, prints of country life or handcrafted wood signs.

Art Deco

The Roaring Twenties were bold and flashy, daring and elegant, as represented in the artistic, lavish, colorful Art Deco décor. It is fun and extravagant, but with a nod to the venerable history of that time.

Suggestions: Bold, geometric paintings or metal sculptures that pick up the dominant color in the room or a sophisticated copper and brass geometrically designed mirror. 

Industrial

We usually find an industrial décor in an urban setting - a loft or a converted warehouse. Architectural details are exposed, such as bare bricks, timbers and steel. Furnishings are dark and heavy and often created from salvaged and recycled materials or bought second-hand.

Suggestions: Ultra-modern sculpture of a cityscape, colorful geometrical abstract, or an antique world map.

Coastal

For the home overlooking the sea or a beach cottage, walls are light or bright and often made from distressed wood. The color blue predominates, echoing the ocean waters. Lightweight curtains sway in the sea breeze. Furnishings may be nautical themed.

Suggestions: Driftwood art, whether real or manufactured; a wooden anchor or antique compass; a stained-glass mosaic turtle or other sea creature.

Bohemian

Your room is carefree organized chaos, a mixture of metal and natural materials, with beaded and whimsical accessories.

Suggestions: A Cubist print, a vertical garden or a wall-mounted chess board - that you can actually play chess on!

Asian

Can be a fusion of Asian designs or Japanese minimalist with earth tones or Chinese lavish with golds, reds and jade. It is an exotic décor regardless. It is also the easiest of the themes for choosing wall art. We all recognize Asian designs.

Suggestions: a metal sculpture of tree branches, lacy porcelain or a sunburst mirror.

It's the room that everybody in the house shares and where you entertain guests. The wall accents should reflect the interests of the residents while being welcoming. The wall above the sofa cries out for decoration! The width of the decoration should be no longer than two-thirds the length of the sofa, and it should be hung between 8-10 inches (20-25 centimeters) above the sofa.

Metal sculpture circles are stylish and the more intriguing the more you look at them. They come in many styles, lengths and widths, so you can find one that is perfect for your décor. You might want to try an irregular arrangement of glass bowls and plates in colors that pick up those used throughout the room.

Your dining room may be the least-used room in your house if you save it for special occasions. Why not decorate the walls in ways that will encourage the family and/or guests to visit it more often?

Firstly, hang a beautiful chandelier that will beguilingly reflect candlelight. Then make an arrangement of wall-mounted candle holders with flameless candles in varying heights and thicknesses. You may also add mirrors that will add glamour and make the candlelight and the chandelier light play with each other.

Your bedroom should be your space. Choose wall art that you love and that excite and/or inspire you. That will be soft colors for some, bright colors for others. The general rule of thumb is, however, that bedroom decor should promote relaxation, so using disturbing wall accents that may negatively impact your subconscious mind or glaring colors that may stir your emotions is advised against.

Over the bed is the usual spot for wall accents, such as a large painting in "your" colors of a meaningful subject or an abstract that enthralls you. Make sure the painting is not wider than the bed and is roughly one-quarter of the distance between the highest part of the headboard and the ceiling.

You may also want to highlight another item of furniture, perhaps a dresser or nightstand. Place an eye-catching wall accent over it, such as a resin sculpture finished in faux bronze that represents the intertwining of hearts, bodies and minds.

For greeting your guests dramatically, place a large painting or decorative element right where they see it first. If you have a large space available, a three-piece panel, somewhat like a small divider screen, with intricate carvings will draw the eyes and stun with its subtle beauty.

For a quieter introduction to your home but a very personal one, you might hang embroidery hoops of different sizes with fabric of complementary colors and patterns.

Size really does matter when you are choosing wall accents. You need to know the measurements of the space and how to use the various sizes to their best advantage.

Oversized

An oversized accent is at least 40 inches (100 centimeters) long and acts as a focal point in the room. It draws attention as soon as someone enters the room, and so must be used wisely. Make sure the wall, and the room, is large enough to handle it and the rest of your room decor is kept to a minimum.

Suggestions: Wall tapestry or exotic doors.

Large

A large accent measures from 33 to 40 inches (84 to 100 centimeters) and are often used as a centerpiece with small or mini items on each side. Hang above furniture, such as a sofa, but to give it its due, let it stand alone.

Suggestions: Metal wall art with an Asian influence, with or without corresponding (but not matching) side accents.

Medium

A medium-sized wall accent measures 25-32 inches (64-80 centimeters) and can stand alone on smaller walls, but works best when as a focal point of a gallery wall or when in groups of two, maybe three. Stylish when hung at the far end of sofa or arranged in line with the middle of a headboard.

Suggestions: A European medallion that brings Old World charm or stylized representations of your favorite animal in burnished wood - cats are especially sleek.

Small

A small accent measures 18-24 inches (46-60 centimeters) and is ideally hung in multiples of three to six (for some reason, the human eye likes odd numbers). Use on smaller walls, above shelving or in a hallway.

Suggestions: Metal scrolls in distressed wooden frames with a Gothic charm or a variety of found objects (shells, leaves, stones) in shadowbox frames.

Size really does matter when you are choosing wall accents. You need to know the measurements of the space and how to use the various sizes to their best advantage.

Oversized

An oversized accent is at least 40 inches (100 centimeters) long and acts as a focal point in the room. It draws attention as soon as someone enters the room, and so must be used wisely. Make sure the wall, and the room, is large enough to handle it and the rest of your room decor is kept to a minimum.

Suggestions: Wall tapestry or exotic doors.

Large

A large accent measures from 33 to 40 inches (84 to 100 centimeters) and are often used as a centerpiece with small or mini items on each side. Hang above furniture, such as a sofa, but to give it its due, let it stand alone.

Suggestions: Metal wall art with an Asian influence, with or without corresponding (but not matching) side accents.

Medium

A medium-sized wall accent measures 25-32 inches (64-80 centimeters) and can stand alone on smaller walls, but works best when as a focal point of a gallery wall or when in groups of two, maybe three. Stylish when hung at the far end of sofa or arranged in line with the middle of a headboard.

Suggestions: A European medallion that brings Old World charm or stylized representations of your favorite animal in burnished wood - cats are especially sleek.

Small

A small accent measures 18-24 inches (46-60 centimeters) and is ideally hung in multiples of three to six (for some reason, the human eye likes odd numbers). Use on smaller walls, above shelving or in a hallway.

Suggestions: Metal scrolls in distressed wooden frames with a Gothic charm or a variety of found objects (shells, leaves, stones) in shadowbox frames.

Mini

A mini measures 10-17 inches (25-42 centimeters) and works well in clusters or alone in a small personal space, such as a bathroom or home office.

Suggestions: Framed family photos, self-adhesive 3D transparent plastic butterflies or musical notes.