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Style Trend: Accent Walls

With so many different home trends and style guides out there, it can be challenging to know exactly how you want to decorate your home. If you’re looking for a simple way to add a unique touch to a room, whether it’s the living room or your master bedroom, you might want to consider adding an accent wall to your home.

An accent wall is exactly what it sounds like: one wall in your room that stands out from the rest. There are a million and one different ways to customize an accent wall, and it all depends on your sense of style!

Looking for some examples? Here are five unique accent walls, using wood material, you should keep in mind!

Shiplap or Nickel Gap

nickel gap close up

The profile of each board partially overlaps that of the board next to it, creating a channel that gives shadow line effects, provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement.


Shiplap accent wall in mudroom bench

We added shiplap to this entry/ bench area for a splash of style

Without a doubt, this is one of our most popular request for accent walls! We love using pine boards, painted white, to give your room that rustic accent with a historic, yet polished, aesthetic.

Most shiplap comes in 16’ pine boards, at either 4 or 6” wide, with many containing imperfections that add to the overall style and impression. Shiplap walls are one-of-a-kind! They have a horizontal gap between boards, are often finished in white, and are installed with a nail gun.

Nickel gap

Nickel gap made of MDF has a smoother finish and easier to paint any color

Want a rustic finish to your home with zero imperfections? Nickel gap is your best bet. Like the shiplap, it’s an easy way to add a historic or vintage aesthetic to your home, but can be purchased in an MDF material (also more affordable), allowing a similar aesthetic of natural wood, without the imperfections.

Since it’s a man made material, it’s easy to customize it to your liking. Unlike shiplap, it has a nickel-sized gap in-between boards and features a smoother finish.


This is an easy way to add unique texture and style to any room! Bead boards typically come in 4×6’ boards and are installed with a nail gun. Every seam is caulked to ensure even panels and uniformity.

Our favorite part of beadboards? There are so many different kinds of material you can use! Whether you’re looking for something posh, traditionally southern, or modern and exciting, there’s a beadboard out there that’s perfect for your home and your style.

Wood Plank

Have you always dreamed of owning your own country cabin in the woods, but can’t bear to part with city life? What if we told you you could have both the aesthetic of your dream cabin with the convenience of life in the Triangle?

Embrace your inner mountain man by adding a wood plank accent wall to your home! Pick your favorite kind of wood and stain color and let’s get to work. This is a simple accent wall variety that yields fantastic results! Best of all, it only requires nail gun installation. No caulking needed!


Molding is a timeless way to add some texture and variety to a room. Ditch the flat wall and add little “pockets” of creativity. There are two kinds of accent wall molding we’re in love with this season: square and picture frame.

Square Molding

Square molding is, well, square! It comes in 1×4” boards that are then evenly spaced apart on a wall. The result is a polished and posh wall.

picture frame Molding

Picture frame molding is similar, but with varying sizes. It is commonly purchased in 1” sticks and finished white, but you can also choose other unique colors to match the rest of your home!

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful” Hazrat Inayat Khan

Adding an Accent Wall to Your Home is Easier Than You Think

See an accent wall you like that you want to incorporate in your own home? Give us a call—we’re always here to help you make your home your own!

Have an idea for an accent wall we didn’t list above? We can help with that, too. We’d love to hear your design ideas, and bring them to life in your home!

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