How to Choose the Perfect Accent Wallpaper

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WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on May 22, 2016

After years of steaming and scraping and painting wallpaper out of our homes, we’re finally embracing this versatile design element. Welcome back, wallpaper! One of our favorite trends for designing with wallpaper is to use it as an accent wall. It’s a great way to add flair, style and a unifying focal point to a room.

Choosing the right wallpaper for your accent wall doesn’t have to be tricky. You just need to know what you’re trying to achieve. From making your space feel brighter, warmer, bigger or more cohesive, we’re ready to help you find the perfect wallpaper for your space.

How To Choose Your Accent Wallpaper

Think About Color

When choosing an accent wallpaper: 1.) think about color, 2.) think about color, 3.) think about color.

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Since this is an accent wall, don’t be afraid to go bold. Choose a brightly colored wallpaper to make a statement and add flair to your space. Soft colors make a space feel tranquil and relaxing while colors such as red, yellow or orange, actually make people feel warmer.

Choose The Right Style

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{High Gate House}

It is important to decide how you want your space to feel, the style you are most drawn too. For a more formal space, choose a large scale pattern with deep, rich colors as your accent wall. For a bright, more exciting and fun space, choose a small pattern that is open and evenly spaced.

Play With Light

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To brighten up a dark space, choose wallpaper that will reflect light. These include patterns with light colors and those with metallic or iridescent inks. To create an intimate space, choose a wallpaper that is darker, which will absorb light and make the room appear smaller.

Hide Flaws With Texture

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{Laura’s Interiors}

Some walls show indentations, foundation settling and other flaws that are common in homes. Choose a textured wallpaper to hide these flaws and change the feel of your space. Tactile wallpapers such as grass, silk, or string cloth can bring warmth to a space, while other papers can mimic wood, marble etc.

Pick The Right Scale


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Large scale patterns tend to make spaces look more intimate and smaller. While small patterns create an open and airy look. To open up your living room, choose a light polka dot, or small floral. A large pattern can create depth and dimension on flat walls.

Don't Be Afraid Of Pattern

Don't be afraid to design boldly when it comes to accenting with wallpaper!

{My Domaine}

Accent walls are bold, funky, and a way to add your personality to a space. Use bright florals, bold plaids, or a number of different patterns that reflect who you are. Use a deep contrast like black and white. If it’s only one accent wall, you can go as bold as you want! Bring on the fun.


Whether you choose a wallpaper with a strong pattern, bold color, or realistic texture, all will make a statement in your space. Wallpaper is the perfect way to create an accent wall while giving you the opportunity to cover any existing flaws on your walls. Add your personality to your space by following these steps mentioned above to choose the right wallpaper for you. If the idea still makes you nervous, head to Havenly to get a designers opinion!

Chelsea S.
These wallpaper decorating ideas were carefully curated by Havenly designer Chelsea S., who loves designing Country Cottage, Rustic and Preppy spaces. If you like Chelsea’s style, book her today and get decorated!