Which wall should be the accent wall in a living room?

Creating an accent wall in a living room is a simple way to transform a lackluster interior into something dazzling. ‘It’s an easy way to deliver an instant update to a room – bringing depth and dimension as well as color, pattern, and texture,’ says Philippe Desart, managing director at Arte. An accent wall can take all manner of forms too, from a simple lick of paint in a bold hue, to textured murals that deliver an unexpected punch to your living room design.

But introducing an accent wall requires some serious thought and you can’t just update any old wall. There are so many factors to take into account. What are you wanting from your living room, are you trying to highlight a piece of furniture or distract from it? What kind of mood do you want to create, and last, but not least, what kind of natural light does the space receive? All these factors will determine which wall should be the feature wall in your living room design. We speak to the experts to find out they choose an accent wall in a living room.

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh Turner

Oonagh is a design writer and journalist, with a big black book of interior design contacts. For this article, she called on interior designers for simple advice on which wall to choose to make your accent wall make a real statement. 

Which wall should be the accent wall in a living room?

A handpainted mural in a living room

(Image credit: SD Studios)

When selecting which wall should be host to your accent living room wall decor, firstly, you need to consider the overall design of the room. Is there an obvious place where the eye is drawn when you open the door? Does all the living room furniture in the space lead and point the same way, or are you trying to distract the eye from looking a certain way? These factors will help you choose the naturally dominant wall.

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