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An Accent Wall Completely Changed the Look of This Bedroom

by Lisa Bonanno|Jun 24, 2021

Hello lovely friends, I’ve missed you!

I took some time off from blogging to be able to enjoy time with family over the end of the summer and I’m finally getting back into a routine. Have you found it difficult to stick to a routine this year? I sure have! It seems like everything has been so out of whack…but I’m deciding in my heart to continue to do the things that help me with my routine…. daily devotions, exercise, planning what I can, taking deep breaths, and learning to not get stressed when my routine is interrupted!

We’ve all been spending more time at home and because of this, it’s easy to get discouraged about the spaces in our homes. This summer, I walked by my daughter’s bedroom (which hasn’t changed from when she moved several years ago!) and thought… "This room needs help!"

However, I had zero inspiration for this space, so I did nothing!

By the way…when you don’t know what to do about space, it’s okay to wait and do nothing until you get inspired. About 6 months later, a picture popped up on my IG feed and I knew that this is what I needed to do in this space!

Let me show you some before pics of this bedroom so that you can see my dilemma.


Before, a white metal bed frame, blue bedding
Before, a white metal bed frame, blue bedding
Before, a white metal bed frame, blue bedding, white nightstant

Here is my inspiration picture from Ashley @modernly_you. Isn’t this accent wall beautiful? Actually, I love everything about this room!

light wood platform bed frame, cozy netural bedding

I could tell that she used thin trim boards to create this look in her room and so I decided to do the same for our guest bedroom.

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. Trim Boards

I used 1 1/2” by 1/4” - Mine was already primed from Lowe’s.

trim boards

2. Wood Glue

I put this on the back of the board first to keep it adhered to the wall.

wood glue

3. Pin Nailer or hammer and thin nails.

This secures the boards onto the wall after the glue.

nail gun

4. Chop Saw

You can also use a regular hand saw if you don’t have a chop saw because the boards are thin.

chop saw

5. Paintable Caulk

This is to fill in the gaps between boards before you paint the wall.

paintable caulk

6. The paint of your choice to finish it up.

Here are the steps to creating a fun, boho-inspired accent wall:

1. Decide on your pattern.

This is a fun step! There are so many cool patterns out there so explore Pinterest to find the one that you want!

2. Use a pencil to mark the wall (or use painter’s tape).

Placing trim on wall

We decided where we wanted to place the trim pieces and then measured where to cut them.

3. Use a chop saw to cut the pieces.

Cutting down trim pieces to size

4. Apply wood glue on the back of the boards and then secure them into place with a pin nailer.

Applying wood glue to trim pieces
Nailing trim to wall

5. Keep working along your wall and adding pieces.

I kept my picture handy so that I could refer to it!

A woman adding trim pieces to wall
Accent wall complete with trim pieces

6. Fill in the gaps with caulk and then paint.

This is Sherwin Williams Shell White. It is the same color as the trim in this room and allows a small room to really flow together and look bigger.

Paint roller and paint tray

7. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful wood accent wall!

A woman sitting in a room, a completed accent wall 

Thanks for joining me today, friends!

I can’t wait to show you the finished look of this room which will be my next post. This room - which used to be my least favorite room - is now my new favorite room!

This article was written by Lisa Bonanno at Cottage Style.

Meet the Author

Lisa loves mixing boho, vintage, and modern together in their home and three Airbnbs! She hopes to inspire as she shares simple ways to create warm spaces filled with modern cottage charm.

Follow along with Lisa on Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog! You won't want to miss out!

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