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Accent walls have grown immensely in popularity in recent decades. The subtle addition of texture and dimension can completely transform the look of any space. Whether you’re looking to install rustic wood or a classic shiplap, there are so many opportunities to improve the appeal and functionality of your spaces. 

Where It Will Go

Of course, the first decision you’ll have to make is where this accent wall will go. Perhaps you’re even considering installing siding on all four walls of a room. Whichever may be the case, choosing a location that could use some spice is ideal. 

For those that ultimately would like to install siding in a common area but aren’t ready to commit to a design, try it out somewhere else first. Spruce-up a wall in a bathroom you rarely use or inside of a closet to get an idea of what your accent wall will look like. Once you’re finally ready to install it in a space you frequent daily, you’ll have a good idea of what it’ll look like.

It’s also important to keep in mind if the wall has any outlets, windows, or other obstructions that could make your install more difficult. All of these features can easily be built around, but it never hurts to keep it in the back of your mind— especially if you choose to take this project on yourself!

Which Materials To Use

Now comes the fun part. If you’re considering installing an accent wall, there are so many options on the market to make it your own. Siding options range from rustic reclaimed wood to traditional white and sleek. Regardless of your preference, accent walls are sure to bring character and interest into any space.

Shiplap tends to be a fan-favorite for many of our customers. It’s easy to install and comes in a wide variety of colors and grain options. Shiplap is a popular option for accent walls due to its flat surface once installed. Unlike other options, like bevel siding for instance, shiplap is smooth and flat from top to bottom.

Another hugely popular siding options for accent walls are tongue and groove styles. Tongue and groove materials have a traditional and clean look and can coexist with virtually any design. Some of our customer-favorites are cedar T&G and blue stain pine T&G. Cedar materials will give your room a cozy and cabin-like feel, perfect for a mountain home. Whereas blue stain pine (AKA beetle kill pine) will add color and a one of a kind look to the walls of your home. Both are great options for accent walls to achieve a subtle hint of texture and dimension.

Installation Process (DIY or Labor Hire?)

Once you have your materials and a wall that you’d like to upgrade, it’s time for installation. For many interior siding products, installation can be done by a DIYer with the right tools. Depending on the magnitude of the project, an accent wall should be a seamless installation for most. 

For those trying to cover a large wall that they can’t reach or who don’t have all the necessary tools, hiring a contractor is recommended. Since accent walls are typically a breeze, hiring someone to do the labor for you shouldn’t have too many additional costs. 

Maintaining Your Accent Wall

Lastly, once your accent wall is up and looks as good as ever, it’s important to do some upkeep when necessary. It is recommended to inspect the boards semi-annually to ensure that there are no noticeable flaws or signs of damage. Staining boards is not always important, but it can add to the longevity of them later on. 

If you do notice any cosmetic flaws or signs of warping, replace the damaged boards as soon as you can. Maintaining the look and functionality of an accent wall is practically effortless and provides it with so much life for years to come.

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