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Accent walls…what to do??? So many options…

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

With so many decisions to make during home construction or remodeling, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Contractors, light fixtures, cabinets, layouts, trim, floors, ahhhh!….so many details! Contracts are written, holes are dug, and buildings go up. Finally comes the time, when it all starts coming together, and you start getting results. If you haven’t chosen paint colors by now, you are probably going back and forth between options, and rightfully so! These details set the mood for your YOU space, walls can help to accent these details. So let's talk accent wall options.

The most common we all know and most have done, is paint. Fast, affordable, overall easiest to do. Changing the color of one wall to compliment or contrast the colors in the rest of the room, is by far an easy project that even the typical non painter person can accomplish and be proud of.

Tile, stone, and brick are other great options. More of a permanent solution, but also one of the most durable if installed correctly. While it can be done by a person that doesn't install tile for a living, let us remember that a bad tile job can be harder to fix than most of the other options out there. A professional service should always be considered.

Wood accents look great and are durable. It is often easy to replace small areas if damaged. If you haven't heard yet, pallet walls are a thing. Perhaps one of the best options for affordability when your walls are looking pretty banged up, but also one of the most labor intensive as you have to dismantle a number of pallets. Pallet boards can be used to cover up some unsightly cracks in those old plaster walls or even hide wavy walls, while adding a nice rustic look. There are a lot of options for wood accents, take a look at some ideas online and you can find a lot of different styles.

Wallpaper. Wallpaper has come a long way from what it used to be. Products for prepping have evolved for easier installation and removal, and graphic designs have moved along with technology to make for some amazing printed and textured wallpapers. I cannot say that I would attempt wallpaper myself, but it can be done as a DIY project. I would definitely recommend a pro installer for this task for two reasons. The installation may last longer with fewer problem areas, and the removal may be easier, creating less drywall damage and repairs, saving you more money in the end. I have removed a lot of wallpaper, and fixed a lot of DIY wallpaper removals. There is rarely a way of removing it without having some drywall repair to follow, even when done by a professional, but also, I have seen some bad damages to the point where the drywall had to be removed. The cost to replace damaged drywall can be 3-4 times the cost of original installation in newer homes, more in older homes.

You all knew this is what I was leading up to. :) Venetian plaster or liquid metal can be used in any accent situation the same as tile, brick, paint, wood or any other option. Wet areas, dry areas, high traffic areas or high ceilings, hot or cold. It can be a classy and sleek look, or rustic and textured, however you prefer. It has such a wide range of options making it one of the most versatile products out there, and can be tinted to any color, making it a great option to go along with your favorite paint colors. Plaster can make your home more energy efficient as it adds another layer on your wall, and is typically made with lime which is resistant to low temperatures, keeping the heat in during winter temperatures, but still leaving that cool marble feeling in heat of the summer. It is easy for a professional to patch, and easy enough for virtually anyone to get rid of it, with minimal drywall repairs if any, saving time and money in the end when compared to some of the other options for an accent wall. It is a product that cannot be matched except by the real thing, marble, and even so, the options are more versatile for plaster than marble and other stone, and most times more cost efficient. Use plaster or liquid metal on fireplaces, range hoods, back splashes, counter tops, table tops, floors, trim, columns, stairs, and so many more ways. You and your guests will be amazed with the results.

Should you DIY any of these projects, I recommend to buy supplies from local distributors and warehouses as most of them have installed these products before, or work closely with professionals in the industry. It is tempting to visit a big box retail store, but specialized distributors can often supply great tips or products to get you the highest quality finish. With all options, colors can be chosen to compliment or contrast counter tops, floors, appliances, and other furnishings, even artwork! You might try some complimentary colors to your bold wall colors, or maybe some monochromatic colors to your main color scheme. Monochromatic colors are colors of the same hue but different shades, like a navy blue, royal blue and light blue/grey co

lor scheme. Neutral colors will not compete with primary and secondary colors, and always provide a good option. Neutral colors are great for patterns and blend in almost any space.

I hope you gained a little more insight from this article, my first blog! As if there wasn't enough to do, now I'll play author too! I will share more tips on homes and wall repairs in the future, for you DIY people out there. Drywall and plaster is where I started. I know we are hard to find these days and the ones that are there are stretched pretty thin. Join my website and follow the articles, maybe it will save you a repair cost down the line, and the headaches of trying to find someone to do it for you. Assuming you made it this far, thanks for reading!


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