How to Create an Accent Wall with Shelving

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I don’t know about you but there are areas in my house that drive me nuts. I have pictures and items that I’ve picked up while traveling but no where to put them. I found the perfect solution and I am so excited to share this design idea with you.

1 - Pick a Wall Large Enough

It all starts with finding the right space you want for these shelves. For me, I selected this wall. No art seemed to match this room, and at the end of the day I really wanted an opportunity to showcase my favorite photos and all my favorite things.

2 - Cut Boards to Length of the Space

I measured out the space on the wall and cut these boards to the perfect length of the wall. That was a must for me because we never found shelves that fit the space.

3 - Use Shelving Brackets or Pipes

Shelving Brackets are an easy way to hold shelves, but I really love the idea of using these pipes coupled by 1 by 1 strips gives the shelves support. It gives an industrial chic look that both my husband and I could compromise on.

4 - Set Shelves to Fit the Tallest Item

Then I took into consideration all the items I plan to put on the wall. I wanted to make sure they would fit and have a little bit of space on top. This way the color I’m adding comes though and it doesn’t look wedged in there.

5 - Choose Similar Colors for an Ombre Effect

Next, I really wanted this to be a statement in the room. This was going to be my “work of art”. So, I knew it needed color and I wanted this whole project to be easy. So, when I shop for paint, I took into consideration the base color paint of the room. From there I went to the sample cards and literally went down the line and grabbed paints within the color family. This makes the shelf concept look like part of the room. I’m a big fan of the Ombre Wall and this concept was a modern twist. When paired with these pipes to hold the shelves, the room shelving truly became a focal point in the room. If your room has artwork of other photos and this color concept doesn’t seem to fit your space, then consider painting just the shelves,  adding that unexpected pop of color in a neutral space.

Make sure that the objects vary in height for a larger visual impact. Whether you choose to display a tall unique piece of art or a sleek contemporary vase, add something that draws your eye upward. With unique hardware, combination of colors, and a personal touch, you too can create a masterpiece that you and your family can enjoy.

Colors Used in Video

  • Benjamin Moore: Misty Blue 820
  • Benjamin Moore: Riviera Axure 822
  • Benjamin Moore: Yin Yang 824
  • Benjamin Moore: Stunning 826
  • Benjamin Moore: Baby's Breath 873

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Published 7/23/21

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