10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Home’s Accent Wall for Summer

At last, summer is here, the perfect time to give your home a makeover. While you may be distracted by warm-weather fashions and delicious recipes, your home also deserves some attention.

The new season comes with trends that are brighter, lighter, and more nature-inspired, bringing back the energy and life that was missing during the long and dreary winter season.

If your home has limited floor space, look to the walls. Transform one wall and bring summer indoors.
Get your home ready with these awesome summer decor ideas.

1. Paint the Wall a New Color

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Summer decor is all about fresh colors, and paint can make your abode feel like a holiday home. It offers an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home. Summer paint colors spell flowers in bloom, fresh air, sunny afternoons, and cool breezes. They are vibrant and soothing — perfect for the warm-weather months.

Whether you want to channel summertime throughout the year or simply want to give your home a quick seasonal update, colors such as coral, marigold, buttercream yellow, and summer blue can do the trick. If you want a paint color that will be stylish the whole year, go for neutral colors such as white, beige, ivory, and taupe.

2. Add Wallpaper

Modern wallpaper is nothing like traditional wallpaper. It’s easy to install and remove. You can select different wallpapers and swap them every season or when your mood changes. Vinyl wallpaper is great for areas that have a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, while non-woven wallpaper is perfect for areas that stay dry, such as living rooms and bedrooms.

3. Incorporate Wall Decals

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If you would like to steer clear of the messy application process of wallpaper, wall decals are a great alternative. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the small-scale wall decals such as silhouettes of trees and birds that are all over the place.

We are talking about full-size wall decals that give the look of wallpaper or large-scale decals that make a statement and add drama and sophistication to a room. There are also giant wall decals that copy architectural features such as windows, brick, and stone.

4. Hang A Few Plants

Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to liven up your home with fresh greenery. Plants can make your rental space more eco-centric and seasonal. They also make you feel connected to the outdoors. Climbing plants such as Virginia Creeper and Ivy have aerial roots and cling to surfaces.

If you don’t have a green thumb or have no time to take care of plants, you can hang dried or faux plants and flowers on to your accent wall.

5. Decorate the Wall with Felt or Other Textiles

Nothing embodies elegance like a wall full of beautiful flowers. The great thing about flowers made from felt and other fabrics is they are lovely to behold and do not wilt, meaning you can use them all year round. They add a stunning three-dimensional effect as well as color and texture. Fabric flowers can also create a faux wallpaper effect. The Airbloom acoustic flowers from Unika Vaev offer a unique blend of style, color, and acoustic absorption.

You can also use large textiles, macrame, and rugs to give an accent wall a kick. Textiles can bring new life into a wall while adding a touch of artistry and helping bring a room’s design together. These can be placed in a traditional frame, hung from a large rail or pole inserted through hoops at the top, or with string attached to the back and hung from a nail. Which brings us to our next way to brighten up your accent wall.

6. Hang Art

Another alternative to painting an accent wall is hanging art. It’s a great way to update a wall without going against your landlord’s wishes (if you live in a rental). Art can add a lot of warmth and character to a space. Select a piece that fits the wall you would like to accentuate; make sure it’s not too big or too small.

If you don’t want to get rid of your favorite pieces every season, frame the art for a quick and easy update. You can choose colorful frames or lighten the mood with neutral-colored frames.

7. Change the Lighting Fixtures

While summer has long days with plenty of natural light, you shouldn’t forget about artificial light. Lighting fixtures can brighten up a living space and define a room. For example, warm lights can create a calm and cozy atmosphere in rooms where people like to relax.

On the other hand, bright lights help people to remain alert and focused and make tasks easier to complete. They are perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, and home offices.

8. Hang a Mirror

A mirror is a unique piece as it combines both decor and function. It has a way of making dark rooms appear brighter and small spaces feel larger. And depending on how you hang it, a mirror can hide a flaw on the wall. The important thing is to choose the right spot for the mirror to enhance the room’s beauty.

However, not all mirrors are designed to be hung, some lean against the wall. Be sure you’re buying the right one.

9. Integrate Wood Panels

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If you’re a fan of interior design, you probably know about the transformative power of a wood plank wall. Wood panels have become an increasingly popular option for accent walls. They give a room a rustic look and also add richness and depth.

In a bedroom, wood panels can be used to accentuate the wall behind the bed. In a living room, they can be installed around the fireplace to create a focal point.

10. Add Summer-Themed Décor Items

Small, bold accessories can go a long way towards getting your home ready for summer. You can decorate your wall with nautical decor to make your home feel like a beach house. You can also print and frame your travel photographs and arrange them in a gallery.

No question about it, you can transform the look and feel of a room just by focusing your creative energy on one wall. Once you learn the fundamentals of creating an accent wall, you can quickly transform any room without a lot of effort. And truth be told, decorating one wall is a lot cheaper than decorating four.