To Accent or Not To Accent

This is the question.


I remember my parents spending weekends wallpapering every room in the house I grew up in. My Mom created this trim frame on the outside of our bedroom doors and inserted the hall’s wallpaper inside it. I remember thinking my mother was a creative genius! Our house looked so fancy with our clever wallpapered doors. You just have to love the ’70!


A common question I get asked a lot is “should I wallpaper the whole room or just an accent wall?” Both options can work, it just depends on the wallpaper pattern, the size of the room, and the overall look your going for. Not everyone loves an accent wall but I do. It gives you an opportunity to be bold in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the space.


Grasscloth is a very popular choice these days. It will work equally well as an accent or in the whole room. This type of wallpaper now comes in every color under the sun as well as versions with a pattern printed on top of it. The texture with a printed pattern adds an additional layer of interest and style. You have endless possibilities in creating a great space with this wallpaper.



If you feel grasscloth is too heavy a look for your entire room it can be used very successfully as an accent. The texture of grasscloth lets it can stand on it’s own, visually. You can decide to use that textured look in a subtle way or a bolder way. By choosing to match the paint on the other 3 walls to the grasscloths color, you will be creating a subtler look. On the other hand if you want to create a more dramatic look you could make the accent wall a bolder color with higher contrast to the other 3 walls. Either way, you have so many different options that all could look great.


Wallpaper has come a long way since the 70’s. It has evolved quite a bit. It is very much in demand and can be used in so many different ways. Though I’m not sure I would put it on the outside of my bedroom doors any time soon. Sorry Mom!

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