Welcome to our gallery featuring a wide array of fantastic contemporary living room designs featuring accent walls.
By its very definition, an accent wall or feature wall is a single wall that takes a departure from the style or design of the other walls in a given room.
Whether the difference is a simple change in paint color or a more dramatic change in material, like a transition to stone or brick, an accent wall idea is to break the pattern of the room and is most stunning when applied to a room where the majority of the walls are a light neutral or white.
Of course, living room accent walls don’t necessarily need to be in a bold color or design. A wallpapered room might have a single uncovered wall with minimal decoration to serve as an accent and relief from the pattern. You might see this in larger rooms, where an abundance of wallpaper would seem overpowering or busy.
An accent wall in a living room with a lot of patterns might serve simply as an aesthetic change, or it may feature a decorative piece, like a painting that might look strange on a textured or wallpapered wall.
In this collection, you will see a wide variety of room styles, illustrating the fact that accent wall ideas are not limited to one style, like modern or contemporary.
While it’s true that modern and contemporary designs are more likely to have accent walls in bold colors or textures, you can also see many more subtle accent walls in traditional or rustic-styled homes.
These, however, typically use materials as accent walls, including stone, wood, or marble.
In this gallery, you’ll see many of these more subtle accent walls that are merged with enormous fireplaces for a seamless, grand effect.
We hope you’ll enjoy all that this gallery has to offer!
1. Open-Concept with Bold Red Wall
A beautiful open-concept living room with multi-tonal wood floors and a rich red accent wall across from the seating arrangement. The bold red color ties into the modern wedge-back sofa.
2. Stone Fireplace Accent Wall
The stone fireplace expands into an entire stone accent wall, with two dark wood tables nestled in the nooks on either side of the fireplace. Exposed wooden beams across the ceiling add further elegance to the interior design.
3. Stacked Stone Treatment on Curved Wall
The curved dark taupe walls of this living space merge into a stacked stone accent wall that also includes a screened-in fireplace.
Source: Zillow DigsTM
4. Sunshine Yellow Accent Wall
This beautiful modern and minimalist living room is in pristine white and bright, sunny yellow. A half-wall with a series of pass-throughs separates the seating area from the library and office area. The long wall to the right is a bold accent color in sunshine yellow.
Source: Zillow DigsTM
5. Center Wall with Pass-Through Fireplace
While not a traditional living room accent wall, the center wall with a pass-through fireplace is visibly different enough to perform the same effect as a textured or painted accent wall.
6. Dark Stone Tile Accent Wall
This highly modernized living room features sleek leather chairs and a sofa, along with wooden accents and shelving with a heavy wood grain. The wall behind the entertainment center is in a beautiful dark stone tile, which acts as a contrast to the light neutrals on the other walls.
7. Taupe Gray Accent Wall with Shelving
This living room is open-concept and adjacent to the kitchenette and an office area. While much of the room is glossy white, the wall behind the open shelving is a rich taupe gray.
8. Pastoral Mural in Tuscan-Style Living Room
In a luxurious Tuscan-style mansion, a pastoral mural on a wall isn’t an uncommon sight, but it is just as beautiful as you’d imagine. The light colors pull color out of every detail in this room.
9. Half-Wall Extension Separates Space
The half-wall extending from the ceiling and separating the living room from the dining room is a stunning example of an accent wall. The light colors complement the fluffy light fixtures above the seating area.
10. Stone Accent Wall, Wooden Ceiling
An enormously tall stone accent wall soars above the wooden ceiling of this contemporary living room in light neutrals.
11. Tile Accent Wall
The wall around a fireplace is an excellent spot to add an accent wall, particularly when the majority of the room’s walls are light neutral. In this case, cubbies and shelving are built into the tile accent wall to further distinguish it from the rest of the home decor.
12. Herringbone Pattern Adds Contrast
This incredible herringbone patterned panel above the fireplace really adds contrast from the matte neutral walls but doesn’t compete with the cabin-style pattern of the armchairs.
13. Two-Story Gray Accent Wall Surrounded by Glass
This cavernous living room is incredibly open and minimalist in its design. A single two-story accent wall to the right of the seating area provides a depth of color and contrast to the pale yellow walls.
14. Shelving Distinguishes Accent Wall
Although these walls are all the same pristine white, shelving and curved elements on one wall distinguish it from the others.
15. Stone and Glass Accent Wall
While the majority of walls in this enormous great room are painted a flat neutral, the wall with the fireplace is filled with huge windows, which act as a not-so-subtle change in style and pattern.
16. Stone Accent Wall with Fireplace
A long stone wall on one side of this light and bright living room draws the eye away from the huge seamless windows and to the mostly unadorned fireplace.
17. Dark Wood Bar Built into Stone Wall
In a luxurious contemporary home, the stone walls are interrupted by a large wall with a built-in dark wood bar. The simple design of the bar also conceals lighted display cases and a beautiful painting that would be lost on the textured stone walls.
18. Cream Damask Wallpaper Extends to Ceiling
While much of this open-concept living room and dining room is in a sleek, contemporary neutral, an arched panel wallpapered entirely in an elegant cream damask wallpaper extends over the dining area.
19. Fireplace and Wall Decor Stand Out in Space
This ornate and luxurious living room and bar is filled with tall, textured beige walls, except for the white wall with the fireplace. The white allows the fireplace and fur wall decor to stand out.
20. Hand-Constructed Stone Accent Wall
This incredible stone accent wall is hand-constructed in a swirling mosaic pattern reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Source: Zillow DigsTM
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