Our bedrooms are where we go to find peace, quiet and a little bit of respite after a long day of work or play. How your bedroom is designed and set up can play a massive part in how good that rest is actually going to be.
This is why it’s crucial to design and decorate your bedroom in such a way that when you enter it, you feel as if you’ve entered a haven of tranquility and not just another messy room that makes your headache worse.
As you start to plan your bedroom or if you’re looking to spruce it up, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a bedroom accent wall that will help you get the haven you’re looking for.
Accent walls can bring a new element and layer to a room. With different colors and textures, accent walls are a great addition that gives the room a unique focal point. This gives you and any visitors a place to focus their attention and aids in creating a theme.
Consider a bold paint color to bring a new dimension into your bedroom or a wall of beautiful removable wallpaper. The following are some of my articles that might help you choose colors, wallpaper, and focal wall ideas Choosing Bedroom Colors, Peel and Stick Wallpaper, Budget Friendly Headboard and Focal Wall Ideas
But the ideas don’t stop there! There are plenty of budget-friendly ways to turn a single wall into a work of art. Even adding simple trim can turn the most boring, builder-grade spaces into gorgeous, interesting masterpieces.
To break up the monotony of your bedroom walls, consider creating your focal wall with an inexpensive hardware store item. Crown molding, base board, beadboard, board and batten or wainscoting can be stained or painted, and there are endless designs. This is a feature that is being used on some popular home rehabilitation TV shows, that turns a plain boring wall to a custom one-of-a-kind focal wall.
Alright, let’s start DIYing!
- Miter saw
- Nail gun
- Stud finder
- Caulk gun
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Woodgrain ½ x ¾” wood pine molding
- Paintable caulk
- Wood filler
- 150 and 220 sanding block or paper
- Paint (we used Sherwin William’s Extra White in Eggshell Sheen)
MEASURE + PLAN
The key to every great accent wall is a little planning. Start by gathering all the measurements: the height, the width, the location of any outlets or other obstacles.
If you’re not removing your baseboards, make sure that your height measurements start from the top of the baseboard to the ceiling rather than the ground to the ceiling.
I’d also recommend measuring the width and height in a few different points along the wall. One thing we’ve quickly learned is that walls are hardly ever straight or square!
Once you have your measurements, it’s time to plan out your design.
If you’re doing a random geometric pattern, you can just plan it out using tape.
If you want something with a little more symmetry and structure, I’d recommend planning it out online to get more precise measurements. Our go-to programs are SketchUp and Adobe Illustrator.
SketchUp has a free version, but definitely requires some getting used to it. Illustrator is easy to use and offers a free trial, which is perfect if you’re just planning out one or two things.
Your Dream Focal Wall Awaits
There is nothing like relaxing in a comfortable, cozy bedroom. Complementing your wall color and décor with molding is a quick project that will add warmth and architectural interest. Please share your bedroom focal wall ideas, pictures or any questions in the comment section below. Good luck.
Check out this video for visual tricks to create your focal wall. YouTube video Installing a grid pattern Focal Wall