Easy Accent Wall Treatment Ideas

Shiplap. You either love it or hate it. I’ll admit it looks fabulous in homes which style lends itself to it (aka: farmhouse), BUT there’s no way in heck I’d ever install it myself because I love lazy easy ideas for adding an accent wall.

If you’ve landed here from House by Hoff, welcome! Isn’t this non-shiplap blog hop organized by Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof awesome? I have so many ideas brewing after seeing everyone’s posts.

I don’t generally take on projects which require a ton of meticulous work and measuring, so I’ll show you how I’ve created accent walls in my home using moldings, paint and closet doors.

Door Trim/Molding Accent Wall

In the guest room we had painted all the walls a gray color, and then we added in the new furniture…that meant I wanted to give the wall behind the headboard a bit of drama without repainting. Luckily, I had a bunch of door trim left over, so I made two simple boxes on the wall (this part did require meticulous measurements when cutting and installing) and added in some plug-in wall sconces from IKEA.

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

This look probably costs about $20-$30 and would take a few hours. Not too bad for a quick way to update a wall, and it’s timeless. Even if you paint the wall later, you can tape off the moldings (or paint them, too, for a tone on tone look).

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.


Matte Black Accent Wall

Paint is hands down the easiest way to update a wall/room in a matter of hours. I painted the wall in my office in under 2 hours. Now, if you want to make a drastic impact, go for contrast (the adjacent walls are white).

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

And also be very careful in the finish of paint you choose- I chose a matte (nearly flat) finish to make it look rich and velvety.

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

Think Outside the Wall

Sometimes the biggest way to make an impact on a wall treatment is to not do anything to the wall. An example of this would also be my office where one of the walls is taken up by closet doors on about 2/3 of the wall. 

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

The bold pop of color and unique molding design is a wall feature on its own. When I get tired of the color, it’s easy to paint over for a whole new accent wall.

Ideas for accent and feature walls that don't involve any shiplap. These can all be accomplished for under $50 in an afternoon.

Hope these easy, cost effective DIY’s get your mind off shiplap. Although you should definitely always do what you love in your home, even if that means installing shiplap. 

I’m now handing you over to Design Asylum where you’ll have more eye candy and DIY ideas to enjoy. 

AND…Sorry for the sporadic posting- I’ve moved out of the house and into the apartment to start my new job. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, but I’m trying to be strong even though my heart hurts SO MUCH from not seeing Pee Wee and Daniel daily. Hopefully we’ll get the house on the market and sold soon so we can all be together again.

Change is hard.

But enough about me, make sure to visit the other fab bloggers sharing their non-shiplap ideas:

Monday, September 19th

Rain on a Tin Roof

Cassie Bustamante

Up to Date Interiors

Two Thirty-Five Designs

Suburban Bitches

Tuesday, September 20th

Place of My Taste

Erin Spain

Bright Green Door

Polished Habitat

Casa Watkins Living

Wednesday, September 21st

House by Hoff

Monica Wants It

Design Asylum

Craftivity Designs

Thursday, September 22nd

This is Our Bliss

Sharon Joyce Interiors

PMQ for Two

Domicile 37

Amber Oliver

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9 Comments

  1. Cassie Bustamante
    September 21, 2016 / 11:41 am

    love the molding next to the bed- what a great way to make a statement!

  2. Jenna LaFevor
    September 21, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I want it all!!!!! I love your moldings, the black wall and those closet doors – I die!

  3. Craftivity Designs
    September 21, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    The pink closet doors – LOVE!

  4. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 / 3:27 am

    PLEASE share your source for the lovely bar pulls on those delicious pink closet doors. This is perfect for our latest project. Thanks….

  5. Ariel Garneau
    September 22, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Those closet doors are a revelation! YES! I think I need to do something like that on ours.

  6. Melissa @ Polished Habitat
    September 23, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Oh man, that black wall in the office is SO GOOD. And those pink doors make me all swoony!

  7. Rachael Bliefnick
    September 23, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    I love both of your walls and that matte black is stunning! And seriously…your closet is to DIE!! Do you have a tutorial for how you did the doors? It all looks beautiful, Monica!!

  8. UptoDateInteriors
    September 25, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Those pink doors are to die for!! LOVE!

  9. Krista thehappyhousie
    September 25, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    LOVE the box moulding!! So simple but adds so much character!!

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