Accent walls, whether big or small, can make a major impact on a room's style. While plain, unadorned white walls will always be the safer choice, opting to go big with a pop of color or an unexpected pattern on one entire wall feels like the room is actually lived in and loved. Whether it spans one-fourth of the room's perimeter, or you want to make the most of an awkward half-wall situation, here are a few Insta-inspired accent wall ideas that add dimension and put your personal signature on the space.

1. Go Big and Go Bold

Painting one entire wall a bright, bold shade has a way of making a room look much more dynamic — the objects in front of it pop, and it adds depth to a space in a way that painting all four walls a single color sometimes doesn't. The contrast of colors also wakes up a tired room, without having to hang any art or ornamentation. Think of it as the minimalist's solution to wall decor! Rooms with lots of natural light are the best candidates for a dark-colored accent wall.


2. Get Lit With Neon

No longer limited to the realm of tacky beer logos, modern neon signs now emit a chic, arty vibe that's perfect for illuminating a bare, protruding accent wall. This vibrant lighting looks great during the day, but it really makes your place party-ready once the sun goes down.

3. Opt for Strategic Storage

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Don't underestimate the power of a floating shelf! If a smaller wall is stumping you on what to put on it, a wire-frame rack or shelf is never a bad idea. Display small plants, books, and ceramics here, and then rotate them out every few months! This is what keeps these shelves looking like an intentionally styled vignette, and not like a gathering space for your cast-off knick-knacks.

4. Fill the Space With Mural-Scale Wallpaper

Dialing up the design impact in your wall decor can give a room that much-needed wow factor. Wallpaper murals are fabulous for adding drama and also opening up a space so that it feels bigger. Keep it from looking too wild by sticking with a subdued or monochromatic palette, which will still allow you to be playful with your home accessories.

5. Go for the Gallery Wall

Turn an empty alcove into a decorative opportunity. Displaying your favorite prints or your kids' art in complementing frames as part of a gallery wall brings in a decor personality that's truly your own! Try to find frames that include photo mats in them, as that small bit of white space has a way of making anything look a little more elevated. Don't be afraid to display the frames from floor to ceiling if you have an abundance of them. You can always rotate them occasionally, so that they all eventually get eye-level status.

6. Tile It On

Tiling a slim accent wall might be a natural fit for the water closet, but it's maybe less obvious in an entryway or dining room space. Though this idea is more of a commitment than the others, we think it has real staying power.

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