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DIY Feature Wall Ideas


5 Best Feature Wall Ideas

Turn ordinary walls into an extraordinary room accent with these DIY feature wall ideas.


It's an Easy DIY Project

Looking for a quick, easy DIY home décor project that doesn’t bust your budget? Here’s one: Add a wall accent.   

Of course, shiplap walls have been highly popular the past few years for good reason. They’re fun feature walls, which are also called accent walls.

Yet shiplap isn’t for everyone, nor is it the only option for adding a feature wall. From paint to tile to luxury vinyl to wood planking, you can literally give any room in your home a modern, high-end look that you can do yourself.   

The idea behind adding an accent wall or feature wall is to give the room a focal point or stand-out feature. Think about a room with a fireplace, a bold print, or even a dramatic headboard. That’s the focal point.

Focal points are what give a room a distinctive look and feel. They also help to anchor the space by drawing attention to one essential element.   

Besides, feature walls are simple to DIY and let you have fun with color, texture, and pattern without spending a ton of time or money.

DIY Feature Wall Under $100 

#1: Carpet Tile Comfort

Peel-and-stick carpet tiles are a fast, affordable way to create an accent wall. They’re especially great for casual rooms like family rooms, playrooms, and game rooms. Since they come in a variety of colors, designs, and textures, it’s easy to have fun with the look.   

Try a checkerboard design by mixing smooth and textured carpet tiles on the same wall. Or mix two different colors in the same design for a more subtle effect. Either way, you’ll have a unique wall to showcase one of the most used rooms in the house.   

Not sure what pattern to use on your accent wall? Look for inspiration from carpet square patterns used on floors like this one:

Modern Accent Wall 

#2: Wood-Look Warmth 

Wood walls add depth, texture, warmth, and character to just about any space. Perhaps you’ve considered adding a wood feature wall but are not sure how to measure and cut expensive lumber. No worries. We have you and your feature wall covered, thanks to luxury vinyl and hardwood planks.   

Luxury vinyl and hardwood give you the same durability and extensive range of color and design choices for your walls as they do for flooring. From sleek and modern, to rustic and reclaimed, LVP and hardwood planks let you create a stunning wooden wall in your favorite design style.   

Whether you add a wood-look feature wall behind the bed in your master bedroom, refresh the look of your fireplace, or define a perfect book nook, a DIY wooden feature wall will add dimension and impact to your home.

Super Stylish Accent Wall 

#3: Tile to Bequile 

Love the look of marble, quartz, or metal yet don’t want to invest in an entire room of it? A tile accent wall just might be for you.   

The varying colors and styles of tile let you add a texture layer, reflect light, or simply bring a little pizzazz to the room. Try brickwork tile in a kitchen or family room for a contemporary farmhouse feel, glass or metal tile in the kitchen or bath for a luxurious spa-like vibe, or wood-look tile for a fuss-free rustic feel.   

And don’t forget that feature walls can include fireplaces. Tiling a tired old fireplace not only freshens it up, but it also creates a definitive all-eyes-on-me focal point as well.

DIY Farmhouse Style 

#4: Ceiling Transformation

Remember that a feature wall creates a focal point for any room. So, who says you can’t make the “fifth wall,” the ceiling, the focal point using hardwood planks or luxury vinyl?    

An accent ceiling is just as easy to DIY as a feature wall, but it is especially unique.

You can do anything with an accent ceiling that you can with a feature wall. For example, add some modern-farmhouse charm with wide planked wood or create a big statement in a small room with wood-look luxury vinyl flooring.

Even better? You can install LVP or hardwood planks right over an existing textured, acoustic, or popcorn-style ceiling.

Budget-Friendly Accent Wall

#5: Paint It Up

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Add a pop of color or go dark and dramatic with a single painted wall. Paint is a fast and affordable way to give any room an instant makeover.   

The key is deciding which wall to paint. A simple rule of thumb for accent walls is to walk into the space and notice where your own eye goes. Something is drawing your eye there for good reason, such as a piece of furniture, a gorgeous view, or a quirky configuration.   

Check your gut, too. Does that feel like the right wall to paint? It may not. So, consider painting either the largest or smallest wall in the room. You can also paint a wall that has two inside corners. This gives a clearly defined stopping and starting point for your paint.   

Finally, think about painting the fifth wall in a four-walled room, the ceiling. Colorful, dark, or even pastel-colored ceilings are unexpected. And, when you’re ready, you can amplify the contrast between floor and ceiling even more with new carpet, vinyl planking, hardwood, or laminate floors.


Every room needs a showstopper, and a DIY feature wall is just the thing. Not only do accent walls inject a ton of interest into any room, but they also let you have fun without overwhelming you or the room.   

Now that you know how quick, easy, and affordable a DIY feature wall can be, you’re ready to go make a statement one wall or ceiling at a time.

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