A dining room usually takes on one of two looks: neglected - hand-me-down furniture, dated chandelier, faded rug; or (what we muchhhh prefer) doted on - eclectically styled with tons of character, color, and personality.
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Opt for the latter!
There are so many fun and easy ways to add more spice to your dining room. We absolutely love a bold statement-making accent wall to set the design tone of your space.
Here are some tips to create an eye-catching wall that gives your dining room alllll the feels.
1. Go bold with Color.
A fresh coat of color on a single wall (or even several walls) is an easy way to pack a ton of stylistic punch. It takes a space from bland to bold in no time. And great news....you can always paint over it if your taste or style changes!
This dark blue wall behind the styled credenza adds an anchoring focal point to this homey room, as well as some contrast with the other light and bright hues.
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A couple of great deep blues include Sherwin Williams' In The Navy and Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball.
This dark tan wall infuses warmth and high-lights the wood tones and accessories in the space. It is the perfect focal feature for a modern woodsy room. Try Virtual Taupe by SW or PPG's Dark Legacy Gold.
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These gorge slate blue walls contrasted with the crisp white ceiling and wainscotting are the perfect back drop for a bold dining set, luxe chandelier and blue rug. We love the aptly named Slate Blue by Benjamin Moore.
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Hope we have convinced you that colored walls are a must in your dining room!
If you're feeling even more daring, see our next tip.
2. Use an eye-catching pattern.
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We must admit it: we have a soft spot for good old fashioned wallpaper. And with so many peel and stick options these days, it is much less permanent, a.k.a, scary! #commitmentphobe
Add a feature wall of an oversized pattern in a bold color for instant personality. You'll love dining in (or drooling over) your updated space.
We love these peel and stick options from Wayfair and Home Depot.
3. Add some 3D texture.
How cool is this stone wall with inset candles? The stone brings a natural warmth and tons of visual interest. Faux and natural stone veneer panels are available through a variety of outlets, including Wayfair, Norstone and NSVI.
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Another option is to create a bold geometric look, like the one below, which can easily be recreated with wood trim and paint. See this blog post from The Decor Mama detailing how to create a similar wall with herringbone pattern.
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4. Create a focal gallery wall.
If you are less inclined to change the walls via paint, wallpaper or another material, opt for hanging a variety of art, mirrors, or photographs as a feature in your dining room. This is a wonderful way to add character and a personal touch to your dining space.
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The black and white photos, evenly spaced in black frames with thick matting, above, show a peek into this cute family's life. Find similar frames here (with 4 sizes to choose from).
In contrast, this mix of artwork, sconces, and antlers spaced asymmetrically showcase a more eccentric sense of style.
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So really, the options are endless for styling your dining room walls whether with color, pattern, texture, or a gallery wall. We just say GO FOR IT!