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Change your space with an accent wall

Whether you want to make a room pop, or just add some contrast, accent walls can completely transform the look and feel of a space in an instant. And there’s no real right or wrong way of doing them. Here’s how to incorporate a stylish accent wall into your decor and make it uniquely yours.

What constitutes an accent wall?

Traditionally, accent walls—or feature walls—conjure up images of bold colours and busy prints, however that is not necessarily the case. You can favourably play with light, or muted, shades of the same colour in one room just to add a bit of movement, without creating big contrasts. For example, matching eggshell coloured walls with a muted gray or beige accent wall.

Accent walls are incredibly flexible and the effect of the wall on the rest of the space is completely up to you. Plus, you always have the option to change your mind rather easily, as you’ve only decorated one wall, as opposed to four.

Give a room an instant makeover

They are the ideal solution for anyone wanting to spruce up a room without committing to a big renovation project. Perhaps you are completely smitten with that bold floral print, but are worried it will just demand too much attention in your small turn of the century flat? Then try it out on an accent wall for an instant makeover that breathes new life into your space.

Add a focal point to a space

By adding an accent wall you can create an eye-catching focal point that sets the mood in any room, favourably the wall you are drawn to when entering a space. One example being the wall behind the bed in the bedroom which usually provides a great backdrop, whilst adding both character and personality. .

Define open-plan spaces

So, you’ve got a rather plain, open-plan space to work with? Adding an accent wall is a brilliant way to zone parts in a room, such as defining your living room area. Pick your favourite part in your living room and add an accent wall, favourably where you like to spend the most time. Create colour flows transitioning from one space to another by coordinating with the same colour in other parts of your decor. For instance, by painting an adjoining wall, or complementing with matching furniture, textiles or other accessories. This serves to tie the room together for a cohesive, harmonious impression.

Accent walls are also a go-to method for highlighting a specific architectural feature in your space, such as a fireplace, a bookshelf, a staircase, a kitchen nook or a beloved piece of art.

Play with a room’s depth and dimension

A dark colour generally decreases the size of a room when applied on all four walls. But when applied on an accent wall, and preferably on a shorter wall in a rectangular room, it gives off the impression of a bigger space. However, for adding real depth and texture nothing quite beats using wallpaper murals to create a statement wall. These larger-than-life panoramic artworks instantly add impact and make for an attention-grabbing feature.

Alternatively, in order to really play with a room’s dimensions, you could opt for photo wallpaper, which serves to create an optical illusion owing to their incredibly lifelike finish. There’s really no end to the possibilities here, from lush botanicals to skylines and more abstract motifs. Or, you can even upload your own favourite photo to create your perfect habitat.

Less is more

As mentioned, there are no rules per se when it comes to accent walls, which is why they have such a huge appeal for interior designers, hobbyists and home decorators. Having said that, it is advisable to avoid using walls with too many windows and doors, or behind the TV for that matter, as it can result in a ‘messy’ impression.

Additionally, we did mention the benefits of picking up pops of colour in the decor to match the accent wall for a cohesive vibe. Just remember that less is more in this case, and that you risk detracting from the accent wall if you overdo it.

Are you contemplating adding an accent wall to your space? Start by taping up a wallpaper sample onto your wall for a few days before making up your mind!

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Frequently asked questions

What measurements are Perswall wallpaper?

Each roll of wallpaper is 45 cm wide. The length and height depend on the measurements you indicate when placing an order.

What material is your product made of and what quality does it have?

Perswall wallpaper is digitally printed on high-quality, non-woven FSC- certified paper. Our digitally printed wallpaper offers a flexible material that makes interior dreams come true, without compromising on quality or the environment.

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Will my order be reviewed before printed?

Every custom order with manually be reviewed by our graphic designers to ensure best printing quality and will contact you in case there are any problems.

What will happen to my uploaded image after production?

We will save your file for 6 months. Should your wallpaper be damaged in transport or during installation we can easily produce another one. Your file will be deleted when the 6 months have passed.


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Can I return an order?

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How much is delivery?

We love the fact that you chose us to tell your unique story, therefore we offer free shipping worldwide.

What happens if my product is injured when delivered?

We replace faulty items with a fault-free corresponding item. We need to see the error to do so. Perswall does not take responsibility for any accidents or mistakes that occur when installing wallpaper. Neither do we take responsibility for any costs from loss of time or other indirect or consequential costs. It is therefore crucial that you examine your order before installing it.

Easy how to hang guide

You need:

A roller, utility knife and spare blades, paint tray, spirit level/plummet (scissor and twine), pencil, soft sponge, spatula, a container with clean water, wallpaper brush, steel ruler, paintbrush and adhesive.

1. Before installation

A thoroughly prepared surface is crucial to the result. Therefore the wall should be dry, smooth, and well anchored. In our Wallpaper school, you can read more about how to prepare different surfaces.

Roll out your wallpaper on a clean table and cut off each strip on the scissor markings. Every other strip is upside down and needs to be flipped around to the right way. All strips have text on top, to ease the installation process and direction. Always use a non-woven adhesive (paste), avoid so-called combination glue.

2. Use a spirit level

Create a plum line with your plummet (scissor + twine) or a spirit level. Draw guidelines on the surface for an easier installation

3. Cover the whole area with adhesive

Apply adhesive on the wall equal to approximately the width of 2-3 strips (90-135 cm). It’s important to cover the whole area with adhesive to avoid any bare spots. A spot without glue becomes an air bubble under the wallpaper. Carefully apply an even layer of adhesive, use a paintbrush where the roller can’t reach.

4. Watch out for creases!

Follow the instructions on the top and bottom of the strip. Look what is up and down, carefully wrap the strip in the middle, make sure to not create any creases. Have the pattern on the inside of the wrap when you attach it to the wall, this to avoid staining the front with adhesive. Attach the top of the strip at the right height and in the right position before you let go of the wrap and let it fall.

5. If it goes wrong start over!

Examine the strip at the top and bottom before you press it against the wall. Never try to twist the strip into the right position when in the wrong position. Instead, loosen the strip and start over. Apply more adhesive if the previous layer is dry. If paste accidentally would end up on the front of the wallpaper, do not rub. Instead, use a soft sponge with water to wipe the adhesive away. A dry sponge may chafe on the print and destroy the wallpaper.

6. Use a wallpaper spatula

Use the wallpaper spatula to even out the surface and get rid of glue and air bubbles under the wallpaper. Remember to keep your tools clean at all times by continuously wiping them off to get glue and other residues off. Use the wallpaper tool in a sweeping motion starting from the ceiling to the floor, and from the middle outwards.

7. Be meticulous!

Continue with the next strip and align the pattern. Make sure that the strips are tightly joint so no underlying surface is visible in between. The adhesive must be applied out to the edges so the strips attach properly.

8. Change the blade often

Cut off everything that doesn’t belong to the wallpaper itself. Feel free to use a steel ruler or putty shovel as support when doing this. Don’t forget to change the blade on the knife often, a dull blade can easily rip and break the wallpaper.

9. Repeat

Now continue, strip by strip, until the wall is finished. Have in mind to avoid isolation of the room. If the weather allows, open up and let the room ventilate until the adhesive is dry