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Modern Accent Wall Ideas

Modern accent walls are an easy way to give your space a focal point as well as to create some visual interest. The big difference between contemporary design and 25 years ago is that you don't have to use paint to create your feature wall.

For instance, a modern accent wall can use bold geometric patterns in unexpected colors across an entire wall using stencils. A giant chalkboard wall makes a cool modern design feature anywhere from the kitchen to a child's bedroom or home office. If you love artwork and prints, you can create a gallery wall that perfectly showcases your favorite interests, people, and hobbies in one place.

Read through to see the collection of ideas our design experts have put together as they answer important questions, such as what wall you should choose and how much it costs to design a modern accent wall.

Incorporate Geometric Patterns

Incorporate Geometric Patterns
Credits: Accent Wall

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Huxe Editta Accent Chair

Incorporate Geometric Patterns

Pedestal 1 Single Coffee Table Metal and Glass Statement Cocktail Table - 30L x 30W x 14H / Gray

Incorporate Geometric Patterns

Established & Sons Torch Light T1 hanging light - Black

Incorporate Geometric Patterns

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors
Credits: Bethany Nauert

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Four Hands Evie Swivel Chair

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Coaster Home Furnishings Moody White Wood 36 in. W Sideboard with Carved-Door Antique, Antique White

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Umbra Hub Bevy Spiegel  61 cm - Koper

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Suspension Bambou Bamboo S

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Pretty in Pink Guest Napkins

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

HKliving-collectie Lampenvoet kegel S mat groen

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Circus by Sam Edelman Neena Sneaker in Pineapple Yellow/Bright Jade at Nordstrom, Size 11

Choose Bold, Contrasting Colors

Utilize Textured Materials

Utilize Textured Materials
Credits: Carina Romano

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Casablanca CSB951 Hand Tufted Area Rug - Navy/Ivory - 2'3" X 8' - Safavieh

Utilize Textured Materials

MPG Orb 60-Watt 1-Light Ivory Hanging Lantern Pendant-Light with Round Fabric Shade and White Plug-in

Utilize Textured Materials

GreatBigCanvas Tree / 109 by Laura Nugent Canvas Wall Art, Multi-Color

Utilize Textured Materials

Puff Confortavel de Luxo Tecido Linho

Utilize Textured Materials

30.5" Decorative Pillowtop Ottoman Distressed Tan Faux Leather - WOVENBYRD

Utilize Textured Materials

Set of 3 Modern Iron Drum Planters with Stand White/Black - Olivia & May

Utilize Textured Materials

Darlarna Horse - Finish: Natural; Size: Small

Utilize Textured Materials

Kit 4 Mini Quadros Beba Uma Cerveja Preto

Utilize Textured Materials

Experiment with Ombre Effects

Experiment with Ombre Effects
Credits: Paul Graves

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FEST Huf 3-seat Sofa - Curved / Royal Magnolia - 160

Experiment with Ombre Effects

Modern Two Seated Designed Creative Leather Sofa

Experiment with Ombre Effects

Papier peint boiseries Haussmann - Beige

Experiment with Ombre Effects

42" Wedeln 2 Drawer Mid-Century Modern Desk White Finish Wood - Powell

Experiment with Ombre Effects

Foscarini - Chapeaux V Tischleuchte - warm white

Experiment with Ombre Effects

Highlight Architectural Features

Highlight Architectural Features
Credits: The Makerista

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Forever Leaf 28" Artificial Fiddle Fig Leaf Plant in Black Pot, Indoor Artificial Plant for Home Decor

Highlight Architectural Features

Beistelltisch Svelvik

Highlight Architectural Features

Original Abstract Monochrome Paintings On Canvas Black and White Artwork Modern Custom Oil Painting Gray and Black Wall Decor | GRAY BLIZZARD 26x26 - 26x26 | 66x66 cm / Stretched + Silver Frame

Highlight Architectural Features

Roupeiro de Ao 3 Vos 12 Portas com Pito Pandin

Highlight Architectural Features

31.5" HARMAN Round Artificial Marble Coffee Table with Pedestal White Base -The Pop Maison

Highlight Architectural Features

The Queen's Treasures 18 In Doll Fully Wooden Kitchen Table And Two Chairs

Highlight Architectural Features

Moroccan Leather Pouf, Pouf Chair Home Decor, Ottoman Pouf White With White Stitching, Handwoven Leather Pouf, Bedroom Chair Pouf

Highlight Architectural Features

Quadro Cartaz Vintage New York 24x18cm - com vidro:Madeira branca

Highlight Architectural Features

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Incorporate Vertical Lines
Credits: Asian Paints

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The Occasional Chair - Dark Blush Pink

Incorporate Vertical Lines

ZNTS Bookcase 5-Tier Grey Sonoma 76x32x158 cm Engineered Wood 833943

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Vitrine 2 Portes Ismne

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Tinser Console Table Wood Natural/Black Vida & Co.

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Summer Satin Fleece Blanket with Silk Sateen Border (Wood Rose - Twin), Pink

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Poppy Tripod Floor Lamp - Natural

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Manhattan Console 1000L - Weathered Oak

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Luxe Faux Fur Gordon Gradient Gray 2 ft. x 3 ft. Faux Sheepskin Indoor Rug

Incorporate Vertical Lines

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art
Credits: Peter Estersohn

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Multicolored Pattern Mural Decal Modern Artistic Non-Woven Material Wall Covering - 58 x 38 / Green / Design 4

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Live Edge Walnut Dining Table

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

White Pair

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Natural Edge Modern Dining Table, Black Walnut, Wooden Dining Table, Kitchen Dining Table Solid Wood Coffee Table

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Sputnik Chandelier Light Fixture Ball Glass Living Room Pendant Lighting in Gold - 8-Light / Gold / Milk White

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Grande lampe en cramique des annes 80's kostka

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Smaller Bamboozle table lamp in antique brass

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Scalamandre Maison by Port 68 Pavillion Indigo Lamp, 35"H

Opt for Bold, Abstract Art

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth
Credits: Lattoog

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Industrial Brown Rectangle Shape Dining Table Solid Wood Standard Dining Table for Kitchen - 55.1L x 27.6W x 29.5H / Without Chairs

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Irregular Large Mirror, Asymmetrical Mirror, Wavy Wall Mirror, Aesthetic Mirror Wall Decor, Mirror Home Decor, Wall Mirror, Vanity Mirror

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Shift White and Durmast Sideboard by Foster + Partners

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Flash Furniture Harken Collection Geometric 5' x 5' Black and Gray Round Olefin Area Rug with Jute Backing, Living Room, Bedroom

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Espelho Orgnico M 43x68cm BW Quadros

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Round Black Tinted Frameless Orbis Mirror - 60cm

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Asymmetrical blob Irregular Wall Mirror Abstract Home Decor Aesthetic Mirror Wall Decor Modern Mirror with Black board mirror

Use Mirrors for Visual Depth

Install a Gallery Wall
Credits: Brooke Holm

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Ranger Rugs Indigo Colour

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Jenny Round Chair, Round Wood Legs, Billiard Cloth, Mallard/Dark Walnut

Install a Gallery Wall

Mountson Floor Stand for Sonos Era 100 - Each (Black)

Install a Gallery Wall

Ramiro Quilted Dining Chair Fabric Laforma grey Vida & Co.

Install a Gallery Wall

Mesa de resina INFANTIL RITA AZUL

Install a Gallery Wall

Monarch Specialties I 7951P White & Silver Metal Table Set - 3 Piece

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Valentine #9 Fine Art Print - 11x14 Giclee Print

Install a Gallery Wall

Mesa de Centro Redonda Branca Classica G

Install a Gallery Wall

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden
Credits: Janae Hardy

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Genuine Brazilian Cowhide Rug, Black Salt & Pepper Hair On Hide Rug Culture

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Manhattan Comfort ArchDuke Black and Amber Accent Arm Chair

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Maxim Lighting Rome 10-Light Satin Brass Chandelier

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Gunar Pro Low Back Office Chair With Armrests Blue

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Macrame Plant Hanger Indoor Hanging Planter Shelf Decorative Flower Pot Holder

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Time Concept Macrame Plant Hanger Flower Pot Hanging Baskets Holder Set Of 4

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Mina Victory Life Styles Ivory Chevron Textured Bohemian Cotton 20 in. x 20 in. Pillow

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

1 pea tecido plantar moderno polister Cesta de plantador pendurado para casa Decorao

Add Greenery with a Vertical Garden

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Experiment with Metallic Accents
Credits: Luis Ridao Photos

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Eichholtz Summit Chandelier - Stainless Steel

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Ensemble de 6 chaises Peter Hvidt et Orla Molgaard Nielsen modle 316

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Midcentury T21 Fire Chairs by Korup, Set of 4

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Midcentury T21 Fire Chairs by Korup, Set of 2

Experiment with Metallic Accents

1stdibs Dining Room Chair - Italy Italian Mid-Century Modern Wood, Velvet

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Zoro Select 692-10009 Gasket,3 In,bevel Seat,ptfe

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Mesa Alta de Bar Redonda en Gres (60 cm) Manhattan Negro Oro champagne -  SKLUM

Experiment with Metallic Accents

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall
Credits: Bethany Nauert

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6'7"x9'6" Baja Beacon Area Rug Yellow - Momeni

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Enfilade Art Dco revisite

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Commode avec 8 tiroirs en bois ancien bleu

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Bungalow Rose Clovis End Table Wood in Brown/Green/White, Size 17.0 H x 18.0 W x 18.0 D in | Wayfair

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

HomeRoots Victoria Vibrant Flowers by Unknown Wooden Wall Art (Set of 2), Woodtoned

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Original White Ottoman moroccan  leather Pouf,ottoman Moroccan pouf, Berber pouf, ottoman pouf, Pouffe Footstool ,leather pouf,50% OFF.

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Haver 15x15 cm aquarel

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Nordic Style Bowl Hanging Light with Adjustable 1 Light Metal Hanging Light for Office Study Room - White

Introduce a Chalkboard Wall

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Create a Mural or Wall Painting
Credits: Lotus Wallpaper

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Icon Living - Fauteuil - Milly - Velours - Groen

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Benjara Modern Burnt Orange and Black Fabric and Metal Curved Back and Angled Metal Legs Arm Chair

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Beige Marble Wallpaper, 079 | Grunge Murals

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Portobellostreet - Mesa de centro mrmol Baha

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

eLuxury Metal Arm Accent Chair, Brown Velvet

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Polish Potion

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Vase En Verre Recycl H 18 Cm Scandic

Create a Mural or Wall Painting

Opt for Wallpaper with Textured Prints

Opt for Wallpaper with Textured Prints
Credits: Costa Cover

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Modern Gold 65 in Aluminum Full-Length Mirror for Living Room - 65"x22"

Opt for Wallpaper with Textured Prints

The Company Store Tie Dye Gray Cotton Summer Throw Blanket

Opt for Wallpaper with Textured Prints

SULLIVANS 15.5" and 13" Brown Fabric Boho Basket With Macrame Layer (Set of 2)

Opt for Wallpaper with Textured Prints

Mid Century 1970s West Germany vase in beige and grey tones, 30 cm high, great vintage vase

Opt for Wallpaper with Textured Prints

Install Floating Shelves

Install Floating Shelves
Credits: Bethany Nauert

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nuLOOM Teisha Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Patio Area Rug, 6' 7" x 9', Beige

Install Floating Shelves

SARO 2433.M1672B Woven Windowpane & Tassel Design Cotton Table Runner  Multi Color

Install Floating Shelves

Rise & Shine Pendant - Rust Patina

Install Floating Shelves

Arlo American Oak Bench Seat | Various Sizes - 2.2m

Install Floating Shelves

Track Dining Table, Seats 6-8 People, Oak

Install Floating Shelves

Cherry Floating Shelf - 12 / 72 Inches

Install Floating Shelves

Contemporary Glass Wall Lighting 1-Light Circle Sconce Light for Bedroom - White

Install Floating Shelves

Vintage earthenware jug with yellow varnished

Install Floating Shelves

Use Reclaimed Wood

Use Reclaimed Wood
Credits: Julia Robbs

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BoConcept Hampton corner sofa with adjustable back and storage on right side, dark gray fabric/metal

Use Reclaimed Wood

Metal eetkamerstoel wit - chroom onderstel

Use Reclaimed Wood

Inmod Molded Plastic Eiffel Side Chair (Set of 2)

Use Reclaimed Wood

Matern Coffee Table MDF Natural/Charcoal Iniko

Use Reclaimed Wood

"Giant Elephant Ear ''Colocasia gigantea\" Beautiful Tropical Plant indoors or outdoors- Live Plant"

Use Reclaimed Wood

Spoonflower Lumbar Throw Pillows - Yellow Swirls Orange Modern Paisley Decor Coral Florals

Use Reclaimed Wood

Fritz Fryer Ledbury bathroom pendant - Medium - clear, Nickel  - Bathroom Lighting Clear Designer Pendant Lighting

Use Reclaimed Wood

SET OF 3 White Ceramic Planters, Wall Mountable Vase, Hanging Succulent Pots, Decorative Ceramic Flower Planters, Wall Planters

Use Reclaimed Wood

Integrate a Fabric Panel

Integrate a Fabric Panel
Credits: Wood Products Art Shop

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Nourison Home PRS14 Rug - Color: Gray, Slate; Size: 5'6" x 7'5"

Integrate a Fabric Panel

ALAN MIZRAHI LIGHTING Organic Light Bronze Pendant Bijout Teardrop Chandelier in Black / Yellow, Size 41" H x 42" W x 12" D | Wayfair

Integrate a Fabric Panel

Decovio 16251-b Swatara Brown Curtain Panel, 2-piece Set

Integrate a Fabric Panel

Nordic LED Pendant Light Indoor Lighting Hanging Lamp For Bedroom Bedside Living Room Stair Home Decoration Dining Tables Light - Black 1 head / 40 cm / Warm light

Integrate a Fabric Panel

gordijnstof amsterdam verduisterend naturel

Integrate a Fabric Panel

Room & Board | Modern Stratford Ottoman in Mist Natural White - Stain-Resistant Fabric 44w 30d 15h

Integrate a Fabric Panel

Experiment with Stencils

Experiment with Stencils
Credits: Royal Design Studio

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Ecksofa GAILLON mit Longchair

Experiment with Stencils

32" Black Glass Square Coffee Table With Shelf

Experiment with Stencils

Dessus de plat en terre de fer motif oiseau

Experiment with Stencils

Hazel Hemp Pillow

Experiment with Stencils

PiccoCasa Throw Pillow Cover Lattice Pattern Decors Pillowcase with Zipper Closure Yellow 18" x 18"

Experiment with Stencils

Black Faux Leather Extra Long Lumbar Pillow Case - 14x36

Experiment with Stencils

Kate and Laurel Sylvie "Modern Meeting Forms No 1" by Statement Goods Framed Canvas Wall Art, Gray

Experiment with Stencils

Crosley Deer Park AC1006A-BK Wood Vinyl Record Frame - Black

Experiment with Stencils

Combine Multiple Techniques

Combine Multiple Techniques
Credits: Sapphire Pear

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U SHAPED 8'' THICK velvet Dark pink color Sofa living room Oriental Floor Seating Turkish home decor Cushion Rug Moroccan couch  furniture

Combine Multiple Techniques

Table 1980 ornementee de 4 boules en marbre metal brut plateau en verre

Combine Multiple Techniques

Housse De Coussin Caith

Combine Multiple Techniques

SPYRE Pendant - Metallic Matte Bronze

Combine Multiple Techniques

Pintura colorida abstracta original grande sobre lienzo Arte figurativo abstracto Pintura al leo con textura Expresionista Arte de personas Pintura hecha a mano | CROWD - Pintura colorida abstracta original grande sobre

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Borelli Luigi XVI Armchair

Combine Multiple Techniques

Housse De Coussin Velours Tana

Combine Multiple Techniques

1stdibs Armchair - Gothic Revival Leopard Arm Side English Victorian Upholstery, Mahogany

Combine Multiple Techniques

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